Ian Holloway predicts Nottingham Forest and Derby County games

Ian Holloway

Nottingham Forest will face Blackburn Rovers in the Championship tonight, while Derby County will take on Bristol City tomorrow.

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway has predicted on Skysports.com that tonight’s game between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest will end in a draw.

Blackburn will host Forest at Ewood Park in the Championship in a few hours’ time, and Holloway believes that the match will finish 1-1.

“The way the forward players interchange is very impressive and I fancy them (Forest) to create plenty of chances here,” the former Crystal Palace boss has written on Skysports.com.

“However, Paul Lambert has lit up Ewood Park since he arrived. I think the club should be very grateful for the job that Gary Bowyer did but Lambert's freshness has really made a big impact. I'm firmly on the fence for this one.”

Forest are 15th in the Championship table at the moment with 24 points from 20 matches, while Blackburn are three points ahead of them in 11th.

The Reds will head into tonight’s game with confidence, having drawn 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home on Friday evening.

However, Blackburn should be considered as favourites, as they are at home and have won their last two league matches.

Holloway has also predicted the result of tomorrow night’s Championship match between Derby County and Bristol City at the iPro Stadium - a 1-0 win for the visitors.

“Steve Cotterill's men have showed real ability on the road this season, beating Middlesbrough earlier on in the campaign and Huddersfield at the weekend,” the former Leicester City boss has written on Skysports.com.

“They won't fear Derby despite the fact Paul Clement's men have only lost one game at home this season. Those top two are starting to pull a little clear of Derby after two draws in a row and the crowd will be expecting them to turn it on for this one. That could work in City's favour.”

Derby have one of the strongest teams in the Championship, while City are struggling for survival.

Anything other than a home win will be a surprise, and the Rams should be able to pick up all three points from this game with ease.

Paul Clement’s side are fourth in the Championship table at the moment with 38 points from 20 matches, four points behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.

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