Preston North End - Nottingham Forest Betting Preview: Expect another stalemate at Deepdale

Billy Davies takes his in-form Forest side to face the Lilywhites in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday night and our tipster is backing the sides to cancel each other out once again
Preston North End host Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fourth round replay after a 0-0 draw at the City Ground at the end of January. The winner of this tie will face a trip to Sheffield United in the fifth round.

Both sides are in the hunt for promotion in their respective leagues, with Preston sitting fourth in League One and Forest fifth in the Championship.

The hosts come into this match with only one defeat against their name in their last 10 matches. Simon Grayson has created a solid unit, with his side having one of the meanest defences in the third tier.

Last time out they battled past Notts County at Deepdale to put them in a strong position in the League One play-off race. William Hill price them at 21/10 (3.10) to win this match.

Forest have been in free-scoring form in recent weeks, netting 11 goals in their last three Championship matches.

Despite this, they failed to score against Preston in their first encounter. Billy Davies will be delighted with his side's last two matches, though, coming from two goals down to beat Watford before winning 3-1 against their bogey side Yeovil Town. William Hill price them at 7/5 (2.40) for this fixture. The same firm price the draw at 21/10 (3.10).

Forest have looked very solid on the road, with the under 2.5 goals bet paying out in five of their last six games on the road. The price of 10/11 (1.91) is tempting with William Hill but, with Preston involved in some high-scoring matches of late at Deepdale, it is worth avoiding.

Looking back to the outright result, it is hard to choose between the two teams, despite the league difference. The draw at 21/10 (3.10) looks a play with William Hill. With Forest drawing four of their last five games away from home, as well as Preston drawing three of their last four matches, it is worth backing this bet.

With Davies likely to name a second-string side as he concentrates on the Championship, expect them to struggle to break down Preston over 90 minutes.

The match to finish in a draw for a 1.5pt stake at 21/10 (3.10) with William Hill

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