Nobody could have possibly imagined the situations that both of these sides find themselves in at the moment considering the fact that Nottingham Forest were regarded as title contenders at the start of the campaign while Peterborough were seen as a side who could have easily become the division’s whipping boys. Despite these pre-season expectations, both clubs have fared differently as the home side approach this clash all but safe in 17th position while Forest are struggling immensely as they occupy 20th spot.
Even though we say Peterborough are all but safe from the drop, Darren Ferguson will still want at least a couple more points before they can start celebrating that fact. Posh have never really felt threatened by the prospect of relegation throughout the campaign, with the club constantly keeping their heads above water. However, following a recent improvement from several teams down at the bottom, Ferguson knows the importance of ending this campaign on a high. Having collected four points from their last two games the London Road outfit are certainly going the correct way about it, while three home victories out of their last four will also provide confidence ahead of this clash.
Nottingham Forest looked well on course for safety up until Saturday, where Forest allowed fellow strugglers Bristol City to sneak away with three points even though Steve Cotterill’s men had dominated throughout. That defeat leaves the City Ground outfit four points above the drop zone and just like their opponents, the main worry is that the bottom cluster of teams continue to pick up points like they have been doing. Up until that defeat against Bristol City, Forest had actually been in very good form having not lost in four games. Moreover, their away form has improved terrifically in recent months, with the club losing just one of their last six on the road while they have also collected seven points from their last three away games.
Following Nottingham Forest’s surprise defeat to Bristol City, Steve Cotterill is expected to make changes and the City Ground outfit have the luxury of having no fresh injury concerns. Cotterill is expected to draft fringe players back in, with the likes of Scott Wootton, George Elokobi and Danny Higginbotham all pushing for recalls. There’s little to report for the visitors as well, although Darren Ferguson will be able to select Tyrone Bennett who was forced to miss Posh’s last game through a thigh problem. Elsewhere, Ferguson is problem-free, but he is also expected to make changes after a disappointing draw at Coventry on Saturday.
We think this could be another game that ends in a draw, with Peterborough approaching this clash with some decent home form while Nottingham Forest have recorded some good results on the road in recent weeks. Bearing this in mind, our prediction will be a 2-2 score line.