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Bournemouth would find themselves clear at the top of the Championship table if they could string together a consistent run of results, but they have been hampered by far too many draws.
So far, the Cherries have failed to win three games on the bounce and have thrown away costly points in winnable games against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.
Having said that, they still find themselves second and could even leapfrog Norwich into first with a win on Tuesday.
Jason Tindall’s side come into this game off the back of two consecutive wins, but have so far failed to string three wins together all season after a home draw with QPR ended their only other two-game winning run.
They can count themselves fortunate that they are even on a two-game winning run to begin with after they fell two goals behind against Reading on Saturday afternoon.
It is this inconsistency that could cost Bournemouth next May and they may struggle again against a Forest side that will make life difficult for them.
Forest have undoubtedly improved under Chris Hughton and are likely to dig in at the Vitality Stadium in an attempt to limit Bournemouth’s sight of goal and have the tools to frustrate last season’s Premier League club.
This is a huge game for Forest, who play five of the top six in their next five games, and they could really do with avoiding defeat on the south coast.
Regardless of the final result, this is likely to be a low-scoring game given it involves Nottingham Forest.
The Reds don’t score a lot of goals and they don’t concede many either, even when they are in a poor run of form.
Their games have been notably low-scoring for the best part of two years now and only two of their 12 games this year have seen more than two goals.
Away from home, their games have been even more low-scoring and the last time a Forest away game saw over 2.5 goals was in early March against Middlesbrough.
Hughton will set Forest up to frustrate Bournemouth, sacrificing much of the Reds’ attacking threat in return for blunting Bournemouth’s potent attack.
It’s hard to see goals in this one.
With Forest likely to dig in on the edge of their own penalty area, the chances of a high corner count are markedly greater.
Bournemouth, who have averaged nine corners a game in their last three games, are sure to win a similar number on Tuesday if Forest are indeed forced to scramble to clear the ball from their area on occasions.
Forest, meanwhile, have averaged more than five corners a game over their last six games and will probably win at least a couple of corners on Tuesday, making this 4/5 bet good value for money.
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