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Bet of the day: Nottingham Forest to lead at half-time in Brighton battle

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | April 11, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • Forest have held half-time leads in half of their last six matches
  • No clean sheet in three for Seagulls

Forest can hold half-time advantage over Albion

Coral offer customers a matchday special of 7/2 (max stake €/£20) for Nottingham Forest to hold a half-time lead at home over Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion in Sky Sports’ televised football offering on Monday.

The Tricky Trees could well dent Chris Hughton’s hopes of completing a remarkable transformation at the Seagulls, with the south coast club struggling when he took over.

Looking assured of a spot in the Championship play-offs, Brighton could still go on to win this game, but this bet will come off if they are behind at half-time and here’s why there is every chance that may happen here.

Reds as often as not in front

Hull City v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship - KC Stadium

Forest have held an advantage after the first 45 in half of their last six league outings. It thus follows if they were able to get their noses in front against FA Cup quarter-finalists Reading, Brighton’s fellow promotion pushers Hull City and at home to ever-improving Preston North End, then they can do so again.

Equipped with the likes of young winger Ben Osborn and Portugal international frontman Nelson Oliveira, there are goals and guile among the ranks of this East Midlands outfit.

Slack Seagulls ditch defending?

Throughout his coaching career, a hallmark of Hughton teams has been strong defensive displays, but recently Brighton seem to have let that slide with no clean sheet in their previous three coming into this trip to the City Ground.

Albion conceded the first goal in their previous outing, also on an away day in the Midlands at Birmingham City, In fact, their record against teams from that region is poor this season, so Forest have every chance of holding a half-time lead on home turf.

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