The Nottingham club have spent big money over the summer but are yet to pick up three points this season
The vast majority of clubs will be playing their round two games in the EFL Championship this coming Saturday (11 August). Four clubs, however, played midweek and one of those was promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest – their opening games have brought just two points however and a win is needed to desperately kick start their season.
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Forest take on Reading at the City Ground and a win already looks imperative despite it being so early in the season. The club’s aim is promotion back to the Premier League, and you can back them to achieve that goal at a price of 4.33, while they are at just 2.25 to secure a place in the top six, according to the Oddsshark site.
Reading lost their opening match of the season, 2-1 at home to Derby, and it is home side Forest who are the clear favourites to win this match. You can back Forest to pick up all three points in front of their own fans at just 1.66, while Reading are out at 5.50 to record a shock win on the road – a narrow 1-0 win for Forest is priced at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out.
Meanwhile, a match between two sides who will be looking to avoid the lower reaches of the table could be an entertaining spectacle. Blackburn Rovers, newly promoted from League One, host Millwall at Ewood Park in their first home game of the new season.
Both sides picked up points following 2-2 draws in their first round games and this match looks like it could have goals in it. Both Blackburn and Millwall are at 7.00 to be relegated to the third tier of English football, but the London club will have designs on the upper echelons of the table – Millwall, however, are at 6.50 to finish in the top six, with Blackburn at 7.00.
And it is the home side who come into this match as the favourites to pick up their first win of the campaign. You can more than double your money by backing Blackburn to take the points at 2.37, with Millwall’s price giving you the chance to almost triple your money at 3.00 – a draw is slightly higher at 3.25.
A 2-1 win for Blackburn is priced at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. You could almost more than double your money by backing more than 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10, while both teams to score is at 1.83.
And finally, a club which is among the favourites for promotion but is yet to pick up a win is West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies were relegated from the Premier League last season but are at short odds to bounce straight back – they are at just 3.75 to earn promotion back to the top flight.
Their price has lengthened slightly thanks to their slow start to the season. First, they lost 2-1 at home to Bolton on their opening day before recording a 1-1 draw away to Nottingham Forest.
Norwich are also yet to win this season but have played just one game so far this season, a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham City. The Canaries are at 11.00 to win promotion back to the Premier League, although they are at the shorter price of just 4.00 to finish in the top six.
The betting is very close in this one but it is home side Norwich who are the very slight favourites to record a first win of the season. You can back the Canaries to take all three points at 2.55, while West Brom are only slightly higher at 2.75 – a draw, which may look the most likely result, is higher still at 3.25.
Should you be in doubt, you can opt for the “Double Chance” option, which allows you to opt select two possible outcomes for the match rather than just one. A Norwich win or a draw is at 1.45, while a West Brom win or a draw is at 1.55 – alternatively, you can back either side to take the points at 1.35.
EFL Championship round 2 fixtures:
Saturday, 11 August
(1.90) Aston Villa x Wigan Athletic (4.20); draw (3.40)
(2.37) Blackburn Rovers x Millwall (3.00); draw (3.25)
(2.87) Bolton Wanderers x Bristol City (2.37); draw (3.40)
(1.75) Middlesbrough x Birmingham City (4.75); draw (3.60)
(2.40) Norwich City x West Bromwich Albion (2.90); draw (3.30)
(1.66) Nottingham Forest x Reading (5.50); draw (3.50)
(2.70) QPR x Sheffield United (2.50); draw (3.40)
(2.37) Rotherham x Ipswich Town (3.00); draw (3.20)
(2.25) Sheffield Wednesday x Hull City (3.25); draw (3.20)
(2.15) Stoke City x Brentford (3.25); draw (3.40)
(2.20) Swansea City x Preston North End (3.40); draw (3.20)
(1.95) Derby County x Leeds United (3.80); draw (3.40)