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Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest odds and betting statistics



Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest match preview

Nottingham Forest are safe from relegation, a fact few would’ve predicted only a few weeks ago.

Last weekend, the Reds’ secured survival by beating Arsenal 1-0 at the City Ground.

Taiwo Awoniyi the only scorer, played in by Morgan Gibbs-White, as Forest prevailed, despite only having 18% possession.

That made it three successive home wins for Steve Cooper’s team and was therefore enough to ensure the Reds will remain a top-flight club.

Away from home, Forest have won just once all season, this a 1-0 victory over Nathan Jones’ Southampton in January, and everyone beat Nathan Jones’ Southampton!

The Reds are though unbeaten in five visits to Selhurst Park, winning three of them, so will the traveling Forest fans have a rare road victory to celebrate?

The Eagles played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend, with Odsonne Édouard and Joel Ward the scorers.

Ward’s late equaliser was his first goal since February 2019.

So, since Roy Hodgson’s return, Palace have taken 17 points from 27 available, losing only twice, both of which have come away from home.

Will this be the 75 year old’s second farewell to Selhurst Park, or will he stay on for another season?

Given Palace’s impressive recent form at home, and Forest’s miserable record away, a home win seems likely.

Crystal Palace team news

Wilfried Zaha is out injured and, given that he’s out of contract, has he played his 458th and last game for the club?

Without their talisman, Odsonne Édouard, who ended his goal draught last weekend, will lead the line, with Jordan Ayew and Michael Olise in support.

Like Zaha, the contracts of Joel Ward, Luka Milivojević, Ayew, James Tomkins and James McArthur are all expiring, so how many of them will stay?

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Doucouré, Eze, Hughes; Olise, Édouard, Ayew.

Nottingham Forest team news

Given that they made 31 signings this season, five of which are loanees, how many of this Forest team will still be at the club come the opening day of next season?

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas surely won’t be and, after the Costa Rican hobbled off last weekend, Wayne Hennessey could come in against his former club.

Fit again Willy Boly came off the bench against Arsenal, so could return to the starting XI.

Brennan Johnson too has been, surprisingly, left on the bench for Forest’s last two games, but is likely to start this time, with the pressure now off.

Dean Henderson, Neco Williams, Scott McKenna, Giulian Biancone, Jonjo Shelvey, Gustavo Scarpa and Chris Wood all remain unavailable.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Hennessey; Aurier, Worrall, Niakhaté, Lodi; Mangala, Danilo, Yates; Gibbs-White, Johnson, Awoniyi.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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