Our prediction for this Championship match:
Blackpool and Nottingham Forest go head to head at Bloomfield Road in what is expected to be an interesting Championship game. Following three consecutive league wins, the Seasiders played out a goalless draw with Sheffield United to stay in the middle of the table. Blackpool have slim chances of securing a top-six finish, but keep in mind that they have already recorded ten wins at home this season. All Keogh, Garbutt, Maxwell, Carey, Anderson, and Ward should miss out with injuries for the home team.
The Reds, on the other hand, are just three points behind the playoffs berth, and with a couple of games in hand. Forest aim to build on back-to-back wins over Reading and Queens Park, but beating Blackpool on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. All Max Lowe, Lewis Grabban, and Loic Mbe Soh are injured for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Richard Keogh):
Richard Keogh is an English player, who has a deal with Derby County. The 188-cm-tall defender started his senior career in 2004 as he signed for Stoke City, but he was immediately sent on loan to Vikingur. After making nine appearances for the Icelandic club, he joined Bristol City in 2005.
Keogh made his Bristol City debut on 3 September, 2005 in a goalless draw with Colchester United. The Derby County defender then spent several seasons on loan at Wycombe, Huddersfield, Carlisle and Cheltenham before signing a permanent deal with Carlisle. Richard Keogh signed a three-year deal with Coventry City and he made 46 appearances for the club in the 2010/2011 Championship campaign.
Keogh played 45 games for Coventry in the 2011/2012 season and on July 2012 he joined Derby County. The defender made 178 appearances for the Rams until the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and he netted one goal for the iPro Stadium outfit. Keogh made his Republic of Ireland debut on 6 February, 2013 in a friendly game against Poland.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.