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Forest face Lyon in a friendly to stir memories of Clough era

| 28.07.2010

Of all the British sides in friendly match action this evening, Nottingham Forest seem to have landed the plum tie as they welcome Lyon to the City Ground.

Champions League semi-finalists Lyon are the clear favourites to win at 10/11, and their visit to Nottingham will rekindle memories of Forest’s European Cup ties under Brian Clough.

Forest are 12/5 to claim a shock win against their illustrious opponents, and the 8/1 Championship title contenders will be itching to impress.

In a south coast battle of the financially troubled, meanwhile, League One newcomers Bournemouth are priced at 9/5 to claim a surprising victory against neighbours Portsmouth.

Portsmouth are 11/10 to win with their threadbare squad, which currently only includes 14 senior players.

Premier League side West Ham travel to Milton Keynes to take on MK Dons, and the Hammers are expected to stroll this one at 4/6.

MK Dons, however, are an ambitious club and, at 7/1 to gain promotion from League One, they will want to impress their fans at Stadium: MK. A home win is priced at 16/5.

Another side chasing League One promotion, Huddersfield, entertain Hull at the Galpharm Stadium, and Lee Clark’s Yorkshire side are 6/4 to win.

In what should be a tight contest, Hull are priced at 7/5 to claim victory under new manager Nigel Pearson.

Elsewhere in Europe, Ajax take on PAOK. Who are you backing? See the full Ajax vs PAOK Match Betting Odds market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.