Forest to continue fine form

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: March 16 2013, 15:13 GMT

Craig Chisnall expects another win for Nottingham Forest as he previews this weekend's action in the Championship and League One.

Billy Davies: His Nottingham Forest can enjoy more success
Billy Davies: His Nottingham Forest can enjoy more success

Billy Davies could not have wished for much more on his return to Nottingham Forest - and I simply can't ignore the in-form Reds against Hull.

Yes the Tigers are in second but they've been far from their fluent best recently, losing two of their last four, while Davies' men are simply flying.

Forest have swept all before them in the last month, winning their last five and taking 16 points from the last 18 available at the start of Davies' second spell in charge.

They've also scored 13 goals in the process while shipping just two at the other end and they are playing with a real swagger.

Confidence must be sky high judging by captain Danny Collins' bold prediction they should target the top two - win at the KC Stadium and they won't be the only ones believing that. You can get 12/5 and I'd pounce all over that.

How Wolves and Bristol City would love to be on anything like the run Forest are at the moment.

I wouldn't have had this down as a clash between the bottom two at this stage of the season but both are in deep trouble.

Tuesday's win for Barnsley over Brighton and Peterborough's point at Leeds makes this clash even more vital.

With Wolves struggling for goals at home since Dean Saunders replaced Stale Solbakken in the Molineux hotseat and City tightening up at the back following Sean O'Driscoll's arrival at Ashton Gate I can't see this being a goalfest.

There's so much at stake I'd be surprised if there were goals at all but the price that attracts me is the 5/2 on the draw.

My final bet of the weekend's Championship action has in-form Bolton involved yet again.

I can't see them extending their winning run at Ipswich but an eye-catching price is the 5/1 offered on centre-back Craig Dawson to score at any time.

The former Rochdale man has been a revelation at the Reebok since his temporary switch from The Hawthorns.

Not only has he shored up their defence he's also scored four goals and I'd take him to find the back of the net again.

In League One, Walsall's surprise play-off push is showing no signs of coming off the rails and they will fancy their chances of seeing off Crawley.

Boss Dean Smith is working wonders with the Saddlers and on the back of just one defeat in their last 13 they are now just four points off the top six.

With limited funds available Smith has had to put his faith in youth at the Bescot Stadium and how it's been rewarded with the likes of Will Grigg and Jamie Paterson having the scouts flocking to the West Midlands.

They are 6/5 to see off the Red Devils and I'd back them to do just that.

At the other end of the table things are starting to look grim for rock-bottom Bury and I don't think they will find much cheer when Colchester visit.

The Shakers slipped to the foot of the table with defeat at Portsmouth last weekend, a result in our favour, and are now eight points from safety.

The U's were in deep trouble themselves not too long ago but have improved of late and only a Carl Baker goal in the final minute denied them a shock win at Coventry in midweek.

The 7/4 on Colchester looks too good to ignore with Bury, also under their second transfer embargo of the season, in such dire straits.


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