Unbeaten at the City Ground and up into the play-off places in the Championship, Nottingham Forest look a home banker as they host Bristol City but the bookies concur and subsequently, a victory for Billy Davies’ men won’t exactly prove lucrative for punters at odds of 4/7 with Totesport.
Better value, at 8/5 (Betfred) are Portsmouth, who entertain Burnley. The hosts snapped a run of four straight league and cup defeats on Saturday, drawing with Leeds at Fratton Park and have been unfortunate not to have secured more home wins this term.
Pompey come up against a Clarets team with just one away success this season and although the appointment of Eddie Howe should eventually result in an improvement at Turf Moor, the former Bournemouth manager’s first game in charge didn’t reap instant rewards as they were held at struggling Scunthorpe and we see little reason why they will fare better at Fratton Park.
In League One, leaders Brighton can bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth by seeing off Colchester at the Withdean Stadium, a result William Hill rate at 8/11 and Leyton Orient have been underestimated a touch at 11/8 (Stan James) as they welcome MK Dons to Brisbane Road.
However, there’s some appeal in a small flutter on Tranmere. Rovers head to fellow strugglers Swindon knowing that victory would be a huge boost in their fight to avoid the drop and they’re in high spirits following Saturday’s triumph against previously in-form Southampton. Contrast this with the Robins, who have lost their last three and Les Parry’s troops begin to look tempting at 15/4 with .
League Two leaders Chesterfield could be in for a tough evening as they head to Gillingham. The home side have won seven of their last nine to move up into play-off contention and are 7/5 courtesy of Totesport to grab another three points in this one. Nevertheless, the Spireites have lost just once on the road, stalemates being their away result of choice so any punt on the Gills should probably be in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Coral quote them at 4/6.
Hereford meanwhile, would have appealed at 6/4 (bet365) to manage another home win as they face Morecambe but the departure of the Bulls’ star striker Mathieu Manset makes us a little wary