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

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Match preview

Can Nottingham Forest pull further clear of the relegation zone, thereby plunging Everton into an even more perilous position?

At home, the Reds are unbeaten in eight matches, dating back to mid-September, most-recently holding Man City to a 1-1 draw.

This is just as well because, on the road, Steve Cooper’s team remain wretched, smashed 4-0 by West Ham a week ago.

Having scored just three goals in 12 away games so far, Forest are on course to break the Premier League’s record of seven.

That though can be parked to side for another week, because this game is at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest start the weekend 13th, four points above their visitors, looking to take a gigantic step towards survival with a win here.

On Wednesday night, Sean Dyche’s team were swatted aside 4-0 by Arsenal, and the Toffees lack of an attacking threat was clear for all to see.

Having also lost to Aston Villa last weekend, the Blues are back in the relegation zone, and could be kicking off rock bottom.

In August, Everton needed an 88th minute equaliser from Demarai Gray to salvage a draw when these two met at Goodison.

This time, Nottingham Forest are looking to do what they’ve been doing of late: make home advantage count.

Nottingham Forest team news

With Serge Aurier, Scott McKenna and Willy Boly all injured, Neco Williams, Felipe and Joe Worrall will all continue in defence; it’s lucky they made so many singings isn’t it?

If fit, Remo Freuler will return in midfield, displacing Jack Colback.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench against his former club West Ham last weekend, his first appearance in the league of 2023.

However, he’ll remain on the bench, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson in support of Chris Wood.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Navas; Williams, Felipe, Worrall, Lodi; Danilo, Shelvey, Freuler; Gibbs-White, Johnson, Wood.

Everton team news

During Wednesday’s 4-0 drubbing at Arsenal, Sean Dyche brought on Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies and Demarai Gray.

Gray aside, he literally doesn’t have any game-changers in reserve.

Neal Maupay has still only scored one goal for the club, but is set to continue to lead the line, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin reportedly out for weeks.

Their only alternative centre-forward is Ellis Simms, who did get the nod in the Merseyside derby, but really struggled in an admittedly tough environment.

Idrissa Gana Gueye was hooked at half time on Wednesday, mere moments after gifting the Gunners a second.

In defence, Michael Keane came in for Conor Coady; if there’s one area Dyche does have options, it’s centre-back.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Coleman, Tarkowski, Coady, Mykolenko; Doucouré, Gana Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, McNeil; Maupay.

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