Although the 28-year-old has not found the net since November, when scoring the second goal in Forest’s 2-0 win away to the league’s high-fliers Leicester, there is no doubt that the enhanced price will have plenty of punters weighing in.
Further encouragement can be found in Forest’s recent exploits in front of goal at the City Ground with Billy Davies’ men scoring nine goals in their last two home games in the league.
Only twice this season have Mackie’s side failed to score and in their last four at home in the Championship they have notched at least two goals.
This is all good news for those wanting to invest at the boosted price of 8/1 with Mackie winning many admirers in his time at QPR before making his three-year £1m move to the East Midlands in last year’s summer window.
Forest currently occupy fifth place in the league, four points head of Ipswich in seventh and 11 points from the automatic promotion places.
However, Davies’ men have at least a game in hand on most of the table and if they were able to gain three points from one of those matches against the Hornets the long-suffering Forest fans could be forgiven for seriously thinking about the Premier League next season.
Getting Mackie to start scoring again will be crucial if that dream is to be turned into reality amid concerns that the club has become too reliant on fellow forward Andy Reid.
Whatever the rest of the campaign holds for Forest the 8/1 now available on Mackie requires serious consideration.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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