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It wasn’t the ideal ending to 2020 for Cardiff as they lost each of their concluding three games, while they also lost the all-important Welsh derby against rival Swansea just prior to that.
With that in mind, the break couldn’t have come at a better time in the season for them and the rest should have done them a world of good.
Forest haven’t exactly been formidable themselves, losing six of seven winless matches over a period from mid-November into the early stages of December, while they’ve only managed two wins from their last five unbeaten outings since.
There is little evidence to suggest that they’re capable of a turnaround in 2021, as only once this term have they strung together back-to-back victories and with just two wins from their last 12 outings since mid-November, drawing three of the last four, we can’t be getting behind Chris Hughton’s men.
Under 2.5 Goals
The Bluebirds have had a mixed bag of results on the road this season, going W4-D3-L5 from their 12 trips.
Their shortcomings have come in attack as only three times have they managed to net more than once across those games.
Indeed, eight of those saw fewer than three goals, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this game followed a similar story.
The hosts have seen fewer than three strikes in 11 of their last 13 outings dating back to early November, including each of the five since mid-December, and you only have to look at their respective home and away goals per games records to see that this is likely to follow suit.
Indeed, Forest are averaging 0.91 gpg at City Ground, while Cardiff are currently averaging exactly 1 gpg on the road.
1-1 Correct Score
Considering the drawing nature of the Tricky Trees’ games before the break, we feel this one could go the way of a stalemate too.
The teams’ respective goals per games points that way of a 1-1, which was the case in half of Forests’ last four, while Cardiff have seen goal scoring draws in three of their four matches in this competition since the start of last term.
However, with our strongest bet in this game being the ‘Unders’, we’d rather just stick to having a little flutter on the correct score as if the draw does come in, it’s very likely to be 1-1.