The race for the play-offs in the English Championship is intensifying and two teams eager to assert themselves in the top-six will collide at the City Ground when 4th place Nottingham Forest host Bristol City who are 12th and looking to bridge a five-point gap to the play-off spots.
Sabri Lamouchi's Forest side leapfrogged Fulham into 4th with a 3-1 win over Huddersfield at the weekend taking their tally to four points from their first two games back. Forest are on 64 points for the season which leaves them seven points inside the play-off places with seven fixtures remaining. Victory over Huddersfield ended a three-game winless run at home for Nottingham Forest and was their ninth win in 19 home matches at the City Ground this campaign. The hosts have only suffered one defeat in seven games and after the results at the weekend they look to have cemented their status in the play-off spots and another win here could go a long way in ensuring they earn a favorable draw in the semi- final.
Meanwhile, the Robins' woes continued at the weekend with a 2-1 defeat at home to mid-table Sheffield Wednesday which leaves them five points off 6th place and their hopes of promotion all but dashed. The visitors have lost five of their last seven matches including both of their games since the resumption of the season. Away from home they have the third best record in the league but just eight wins from 20 games doesn't exactly reflect a record to be feared. Heading into this match they are without a win in four on the road and I'm leaning towards another defeat for Lee Johnson's men in this game.
Forest fans are dreaming of a return to top-flight football and with the team settling quickly from the restart I would be confident in Lamouchi's team making the top-six. I expect the home side to boost their play-off bid with another win in this match over Bristol City who have struggled since the season resumed.