Two of the Championship’s form teams meet at the Liberty Stadium and our Swansea vs Nottingham Forest predictions point a match which is balanced on a knife-edge.
The Swans sit top of the table with 16 points out of the last 18 which saw them overhaul Charlton and Leeds United.
Forest, meanwhile, took eight points from the last 12 available, including a tremendous win at Craven Cottage which took the wind from Fulham’s sails.
Can they repeat the fine form which saw them take points at Leeds and Charlton? It’s a tall order against Steve Cooper’s unfancied side.
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Swansea vs Nottingham Forest Predictions
It was a dogged performance at Elland Road which brought Swansea three points and top spot in the Championship last time around. Wayne Routledge’s 90th-minute strike punctured the air of invincibility Leeds United cultivated so far this season.
Not that Forest will be in awe; they went to Yorkshire in August and took a creditable point. The East Midlanders are proving doughty travellers; a point at each of Leeds and Charlton as well as winning at Fulham when the West Londoners were flying.
Yet, it’s hard to see them taking anything from the game. Swansea have five home wins out of five in all competitions this season. Only Hull City managed to stop the Welsh club scoring three or more goals in their match.
However, it is only in the last three games that the Swans defence has got their act together, keeping consecutive clean sheets (H2, A1). In the Championship, only Birmingham failed to score of the visiting teams at the Liberty Stadium.
It is a fortress for Swansea though. Aston Villa were the last away team to win a league match there, fourteen games ago (W10, D4).
Our Swansea vs Nottingham Forest predictions point to this being a stamina-sapping affair for the visitors who will need to keep their wits about them in the match’s closing staging. Steve Cooper’s side scored eight of their 12 goals in the final 30 minutes of their six league matches this season.
Borja Baston leads the Swans scoring charts with five goals and has netted in every home game so far this season. He also created one against Preston, just for good measure.
Forest won’t be overawed, however. Unbeaten away from home (W1, D2), they will be encouraged by the stature of their opponents on the days they faced them.
Like Swansea, they are late goalscorers. Their crucial away goals came after the hour mark with Lewis Grabban scoring at Leeds and Fulham; Albert Adomah took the points at Fulham with 13 minutes left, after Grabban got Forest after a flyer.
It’s those results which mark this out as a tough game for Swansea. However, the three points at Leeds will leave their confidence sky-high. Can they deliver and maintain their promotion challenge, even in these early days of the season?
Swansea vs Nottingham Forest Head to Head
This is the 64th meeting between the two sides with Forest nudging the head-to-head with 25 wins to Swansea’s 23.
It is the Welsh side who are on top in recent encounters with one defeat in four (W2, D1). They are unbeaten in three in South Wales (W2, D1).
Swansea Team News
Aldo Kalulu and Nathan Dyer are both long-term absentees but Swans boss Cooper has no fresh injury concerns from the international break yet.
Given their success at Leeds, it will be a surprise if Swansea don’t field an unchanged XI for this game.
Nottingham Forest Team News
Forest are also reporting a clean bill of health at the moment. Like his opposite number, Sabri Lamouchi is expected to largely keep faith with the team fielded last time out (1 – 1 vs Preston North End).
Swansea vs Nottingham Forest Betting Tips
Novibet’s match odds point to this being a home banker. Swansea sit at 87/100 with Forest at 14/5, 51/20 the draw.
If you are looking to pointers for this game, Forest’s defensive record on the road isn’t good; just two clean sheets on their travels in 2019 and none in their three away games this season.
Sabri Lamouchi beware; Swansea haven’t failed to score at home since 26th December and netted over 2.5 goals in their last four home games.
However, it isn’t all bad news for the visitors. Forest scored one or more in six of their last eight away games and netted in all three this season.