Sam Allardyce's side have been desperately short of good results in recent weeks, recording only one win in their last eight, with that victory coming in the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers currently sit second bottom of the Premier League after losing to Fulham on New Years Day 2-1. Paddy Power price them at 2/1 (3.00) to beat Forest, a price which makes them underdogs in this encounter, going some way to inform punters of the form that both sides have been in.
Billy Davies' side have been on a real surge in the Championship in recent weeks, staying unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning some crucial games.
Forest sit in the play-off positions in fifth spot after recent wins over pre-season favourites QPR and a useful Leeds United side.
A late goal for Reading on New Years Day cost them all three points at the Madejski and three wins on the spin.
Paddy Power price them as favourites at 11/8 (2.38) to win the match. The same firm price the draw at 23/10 (3.30).
Greg Halford has been in fine form for Forest in recent weeks, netting three goals in his last three matches. The defender turned striker has caused problems for the opposition with his ability in the air, and may be worth investing in to score anytime at 12/5 (3.40). Especially as the Hammers have some real injury concerns at the back, with a number of their centre backs out of action.
A bet offering more value is Nottingham Forest to win the match at 11/8 (2.38) with Paddy Power. West Ham have been in woeful form, especially on the road, losing five of their last six away matches and come into this game with a number of first team players missing. It also remains to be seen as to the kind of side Sam Allardyce will field, especially with his side now inside the relegation zone.
With Forest winning their last two home games, expect them to be full of confidence and heap more misery on the Premier League visitors whose priorities may lie elsewhere.
|Nottingham Forest to win at 11/8 (2.38) 1.5pts with Paddy Power
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