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Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

City Ground, 1945 BST, Sky Sports Red Button

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Without viewing the table, you'd believe that Nottingham Forest would be in the top-six when you're told that they have lost just once this season.

Yet they find themselves in the midst of one of their worst starts to the season in recent years. Aitor Karanka's men have struggled to turn one point into three, drawing five of their opening seven encounters.

They come up against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday side at the City Ground, but the home team are the odds-on favourites here.

While Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy would have been expected to be the main contributors in the goals department, they have been beaten by Matty Cash, who looks good value to continue that form here.

The 21-year-old has four goals in his last six outings, despite playing the majority of those games out wide in the right midfield role. It highlights his eye for the net, and the attacking intent that he brings into this Nottingham Forest side.

A best price of 9/2 is available on him scoring anytime on Wednesday evening, which looks overpriced based on track record so far.

The hosts will have to draw upon the fact they are unbeaten in front of their home fans this season, that includes a victory over Premier League outfit in the Carabao Cup.

You feel that Forest's fortunes will have to turn eventually. The fact that they are still picking up points suggests that they're not a million miles away from finding the right formula.

They'll also look to exploit Wednesday's weaknesses away from Hillsborough. Jos Luhukay's side have won just once on the road this season, that coming against a struggling Reading side.

Best bet: Matty Cash to score anytime at 9/2


Reading v Norwich

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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke
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These two sides have struggled in the opening exchanges of the season, with just three wins between them in a combined 14 games.

Reading did pick up their first victory of the season though last time out, coming out on the right side of a five-goal thriller away at Preston.

Norwich were also successful as they beat title hopefuls Middlesbrough, they'll be aiming to use that momentum here.

This one could go either way, but there could be value in backing a game with goals in the second-half.

In the Royals' last three games, they have scored at least one in the second 45 minutes of a game. Three of Norwich's last four has produced the same outcome in this area.

Add in the confidence that both sides have from their last outings, and there could be a potential for goals.

There is value in the 5/2 available on both teams to score in the second-half. They are two teams who can play the patient game when it comes to finding the net, and both will know the importance of a win here in the long-run.

Best bet: Both teams to score in the second-half at 5/2


Odds correct at 1535 BST (18/09/18)

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