Nottingham Forest have moved up in to play-off contention in the Championship, but can they keep that form rolling with a result against Stoke in the EFL Cup this week? The hosts pulled off a huge win in one of the games of the round last time out, as they put out Premier League side Newcastle. This time around, they face a side who are having difficulty adapting to the second tier, which makes the hosts look like deserved favourites for the victory on Wednesday.
A 1-0 win over Rotherham wasn’t a hugely entertaining result, but the win has pushed Forest up to ninth in the table. They’re hoping to make a charge for a top six finish this season, with their squad getting some decent investment this summer. They’ve now managed back to back wins in the league, which has put them in contention for the top six. However, could that form transfer across to the EFL Cup this week? Given the buzz from their win over Newcastle, the chance for a cup run isn’t something they can pass up.
The visitors won’t be that worried about progress in the cups, given that their promotion charge is clearly struggling. The Potters are down in 18th in the league, despite starting the season as the favourites to win the title. They haven’t adjusted to life in the second tier, despite moving for experienced Championship boss Gary Rowett. He left Forest’s old rivals Derby in the summer, and since then things have gone wrong for the Potters.
The visitors seemingly misjudged the challenge of the Championship, with Saturday bringing a 3-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers at home. Their only win in their last four was a narrow success over Swansea, while on their away form has been terrible. They’ve claimed just two points on the road so far, away to Preston and Sheffield Wednesday. Leeds and West Brom have dispatched with the Potters already this season, and we’re backing them to struggle when they head to the City Ground.
The hosts are unbeaten in their first seven home matches this season, while three wins on the bounce has certainly raised confidence at this stadium. They should take that form and dump more misery on Stoke, and we think the hosts are excellent value after comparing their various starts to the campaign. We’re backing Forest Draw No Bet in this one, which gives us a little extra security of a refund if Forest can only extend their unbeaten run with a draw.