Back a draw this week between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle in the Championship.

Nottingham Forest will this week welcome the visit of Newcastle United in the Championship’s Friday night fixture, however it’s the visitors who are backed to win.

A win for Forest is doubted at 4/1 with bet365, while an away win for Rafa Benitez’s side is just 3/4. A draw between the two teams is 29/10.

Forest enter the fray this week looking to secure a hat-trick of wins in the league, with the club having see off Ipswich 2-0 and Barnsley 5-2 in recent times. Such form leaves them with an aggregate scoreline of 7-2 from their last 180 minutes of Championship football, and means that the East Midlands club now lies 17th in the table after what has been, on the whole, an awful start to the season. One man beginning to turn Forest’s fortunes around is Britt Assombalonga. The striker has scored three in three for Forest and is 11/5 to score his seventh goal of the season this week with bet365.

Newcastle’s dominance this season has been somewhat stopped in it’s tracks of late, with the Toon losing 1-0 to Blackburn at home last week and again to Hull on penalties in the EFL Cup midweek. Such form leaves the club under pressure to regain some confidence ahead of what is a crucial period of the season, with a busy festive period likely to make or break a team’s title aspirations. Newcastle remain top of the table despite their recent struggles, with the goals of lead striker Dwight Gayle partly to thank for that. Gayle has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances this season and is just 1/1 to score again on Friday. Elsewhere, Aleksandar Mitrovic is 13/10 to score what would be his fourth goal of the season, courtesy of bet365.

Tip

Back a 1-1 draw this week at 6/1 with bet365.

A safer bet lies with a score draw at 15/4.