Mark Warburton is now the man in the hot-seat at Nottingham Forest but his arrival has done little to boost the side’s chances of remaining in the Championship for another season. Forest are clinging onto their second-tier status by their fingertips with just a single point separating them from the relegation zone and with third-placed Reading the visitors to the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, the omens aren’t looking too good to say the very least.
Nottingham Forest have managed a mere two victories in their last thirteen Championship outings, a dreadful statistic which is accurately reflected in their lowly league position. Strangely their two wins during this period were against promoted Brighton & Hove Albion and fourth-placed Huddersfield Town although we don’t envisage Warburton’s men managing a hat-trick of wins over top-four sides when they face the Royals on Saturday afternoon.
A negative result in this weekend’s clash could see them drop into the relegation zone and this is exactly what we predict will happen. Forest have failed to score in their last two games and it is hard to envisage them managing anything from their next match. Visitors Reading have managed five wins from their last six Championship games and have moved ahead of Huddersfield Town in the race for an automatic place.
Although the Royals will likely need to settle for a place in the play-offs, they can keep the pressure on second-placed Newcastle United by collecting all three points at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon. A clean sheet will be the icing on the cake.