Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that Nottingham Forest will be defeated on the road against Preston North End on Saturday.
In his regular EFL predictions column, Prutton’s verdict on Forest’s prospects against the Lilywhites was ominous.
Whilst he concedes that the Reds have improved since the appointment of Martin O’Neill, he believes that Preston will prove too much for them to handle: “I think Preston will be too good for them at home.”
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O’Neill’s side have been inconsistent recently, but they’ve shown flashes of real quality. The former Republic of Ireland manager will be hoping his side can pull a solid performance together this weekend to confound Prutton’s prediction.
Forest have the quality to overcome Preston, if they get their gameplan right. Alex Neil’s side have been fairly solid when playing at home this season, but if the Reds are aggressive and confident then they possess the necessary firepower to break down the Lilywhites’ defences.
O’Neill must send out his team to play on the front foot. The likes of Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley have the capacity to hurt Preston so long as Forest are set up in an attacking manner that will see chances created for these forwards.