Nottingham Forest might struggle to justify the favourites tag against Wigan on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest v Wigan - Saturday 15:00
Nottingham Forest were much-improved at Brentford in midweek, staying in the game for much longer than they had in their 3-0 televised slump at Brighton. The Reds had spent the intervening four days together using Barnet’s training facilities but were once again unable to trouble the scoresheet as Scott Hogan’s first-half goal for the Bees proved enough.
The lockdown in north London was evidently important to Philippe Montanier, suggesting he isn’t satisfied by the fruits of his pre-season preparations and the job of knocking Forest into shape is much bigger than he originally anticipated. By my estimation, the Midlanders are bottom-six material and the 6/4 available on the home win is anything but a shoo-in here.
Wigan are steady but unspectacular. Their late equaliser against Birmingham in midweek was a fine demonstration of their resolve. Gary Rowett's men seldom look back once they establish a lead on the road against your average Championship opposition but the Latics persevered and got their reward when Craig Davies popped up in stoppage time.
Wigan play a system that asks searching questions of teams shouldering the onus and, whenever opponents do come up with an answer, Gary Caldwell can turn to his bench and find decent options for a rescue mission. On that basis, the 12/5 available on the draw looks like a sensible play here.