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

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United odds and betting statistics



Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United match preview

After a costly night in the Europa League on Thursday, are Manchester United vulnerable to an upset here?

In midweek, Erik ten Hag’s team were taking on Sevilla, and it was all going to plan early on, leading 2-0 after 20 minutes, with Marcel Sabitzer scoring both.

However, things started to fall apart when both Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez went off injured, the latter leaving them down to ten-men, given that all substitutions had been used.

Sevilla took full advantage of this, scoring twice in the final six minutes, both going down as fluky own goals, deflecting in last off David de Gea and Harry Maguire.

2-2 it finished, meaning it’s winner takes all as the two reconvene at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán next Thursday.

While Manchester United chase a cup treble, they still have work to do in the Premier League if they’re to cling onto a top four spot.

Given their visitors’ injury concerns and fatigue, can Nottingham Forest capitalise and claim a much needed victory?

Steve Cooper’s side kick off in the relegation zone having failed to win any of their last nine, most-recently beaten 2-0 at Villa Park last weekend.

The Reds’ remaining fixtures are: Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Brentford (A), Southampton (H), Chelsea (A), Arsenal (H) and Crystal Palace (A).

Given that Forest will need at least ten more points to survive, their outlook is bleak, although an unexpected three points here could change that.

Manchester United have won their last nine meetings with Forest, three of which have come this season, 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0.

Will this clash produce a different outcome at the City Ground?

Nottingham Forest team news

Steve Cooper switched to a back five at Villa Park last weekend, something he hadn’t done since September, but this did not have the desired effect.

Taiwo Awoniyi could return up front, with Morgan Gibbs-White and top-scorer Brennan Johnson in support.

Cheikhou Kouyaté, who was only just back from injury, hobbled off last weekend, so Remo Freuler could come in.

If Jesse Lingard is going to score against his former side, he’ll have to do so from the bench.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Navas; Williams, Felipe, Niakhaté, Toffolo; Freuler, Shelvey, Danilo; Gibbs-White, Johnson, Awoniyi.

Manchester United team news

As mentioned, both centre-back both Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez went off on Thursday, with the latter’s injury more of a concern.

So, Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire will come in, with Tyrell Malacia continuing to deputise for Luke Shaw.

Talisman Marcus Rashford, who’s got 28 goals to his name this season, is also sidelined, meaning fit again Anthony Martial led the line against Sevilla.

After lasting an hour in the Europa League, the Frenchmen could get the nod over Wout Weghorst again.

In some much-needed positive news, Casemiro’s four-match ban is over, meaning he will anchor midfield.

Christian Eriksen has come off the bench in both matches this week and is likely to do the same again, as he’s eased back into action.

Predicted XI: (4-3-3): de Gea; Dalot, Lindelöf, Maguire, Malacia; Casemiro, McTominay, Fernandes; Antony, Sancho, Martial.

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