Lays of the Weekend: Nottingham Forest still unreliable

Stuart Pearce's Nottingham Forest reign has stalled after a bright start

Michael Lintorn is opposing Nottingham Forest, Torino and Villarreal across the continent this weekend...

"Nottingham Forest remain somewhat of a mystery, sliding down from first to ninth as a consequence of a rubbish run of two wins in 12."
Lay Nottingham Forest to beat Charlton 1.748/11

Lay Nottingham Forest to beat Charlton 1.748/11

Charlton slipped to tenth recently having been play-off protagonists, but they have still suffered just three defeats in 19 Championship fixtures this season, the joint-fewest of any team. Their only road reverses occurred against Bournemouth and Fulham sides who were in their best form of 2014/15.

Nottingham Forest remain somewhat of a mystery, sliding down from first to ninth as a consequence of a rubbish run of two wins in 12. It looked like they were finally over the worst when conquering fading Norwich and Wolves consecutively, yet followed up with a 1-2 setback at lowly Birmingham.

Lay Torino to beat Palermo @ 1.981/1

Torino were agonisingly close to earning a brilliant point away to neighbours Juventus, who have won 25 successive Serie A home games, only to have their hopes crushed by Andrea Pirlo.

That performance and their impressive Europa League progress might suggest that it has been an enjoyable campaign, but that hasn't been the case domestically. They have achieved a mere two wins from seven attempts as hosts - one of those against abject Parma - scoring just three times.

Palermo are unbeaten in five and have lost a creditable four in 13 since their promotion. In their last two road trips, the Rosanero have triumphed away to AC Milan and held Genoa - both top-six clubs - and they have defeated all three of the bottom-six sides that they have faced. Torino are 15th.

Lay Villarreal to beat Real Sociedad @ 1.758/11

We correctly forecasted a midweek blip for new Real Sociedad boss David Moyes at Real Oviedo in the Copa del Rey, but expect a better result from the seemingly trickier trip to Villarreal. The Basque club haven't lost any of their three matches under Moyes, or even conceded a goal for that matter.

Though they haven't won yet on their domestic travels, La Real have drawn four of their seven such fixtures. Villarreal meanwhile have lost three of their six La Liga encounters as hosts in 2014/15. Their El Madrigal victories arrived against Rayo Vallecano, Almeria and Getafe, who all finished below their latest visitors last term.

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