Sky Sports pundit David Prutton believes that the visit of Reading to the City Ground on Tuesday night is a “big game” but expects Nottingham Forest to sneak it.
Writing in his EFL predicts section for Sky Sports, the ex-Forest midfielder has predicted his old side to take all three points in a 2-1 victory for Aitor Karanka.
Neither team have set the Championship alight with their form this season and both have struggled to create any kind of momentum to steer them up the table.
Forest could only muster a draw last time out in the league against the division’s bottom-ranked side and Reading were beaten 2-1 by Middlesbrough.
Four points is all that separates the two clubs, but Prutton feels that the break Jaap Stam’s side have had may benefit the visiting side and is concerned by the four-game spell Forest have gone without registering a single goal.
The pundit wrote: “Now this is a big game between two hopelessly out-of-form sides at the City Ground. In the end it was a solid point for Nottingham Forest at Burton on Saturday after going down to 10 men so early on, but it also meant that they’ve now gone four games in the league without a goal.
“Reading are also struggling but may well have benefited from a lengthy break without a game, which should have rested some tired legs. That being said, I just have a feeling Forest will sneak this one.”
Karanka is set to be without January transfer window signing Ashkan Dejagah, who will be out of action for two months having had surgery on a knee injury sustained in training.
The home side haven’t won in the league since their shock 2-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in January and will be desperate to bag all three points on Tuesday night.
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