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Nottingham Forest set to assert home advantage against struggling Barnsley

Nathan Stirk

Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Tuesday’s EFL matches.

When to bet

Kick-off 7:45 p.m. Tuesday

Best bets

Nottingham Forest
3pts 8-11 Betfred, Coral

Bristol Routes
2pts 7-5 Betfred, Hills

Fleetwood draw no bet
2pts 5-4 Betfair, Hills, Power

Tuesday betting preview

Nottingham Forest have played with winning consistency since Steve Cooper’s appointment in September and their charge to the top six in the Championship looks set to continue with a home win over Barnsley.

Cooper took over when Forest were second from bottom – three points from safety and four worse off than Barnsley, who had lost just two of their first eight games.

Since then, Forest have amassed 36 points in 19 games and they look like strong candidates to secure a playoff spot.

Barnsley were in the playoffs last season but standards have dropped alarmingly since the loss of manager Valerien Ismael to West Brom and the departures of key players Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike.

Key striker Cauley Woodrow remains injured and morale must be low after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, leaving them eight points from safety.

Tykes manager Poya Asbaghi ​​needs to pull off a small miracle to get them out of trouble and his side could be further adrift with a defeat at the City Ground.

Bristol Rovers are off to a strong start to 2022 and can make it four League Two games unbeaten by beating second-placed Scunthorpe at the Sands Venue Stadium.

Pirates manager Joey Barton is eyeing a push to the top seven and his side’s confidence is on the rise after Saturday’s encouraging 1-1 draw at promotion-seeking Swindon.

The Rovers will need about 40 points from their remaining 23 games to reach the playoffs, but they should get three against the Iron, which is on a four-game losing streak and looks destined for the National League.

League One strugglers Fleetwood are playing some decent stuff under Stephen Crainey and can allay their relegation fears with a home win against playoff-chasing Plymouth.

Crainey’s side triumphed 1-0 at title contenders Rotherham in their last home game and can topple out-of-form Argyle, who lost two on the rebound.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:30 PM, JANUARY 24, 2022