Preston and Nottingham Forest have promotion ambitions in their respective divisions while both are in tremendous form, North End having lost just one of their last ten compared to Forest’s unbeaten run that stretches back 13 games.
Nevertheless, their elevated league position means it’s Billy Davies’s men that are fancied to prevail in their FA Cup fourth round replay at Deepdale, William Hill pricing the visitors at 7/5 and BetVictor chalking the hosts up at 23/10.
The pair are likely to make plenty of changes, which might nudge one or two punters towards a stalemate after 90 minutes, at 12/5 with bet365 but Forest’s form is hard to ignore and their extra quality should just about see them get over the finish line.
Ladbrokes make Forest 33/10 to come out on top by a one-goal margin and as it’s likely that both sides will find the net (3/4, betway), it might be worth a modest speculation on a 2-1 Forest success at 10/1 via Ladbrokes.
Alternatively, it’s 7/2 at Paddy Power for Nottingham Forest to secure the victory but fail to keep a clean sheet.
Notts Forest to beat Preston 2-1 – 10/1 (Ladbrokes)