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

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal odds and betting statistics

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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal match preview

Will this be the day Nottingham Forest secure their Premier League survival?

Last weekend, the Reds earned a, potentially, precious point on the road, holding Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge; Taiwo Awoniyi the scorer of both.

Before that, Steve Cooper’s team had enjoyed back-to-back home wins, beating Brighton 3-1 and then Southampton 4-3 in a truly wild game.

So, having now won seven home Premier League games, losing just five, Forest start the weekend 16th, two points clear of Everton, three above Leeds and four better off than Leicester.

Thus, unless Everton and Leeds win both their games, which is extremely unlikely, a victory here would secure Forest’s safety, ahead of their final game of the season which is Crystal Palace (A).

While this could be a night of celebration for the home side, Arsenal now have little to play for, having seen their fading title hopes all but come to an end last time out.

Mikel Arteta’s team had won back-to-back games beforehand but, having only accumulated nine points from the last 21 available, simply haven’t been able to keep pace with Man City.

Last weekend, they looked exhausted and bereft of ideas, which very much needs to change if the Gunners are going to claim a victory here.

Arsenal have lost their last two visits to the City Ground, both coming in the FA Cup, last suffering three successive defeats there in 1986.

So, it seems perfectly set up to be Nottingham Forest’s night doesn’t it?

Nottingham Forest team news

Having become the first Forest player to twice in successive top-flight games since Bryan Roy in 1995, Taiwo Awoniyi will continue to lead the line.

Meanwhile Brennan Johnson, who was only on the bench last week, will return alongside Morgan Gibbs-White in-behind.

Dean Henderson, Neco Williams, Giulian Biancone, Scott McKenna, Willy Boly and Chris Wood are injured, while Jonjo Shelvey and Gustavo Scarpa are unavailable too; it’s lucky they signed so many players!

Of the XI that started the reverse fixture, a 5-0 Arsenal win, only five started last week at Stamford Bridge.

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

Arsenal team news

William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu are out long-term while Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Martinelli will also both miss the remainder of the season.

So, Jakub Kiwior and Kieran Tierney are set to keep their places in defence, with Jorginho likely to remain at the base of midfield, chosen over Thomas Partey.

Leandro Trossard will come in for Martinelli on the left-wing, while Eddie Nketiah is hoping for his first goal since 22 January, assuming he gets off the bench.

Arsenal’s last win away to Nottingham Forest was in the League Cup in 2016; of the 18-man squad that night, only Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, who scored a worldie, are still at the club.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ramsdale; White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Tierney; Jorginho, Xhaka, Ødegaard; Saka, Trossard; Jesus.

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

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