A run of nine games without a win has derailed Nottingham Forest’s promotion push, leaving them four points adrift of the top six and with only half a dozen matches remaining, Billy Davies’ men need to swiftly get back to winning ways if they are to stand a chance of finishing in the Championship play-off places.
Next up for Forest is the visit of out-of-sorts Burnley who have taken just one point from their last five games and with the Clarets’ own top six bid virtually dead in the water, following their 4-0 defeat at Leicester at the weekend, the clash presents Davies’ troops with the ideal opportunity to get back on track.
They’re 21/20 with Boylesports to send Eddie Howe’s side home empty-handed as with Forest at least showing some battling qualities of late, albeit in defeat, that’s a price worth considering.
Also looking to gatecrash the play-off places are Millwall, who are locked on 60 points alongside Nottingham Forest. The Lions tend to be strong on their own patch and they can demonstrate as much by landing three points as they host Bristol City, a result rated by Betfred at 8/11.
However, that price gives little away and there’s more value to be had elsewhere at the New Den, where Steve Morrison is a tempting 6/5 (Paddy Power) to get on the scoresheet. The Welsh striker has four in five for the Lions and crucially he has also found the net eight times in nine home matches so he has every chance of adding to his tally against a Robins side that shipped four goals at Barnsley at the weekend.
At the Walkers Stadium meanwhile, Leicester, fresh from a 4-0 triumph against Burnley are 7/5 (bet365) to beat struggling Crystal Palace by at least two clear goals and Cardiff (23/20, ) can keep their automatic promotion hopes alive with a victory at hapless Sheffield United.
Nottingham Forest to beat Burnley – 21/20 (Boylesports)
Steve Morison to score at any time for Millwall – 6/5 (Paddy Power)
Leicester (-1) to beat Crystal Palace – 7/5 (bet365)
Cardiff to beat Sheffield United – 23/20 ()