A full betting preview for Nottingham Forest v Wigan Athletic is now available in association with 888sport.Forest 11/8
Forest will welcome a return to The City Ground after a week of strife on the road, with defeats at Brighton and Brentford without a goal being scored.
With Britt Assombalonga missing in both matches, Forest fans will hope their star striker is restored to the starting XI against a Wigan side who’ve acquitted themselves well on their return to the Championship, gathering four points from their opening three games.
The Latics, freescoring in League One last year, don’t have happy memories of their last visit to the City Ground, a 3-0 drubbing two seasons ago, but, somewhat bizarrely, they do boast a brace of 4-1 wins at Forest in recent years, the first in a 2012 League Cup tie, the other in the Championship two years later.
Forest, though, will be encouraged by signs of the visitors’ vulnerability at the back, and with 16 goals between these two in their last five encounters, a chance should be taken on a high-scoring affair, with over 3.5 goals in the match particularly striking at 11/4.
A draw and both teams to score pays 18/5, while pessimistic home fans can back an away win with both teams scoring at 5/1.
The 2-2 draw is a 14/1 chance, 3-3 pays 60/1, a 3-2 home win is 29/1, while an unthinkable 4-1 triumph for The Latics is chalked up at 60/1.
Assombalonga, if he plays, is 18/5 to open the scoring, with the lively Hildeberto Pereira is 23/2; for the away team terrace hero Will Grigg is 27/5 to bang in the game’s first goal.
Prediction: 2-2 14/1
Bet of the day: Over 3.5 goals 11/4
Outside punt: Away win HT, home win FT 28/1