Forest goal struggle says it could be a tight affair

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THE 3-1 defeat at the Riverside sees Sheffield Wednesday just two points from the drop zone and they make the short trip to Nottingham on Saturday for a game that always has the feel of a local derby.

Forest are a shade of odds on at 9/10 with BetVictor to inflict a third defeat in a row for the Owls who are 31/10 and the draw at 13/5.

Forest have drawn 50 per cent of their Championship fixtures to date and have only scored nine times in eight games at the City Ground so far; it looks sure to be tight with a 1-1 draw at 13/2 the recommendation. Both teams to score is priced at 8/13.

Gary Madine grabbed his first league goal against Boro and remains 4/1 jt fav with Chris O’Grady to be top Wednesday goalscorer in the Championship. Chris Maguire is now 5s.

Barnsley are now 4/6 for relegation after their latest setback against Huddersfield at Oakwell and they travel across the Pennines to the Reebok Stadium to meet one of the League’s underachievers.

Bolton were many people’s favourites for the Championship at the start of the season but a poor start saw Owen Coyle removed. Dougie Freedman was installed and has yet to see his side lose in three games.

That said they are out to 5/1 for promotion and will be desperate for the points; Bolton are 8/15 for all three points with the Reds 11/2 and the draw at 16/5.

A last minute spot kick was enough to end Sheffield United’s unbeaten start to the season and one point from two difficult away games at Swindon and MK Dons has seen Danny Wilson’s side slip five points behind Tranmere Rovers at the top of League One.

They have 19 goals in seventeen games and only eleven conceded which indicates both weakness and strength and they face a fascinating clash with third placed Stevenage at Bramall Lane.

Boro have lost three of their last four but have taken nineteen of their 32 points on their travels so far this season and have conceded only five in their eight away games.

But they shipped four at home to Preston last weekend, however, and 5/6 for the Blades looks fair with the draw at 5/2 and Stevenage 18/5. United are still 5/2 favourites for the title (Stevenage 20s) with MK Dons 4s and Swindon 11/2.

Doncaster Rovers continue to frustrate and two successive home defeats has seen them slip out of the play-off zone. They have more points on the road (17 against 10 at the Keepmoat) and will be looking to get their promotion challenge back on track at Fratton Park.

We can’t split the sides at 17/10 at BetVictor with the draw at 23/10. Rovers are back out to 25s for the Title, 9/2 for promotion and 13/8 for a top six finish.

Dagenham & Redbridge have improved in recent weeks but their 5-0 defeat of Rotherham was a shock to everyone including in the east end of London; the Millers were unbeaten in five going into the game and they should have a positive reaction at home to Cheltenham.

The Millers are even money with the draw 13/5 and the visitors 29/10; Cheltenham have only lost one of their eight away games, conceding only seven goals and it is likely to be tight. Rotherham are still even money to be promoted.

Chesterfield are 6/5 to pick up all three points at home to Chris Wilder’s Oxford United who are 23/10. The draw is on offer at 12/5.