Nottingham Forest

Preview | February 24

Aston Villa-Nottingham Forest

Forest face a tough test at Villa Park.

Villa | WLWLD | 4th | Top Scorer: O. Watkins (13)

Villa's recent form has seen them drop down to 4th in the table. Their issue has not been creating chances. Their average xG (expected goals) of 1.72 is 6th highest in the league. Ollie Watkins is a key creative influence and has 10 assists this season (1st in the EPL). From a defensive point of view, Boubacar Kamara has been the leader, accumulating 30 tackles and 20 interceptions over the year.

Forest | WLDLL | 16th | Top Scorer: C. Wood (8)

Forest finally secured a win in their last match, but still have the struggles that preceded fresh in their mind. They had lost 3 of their 4 previous matches prior to this most recent breakthrough. Forest have one of the best defences in the league. However, their strong defensive record will be under threat here as they face a Villa side who have averaged 2.0 goals per match this season. Morgan Gibbs-White has been a top playmaker this season with 52 passes into the box over the year (15th in the EPL).

Villa-Forest Prediction: 2-1

This game is in the balance, yet Villa's dangerous frontmen appear as if they will make the difference.

Did you know? A 1-1 draw is the most common scoreline between these two teams in the history of the Premier League, occurring a total of three times.

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Report | February 17

Nottingham Forest

2 - 0

West Ham United

Taiwo Awoniyi 45
Callum Hudson-Odoi 90

19Total Shots10
8Shots on Target3

Easy as you like for Forest in win over West Ham.

Taiwo Awoniyi netted the first goal of the match for Forest in the 45th minute. Callum Hudson-Odoi put in another for Forest in the 94th minute, and there was nothing between the teams for the remainder, resulting in a 2-0 win.

The Overview

  • In a tight battle for the ball, the Tricky Trees made good use of their possession (49%), generating 19 shots.
  • The scoreline could have been more impressive if the Tricky Trees had their shooting boots on, with their shot accuracy down at 42%.

The Details

Nuno Tavares posed a threat out wide all game, registering 5 crosses. Neither team showed a superior passing game. The Tricky Trees had 403 completed passes while the Hammers completed 418 passes.

Forest get back to winning ways. Meanwhile, things go from bad to worse for West Ham as they lose again.

Top Performers

Callum Hudson-OdoiTaiwo Awoniyi
Scored 1 goalScored 1 goal
Drew 3 fouls (1st in the game)Drew 3 fouls (1st in the game)

Next up, Forest face the challenge of Villa on Saturday, February 24th. While West Ham meet Brentford at London Stadium on Monday, February 26th. Can the Tricky Trees win again? Will the Hammers halt their terrible form?

Report | February 10

Nottingham Forest

2 - 3

Newcastle United

Anthony Elanga 26 Bruno Guimarães 10, 66
Callum Hudson-Odoi 45 Fabian Schär 43

13Total Shots7
3Shots on Target5

Newcastle win on the road.

Bruno Guimarães got the opener for Newcastle in the 10th minute. After the first, Newcastle proceeded to add on 2 more goals. Forest nearly kept up in this high-scoring affair, scoring 2 of their own, but it wasn't enough as Newcastle narrowly took the win in this exciting match.

The Overview

  • The Magpies had plenty of possession (62%) and racked up seven shots.
  • Despite the loss, the Tricky Trees had plenty of chances of their own, getting away 13 shots in the match.
  • The Magpies' shooting precision paid off as they achieved an impressive 71% accuracy.

The Details

Kieran Trippier continually probed down the flank, getting 7 crosses into the box. Forest's Moussa Niakhaté seemed off the pace defensively, committing 4 fouls in a frustrating game. The Magpies moved the ball about nicely to take the win, completing 249 more passes than their opponents.

Newcastle get back to winning form. Meanwhile, Forest's mixed form continues.

Top Performers

Bruno GuimarãesCallum Hudson-Odoi
Scored 2 goalsDrew 3 fouls (1st in the game)
Drew 3 fouls (1st in the game)Scored 1 goal

Both squads play next on Saturday, February 17th. Forest take on West Ham at The City Ground, while Newcastle take on Bournemouth at St James' Park. Will the Tricky Trees improve their form? Can the Magpies win again?

Report | February 4

AFC Bournemouth

1 - 1

Nottingham Forest

Justin Kluivert 5 Callum Hudson-Odoi 45

9Total Shots8
2Shots on Target6

Stalemate sees Bournemouth and Forest share the points.

Bournemouth flew out of the blocks in this one with a fifth minute Justin Kluivert goal following an assist by Luis Sinisterra. Callum Hudson-Odoi tied things up just before the break, and that's how it finished.

The Overview

  • The Cherries saw a bit less of the ball with 44% possession, but that didn't cost them.
  • The teams created a similar amount of chances, with the Cherries registering 9 to the Tricky Trees' 8.

The Details

Morgan Gibbs-White continually probed down the flank, getting 8 crosses into the box. For Bournemouth, Lewis Cook's excellent reading of the game was on show again, he intercepted the ball 3 times. Neither team showed a superior passing game. The Cherries had 335 completed passes while the Tricky Trees completed 427 passes.

Back-to-back draws for Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Forest end their streak of defeats.

Top Performers

Luis SinisterraCallum Hudson-Odoi
Assisted 1 goalScored 1 goal
2 blocked shots (1st in the game)Drew 3 fouls (2nd on their team)

Both squads play next on Saturday, February 10th. Bournemouth meet Fulham at Craven Cottage, while Forest meet Newcastle at The City Ground. Can the Cherries make it three consecutive draws? Will the Tricky Trees continue to make strides?

Report | January 30

Nottingham Forest

1 - 2


Taiwo Awoniyi 89 Gabriel Jesus 65
Bukayo Saka 72

9Total Shots19
3Shots on Target3

Arsenal take three points away from The City Ground.

After being locked in a goalless stalemate for the first 45 minutes, Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 65th minute. Arsenal's Bukayo Saka added another in the 72nd minute following an assist by Gabriel Jesus. Taiwo Awoniyi narrowed the deficit with an 89th minute strike, but Arsenal held on as the game concluded 2-1.

The Overview

  • The Gunners saw a lot of the ball with 74% possession and created plenty of chances too, racking up 19 shots.
  • The Tricky Trees didn't generate enough chances, only mustering nine shots throughout the contest.
  • The Gunners got the job done, but it should've been more comfortable considering their shot accuracy was only 16%.

The Details

William Saliba was one step ahead all game, recording 3 interceptions. Declan Rice had an impressive pass completion rate of 91%. In a further display of dominance from the Gunners, they completed a massive 499 more passes than the Tricky Trees.

Arsenal take six points from their last possible six. Meanwhile, it's another game, another loss for Forest.

Top Performers

Bukayo SakaTaiwo Awoniyi
4 blocked shots (6th in the Premier League)Scored 1 goal
4 corners wonDrew 2 fouls (1st in the game)

Both squads play next on Sunday, February 4th. Forest meet Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium, while Arsenal have a top of the table clash with Liverpool. Will the Tricky Trees get out of this rough patch? Can the Gunners make it three wins in a row?

Report | January 20


3 - 2

Nottingham Forest

Ivan Toney 19 Danilo 3
Benjamin Mee 58 Chris Wood 65
Neal Maupay 68

11Total Shots12
5Shots on Target3

Brentford edge Forest in five-goal thriller.

This match was quite the high-scoring affair. Danilo opened the score for Forest in the third minute. After the first goal, Brentford responded in a big way, with a 3 goal barrage. Forest added another one goal but it was not enough as Brentford took the three points.

The Overview

  • It was an even battle for possession (48% vs 52%), with the Bees getting off 11 shots.
  • The scoreline could have been more impressive if the Bees had their shooting boots on, with their shot accuracy down at 45%.

The Details

Mikkel Damsgaard and Vitaly Janelt each racked up 3 interceptions throughout the game, constantly frustrating the Tricky Trees. Neither team showed a superior passing game. The Bees had 455 completed passes while the Tricky Trees completed 495 passes.

Brentford's poor run comes to an end. Meanwhile, Forest's winning run comes to an end.

Top Performers

Ivan ToneyDanilo
Scored 1 goalScored 1 goal
Drew 4 fouls (1st in the game)1 blocked shot (1st in the game)

Next up, Brentford will be looking to cause an upset against Tottenham on Wednesday, January 31st. While Forest have a tough game ahead against Arsenal on Tuesday, January 30th. Can this be the start of a winning streak for the Bees? Will the Tricky Trees put this disappointment behind them?

Nottingham Forest – Season Preview

Nickname: The Tricky Trees
Stadium: City Ground (Capacity 30,445)
Manager: Steve Cooper (WAL)
Last Season: 16th

It was a rollercoaster ride in the East Midlands last season and Forest fans will hope for a smoother sail to safety this time around. The owner's backing of manager Steve Cooper, when Forest were languishing, proved a masterstroke as he turned their fortunes around to secure survival. Can Cooper further repay the faith and improve on last season? We preview their upcoming campaign here.

Key Player: Morgan Gibbs-White

The goals and assists of Gibbs-White last season helped keep Forest in the league. He'll be raring to go too after a productive summer where he played a lead role in England U21's European Championship victory. Expect the 23-year-old midfielder to have another big season.

Star Signing: Anthony Elanga €17.5m

Signed from Manchester United, Elanga is still only 21 and has a lot of potential to fulfil. He looked impressive in patches for the Old Trafford club, even notching a Champions League goal, but couldn't hold down a regular spot. It will be fascinating to see how the Swedish international develops with more game time this season.

First Match: Arsenal (A) August 12

A tricky tie first up for the Tricky Trees. Last October's visit to the Emirates resulted in a 5-0 embarrassment, and with Arsenal strengthening their squad it looks like a daunting task. Forest did get the better of the Gunners (1-0 at the City Ground) last time they met though, so will take confidence from that.

Predicted Finish: 16th

Steve Cooper's biggest task last season was to make the many new signings gel. That should be less of a problem this time round with the signings that are still at Forest having had another year to settle. So if they can start contributing some points on the road (they only had one away win last season) then their home form should see them to safety again.

Can Forest's talisman be their creative spark?

Morgan Gibbs-White - To assist 10+ EPL goals: 2.50

(odds correct as of July 31, 2023, and subject to change)

Did you know? Nottingham Forest's badge shows a tree representing Sherwood Forest, home to the legend of Robin Hood, and the river Trent running underneath it. The two stars represent Forest's two European Cups (1979 and 1980).

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