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Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City tips - Lewis McGugan to score again

Lewis McGugan of Nottingham Forest moves away with the ball from Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion during the pre-season friendly match at the City Ground on August 10, 2012 (credit: Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Lewis McGugan has been the star of Nottingham Forest’s promising start to the season and the midfielder can add to his goals account against Birmingham.

Best match odds
Nottingham Forest – 6/5 (Paddy Power)
Draw – 5/2 (BetVictor)
Birmingham – 38/15 (Pinnacle)

Sean O’Driscoll has done well since his surprise appointment as manager by Forest’s new Kuwaiti owners, with the club third in the Championship table after two wins and two draws.

Both those victories have been at home by one-goal margins over Bristol City and Charlton, with tricky trips to Huddersfield and Bolton also negotiated without defeat.

Since Gareth McCleary departed for Reading this summer, it has required someone to step up to the plate as Forest’s talisman and McGugan has filled the role stylishly.

The one-club 23-year-old netted the opening goal in the last two games and yet remains a tasty 9/1 to score first against a Birmingham team who are 18 places below Forest in the table.

Lee Clark has not made the start he would have liked to his spell as Birmingham manager, but there will have been relief that he got a first league win under his belt just before the international break, 1-0 at home to rock-bottom Peterborough.

Leroy Lita has joined the Blues on loan from Swansea and his arrival should lift some of the goalscoring burden away from Marlon King who, along with Peter Lovenkrands, has been finding it difficult to make much of an impact so far.

Nevertheless, Birmingham look to be gradually improving and it is unlikely that they will be hovering above the relegation zone for much longer.

They look capable of leaving the City Ground with a positive result, but the most attractive bet is McGugan to score any time at 13/5 with Coral.

Recommendation: Lewis McGugan anytime goalscorer (13/5, Coral)

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