David Prutton predicts Nottingham Forest clash against Derby, backs 50/1 result
By Amir Mir
David Prutton has predicted Nottingham Forest to draw 1-1 with Derby on Sunday afternoon at the iPro Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Prutton has backed Rams midfielder Bradley Johnson to score first in the stalemate, which is odds of 50/1 with Sky Bet.
Philippe Montanier’s side have won their last three Championship fixtures, including beating leaders Newcastle on home soil last Friday.
By contrast their rivals have been in resurgent form under Steve McClaren winning their last five league games.
Former Forest midfielder Prutton highlighted the pressure of this mouth-watering fixture, as he explained why he is backing a score draw.
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“I’ve disappointingly gone for a draw but that’s not down to any emotional attachment even though I have a fond place in my heart for Forest,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column.“These two are meeting at a good time for it to be honours even. Derby have been fantastic under Steve McClaren, and he has got the most out of players like Bradley Johnson and Tom Ince.
“They come up against a Forest side who looked out of sorts, but three wins on the bounce have put them on a more positive note. The more they keep winning on the pitch, the more we focus on the football rather than the business side.
“It’s not an unstoppable force against an immovable object, but the tension that comes with this derby, there is an edge to the game and I get the feeling that it will be tight.”
Forest, who are 13th in the league table, are four points behind their neighbours, who are eyeing a play-off spot.
McClaren’s side can go into the top six with a win on Sunday and if those above them drop points on Saturday afternoon.
Forest captain Henri Lansbury has been in inspiring form for his team this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists in 17 league games.
The former Arsenal midfielder scored a hat-trick the last time his side were on the road when they beat Barnsley 5-2 at Oakwell.
Forest have also scored an impressive 34 goals in 19 league games this term, only Newcastle have found the back of the net more times.
In other Nottingham Forest news, supporters on Twitter have thanked their former player for his display against Forest last Friday.