Brighton v Nottingham Forest – The American Express Community Stadium at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1
After a thrilling start to their Championship campaign, Nottingham Forest will now travel down south to take on promotion challengers Brighton at the American Express Community Stadium on Friday night to continue their winning ways.
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Brighton started off their 2016-17 season with a 0-0 draw away to Derby County on Saturday, a game of two halves with Brighton dominating the second period and Tomer Hemed squandering a number of chances to bag three points for the visitors.
It hasn’t been a quiet week for the Seagulls either with a mid-week EFL cup game taking place. Chris Hughton fielded a second team who went on to beat Colchester United 4-0 at home; John Murphy grabbing a brace late on in the second half.
Hughton will want to push on this season and once again contend for promotion, considering last season they were knocked out of the play-offs by Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 over two legs. It is a long season, but there is experience within the squad with the likes of Steve Sidwell, Glenn Murray and David Stockdale providing a real spine to the team.
There are no injuries for the Seagulls, as Dale Stephens may be set to make a return after serving his suspension. Furthermore, this will be their first home game of the Championship season, and the home crowd will definitely make their voices heard. However, it has to be mentioned Brighton have only won two of their last five home matches of a new season.
Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, started off their campaign with a goal fest beating newly promoted Burton Albion 4-3 at the City ground; Britt Assombalonga grabbing a brace to push the hosts up to fourth after the opening day and marking Nigel Clough’s return with a defeat.
Away from home and carrying on from last season, Philippe Montanier’s side have not lost in their last three. While looking back at their first away game of the new season, they have only won one fixture on the road from their last five.
Forest will be without left-back Danny Fox for this match as he is currently serving a suspension, while there seems to be no other issues with the squad. A massive boost for the visitors heading into, what is, a crucial match for only their second game of the campaign.
The Reds also had an EFL cup match to play mid-week and like Brighton, Montainer fielded a second team to go on and beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium; Jamie Ward scoring in the 91st minute to bag the win.
Last season Brighton completed the double over Nottingham Forest; beating them on the opening day of the season at home 1-0, before travelling up to The City Ground and winning 2-1. In fact, Forest have only won one of their last five and two of their last ten against Brighton, but it has to be mentioned that both wins were away from home.
Looking at a Brighton win here. They have better quality in their squad and were unlucky to not come away with a win on the opening day of the season. While the game against Burton Albion showed us that Montanier’s side will leak goals this season. This may be more comfortable than it looks for Hughton and co.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Brighton -0.5 @ 1.83 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.