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Nottingham Forest will be facing visiting team Brighton at The City Ground in this Premier League fixture on Saturday.
Our Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (including the best match odds).
Nottingham Forest will be wanting a better result here after a 3-2 Premier League defeat last time out to West Ham United.
In that match, Nottingham Forest managed 46% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For Nottingham Forest, the goalscorers were Taiwo Awoniyi (44') and Anthony Elanga (63'). For their opponents, West Ham United had 16 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Lucas Paquetá (3'), Jarrod Bowen (65') and Tomáš Souček (88') scored for West Ham United.
Over their preceding 6 fixtures, Steve Cooper's Nottingham Forest have scored 7 times, with that being an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.17.
Brighton & Hove Albion
In the game prior to this, Brighton drew 1-1 in the Premier League tie with Sheffield United.
In that game, Brighton & Hove Albion had 62% possession and 11 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Brighton & Hove Albion, the scorers were Simon Adingra (6') and Adam Webster (74' Own goal). On the other side, Sheffield United had 9 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
In 5 of the prior 6 games involving Brighton & Hove Albion, a notably low volume of goals have gone in between them and opposing teams. The overall average number of goals per game in that period is a meagre 2.17, with the average goals for The Seagulls being 1.33. Let’s find out if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 07/08/2015 shows us that Nottingham Forest have won 2 of them and Brighton 3, with the tally of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined sum of 14 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 7 of them for The Reds and 7 belonging to The Seagulls. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The previous league match between these clubs was Premier League match day 33 on 26/04/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Nottingham Forest 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion.
In that match, Nottingham Forest had 25% possession and 12 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The scorers were Danilo (69') and Morgan Gibbs-White (91').
At the other end, Brighton & Hove Albion had 17 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Facundo Buonanotte (38') and Pascal Groß (45' Own goal) scored.
The referee was Jarred Gillett.
Team News: Nottingham Forest
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just one fitness concern for the Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper to be concerned with from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Taiwo Awoniyi (Groin surgery) will miss out.
It seems likely that The Reds could use a 4-3-3 system in the match, beginning the first half with Odisseas Vlachodimos, Ola Aina, Moussa Niakhate, Willy Boly, Harry Toffolo, Ibrahim Sangare, Orel Mangala, Nicolas Dominguez, Morgan Gibbs-White, Chris Wood and Anthony Elanga.
Team News: Brighton
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has multiple availability issues to deal with. Julio Enciso (Meniscus tear), Danny Welbeck (Hamstring injury) and Kaoru Mitoma (unknown injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We believe The Seagulls appear most likely to elect for a 4-2-3-1 lineup, giving starts to Jason Steele, Joel Veltman, Adam Webster, Jan Paul van Hecke, Igor, Pascal Gross, Carlos Baleba, Facundo Buonanotte, Adam Lallana, Simon Adingra and Ansu Fati.
We’re of the view that Nottingham Forest will need to push hard to breach the defence of this Brighton & Hove Albion lineup who should get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
We’re therefore seeing a narrow 0-1 advantage for Brighton & Hove Albion at full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The City Ground (30,332)
Captain: Joe Worrall
Chairman: Nicholas Randall
Manager: Steve Cooper
Competitions: Premier League position 15
🔑 Star Player: Chris Wood
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Chris Wood was born in Auckland, New Zealand. After making a first senior appearance for West Bromwich Albion in the 2008 - 2009 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 3 league goals in the Premier League 2023 - 2024 season so far in 10 appearances.