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NOTTINGHAM FOREST V BRADFORD

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 2-1 Championship defeat last time out to Coventry City.

In that game, Nottingham Forest had 36% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Nottingham Forest was Lyle Taylor (36'). For their opponents, Coventry City had 12 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Viktor Gyökeres (81') and Kyle McFadzean (96') scored for Coventry City.

It’s been all too rare in recent games where Nottingham Forest have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Nottingham Forest have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 8 goals during that time. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this next game, of course.

In the game prior to this, Bradford City drew 0-0 in the League Two tie with Exeter City.

In 5 of the prior 6 games featuring Bradford City, a comparatively low number of goals have been hit between them and their opponents. The overall average goals scored per game within that spell comes out as a meagre 1.17, with the average goals for The Bantams being 0.17.

Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals

BLACKPOOL V MIDDLESBROUGH

Blackpool prepare for this game following a 1-1 Championship tied result versus Bristol City.

In that game, Blackpool managed 50% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Blackpool was Shayne Lavery (93'). Bristol City got 11 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Chris Martin (44') was the scorer for Bristol City.

Blackpool have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, finding the back of the net in each and every one of their last 6 matches.

They have totted up the amount of 12 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 5.

In their previous game, Middlesbrough drew 1-1 in the Championship match with Fulham.

In that game, Middlesbrough had 33% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Middlesbrough was Marc Bola (77'). On the other side, Fulham got 16 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Harry Wilson (29') scored for Fulham.

Middlesbrough have been good when going forward leading up to this encounter, having scored 8 times in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that Middlesbrough can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same clashes. We will see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.

Prediction: Both teams to score

CHELSEA V VILLARREAL

Chelsea are hoping to win again following a 0-1 Champions League triumph against Manchester City.

In that match, Chelsea managed 40% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Chelsea was Kai Havertz (42'). On the other side, Manchester City got 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target.

It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Chelsea have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Chelsea have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 6 goals on the way. Historical results aside, time will tell if that trend will be replicated here in this game.

In their last fixture, Villarreal drew 1-1 in the Europa League match with Manchester United.

In that match, Villarreal had 39% possession and 12 shots on goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Villarreal was Gerard Moreno (29'). Manchester United had 14 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Edinson Cavani (55') was the scorer for Manchester United. The match went to penalties and was won 11-10 by Villarreal.

Unai Emery's Villarreal have converted a total of 10 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during that same period equals 7.

Prediction: Both teams to score

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