Harrogate Town vs Nottingham Forest Under-21s Prediction

Harrogate Town vs Nottingham Forest Under-21s predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy tie at CNG Stadium. The hosts come into the match following a 1-0 defeat to Barrow in the league on Saturday, whereas Forest Under-21s faced a 1-0 setback against Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s on Friday. Who wil bounce back? Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Harrogate Town vs Nottingham Forest Under-21s Predictions


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EFL Trophy 2023-24: Harrogate’s Bid for Redemption Against Nottingham Forest U21s

Key Stats
– Harrogate Town’s recent form showcases a worrying trend: L L L W L L.
– Forest Under-21s have had a balanced start with two draws, a win, and a loss in their first four outings.
– George Thomson is Harrogate’s shining star with an average rating of 7.27 and leads the goal-scoring charts for the team.

As the EFL Trophy’s 2023-24 campaign sets in motion, League Two’s Harrogate Town are gearing up for a home clash against Nottingham Forest Under-21s this Tuesday. The fixture is pivotal for both teams, who enter the fray on the back of recent defeats. Harrogate’s campaign seemed promising with early victories against Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United in League Two and the EFL Cup. However, a series of losses, including a staggering 8-0 blow by Blackburn Rovers, paints a contrasting picture.


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Concurrently, Nottingham Forest Under-21s, under the guidance of Warren Joyce, have had a mixed bag of results in Premier League 2, settling at 12th spot after four fixtures.

Harrogate’s Recent Form and Position

Simon Weaver’s Harrogate have been battling inconsistency, to put it mildly. Positioned at 19th in League Two, their six points were accumulated early on, as evident from their recent form:


This kind of form, particularly the recent loss to Barrow, indicates a need for revitalisation. However, Harrogate fans would hope for a re-run of the 2021-22 season, where the team reached the EFL Trophy quarter-finals. The Northern Group C fixtures, featuring Carlisle, Accrington Stanley, and Forest Under-21s, provide the team an opportunity to regain their form.

The Under-21s’ Journey

For Forest Under-21s, the journey this season started with two consecutive 2-2 draws against Middlesbrough and Norwich, followed by a commendable win over Arsenal Under-21s. The recent 1-0 loss to Brighton, courtesy of Mark O’Mahony’s lone goal, suggests the team is still searching for its rhythm. Their form reads:


With several new signings in the summer transfer window, players from the Under-21s side face an uphill task to make it to Steve Cooper’s senior team.

Lineup Speculations

Harrogate’s lineup is likely to see several changes following the Barrow game. Lewis Thomas, Abraham Odoh, Matty Daly, Liam Gibson, and George Horbury are among the probable inclusions. Meanwhile, Forest Under-21s, with no fresh injuries post their Brighton defeat, may see Joyce opting for a consistent lineup, featuring the likes of Detlef Osong, Ateef Konate, Justin Hanks, Ben Hammond, and Jack Perkins.


  1. Outcome Prediction: Considering the recent form, Forest Under-21s seem better placed, and a draw seems the most likely outcome, making the win-draw-away market relevant. Harrogate’s fluctuating form makes predicting a clear winner challenging.
  2. Scoreline Forecast: Taking into account both sides’ defensive and offensive records, a 1-1 scoreline seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Given Harrogate’s top player rankings and recent form, George Thomson emerges as a probable scorer for Harrogate, having been their best player with an average BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.27 and also being their top scorer.


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