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Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Feb 18. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Feb 18. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

We hope you’ve caught your breath after another frantic midweek of Championship action as we’re all set to get going again on Friday night with a huge clash between Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.

The Cherries occupy the second automatic promotion place in the table but are hardly in sparkling form, and they come up against a Forest side with serious momentum after some great results in league and cup. After beating Leicester City in the FA Cup, they went on to take three points from promotion hopefuls Blackburn, so they’re in good shape to have a real go at this one.

But the hosts have one of the most talented squads in the division, so stick around for our expert football betting tips that you can use to make a profit on the best betting websites.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Nottingham Forest to Win

Having watched Nottingham Forest since the turn of the year, they appear to be a side that relish the big occasion.

In 2022 they’ve beaten Premier League duo Arsenal and Leicester in the FA Cup, while in the Championship, a victory over local rivals Derby County is always a major morale-booster.

But Bournemouth have had a tough time of it for the last few months. Scott Parker’s side were cruising towards an instant return to the Premier League after a blistering start to the season, but just five wins since Halloween – a run stretching 14 Championship games – now has them looking over their shoulder.

And Nottingham Forest are not the side you want to face when nerves are jangling. With Steve Cooper’s Reds in superb form, we just can’t turn down 3/1 for the away win with 888.

Bournemouth Form, squad news, opinion

Despite still sitting in second place, it’s been a pretty torrid time for Bournemouth.

Not only has their Championship form taken a complete nosedive when compared to the start of the campaign, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Conference side Boreham Wood in early-February.

Their home form has also been scratchy and has seen them fail to pick up back-to-back wins since October. Incidentally, they won their last game at the Vitality Stadium 3-1 against Birmingham, but they played against ten men for large periods and were hardly convincing.

They can perhaps take encouragement from the fact they beat Forest 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in August. That said, it’s a very different Reds side now.

Lewis Cook continues to make progress from a serious knee injury but remains out for this one.

Nottingham Forest Form, squad news, opinion

The Championship table is getting seriously congested when it comes to the play-off picture, but Nottingham Forest will take some stopping.

The East Midlanders have won four of their last five games and are also showing real grit on the road, losing just two of their last 13 away games. Their most recent away win – a 2-0 success at Blackburn – was perhaps the most impressive when you consider the promotion aspirations of their hosts.

This is a young team with plenty of potential. 20-year-old local boy Brennan Johnson heads into this one in great form, with four goals in his last five games, while striker Keinan Davis has proven to be a smart loan acquisition from Aston Villa.

We’re being picky, but perhaps their defensive record could be a bit better. It’s just three clean sheets in their last nine Championship games, but when you’re outscoring Premier League opposition on cup duty, you’ll fancy your chances of going toe-to-toe with anyone in the second tier.

The most notable absentee from the Forest side will be experienced striker and top scorer Lewis Grabban, who will sit this one out with an ankle injury and faces a few more weeks on the treatment table.


These two don’t have a great deal of history, with Bournemouth operating as a lower-league club for the majority of their history. They’ve met a total of 17 times, with their first taking place in 1949.

And there’s a very even split between the two, with six wins apiece and five draws.

About the Venue

This one takes place at the Vitality Stadium, but locals will probably still call it Dean Court, which opened all the way back in 1910.

With a capacity of just over 11,000 it’s one of the smaller stadiums in the division, but it can still provide an intense atmosphere on matchday.


This one is a pretty close game to call, so when you’re presented with such a scenario you should always go for the value shot.

And that has to be Forest. They’re playing with a swagger at the moment and with Bournemouth looking shaky as they chase automatic promotion, we fancy the visitors to take advantage of those nerves on the south coast.

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