Nottingham Forest positive of survival

Nottingham Forest positive of survival

Nottingham Forest is still optimistic of their chances of escaping the relegation zone when they meet with fellow basement battlers, Southampton. This is a make-or-break for both the Forest and Southampton, for their chances of survival in the league. It is unfortunate that both teams are coming from their respective losses in this match. The Forest suffered a 2-1 defeat against Brentford. Southampton on the other hand is from a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. During their previous matches, both the Forest and Southampton actually led by one goal but they were not able to protect that lead. This meeting will be on May 9, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Forest hosting this match.

These two teams already have 117 meetings prior to this match, and from those meeting, the hosts has the better record. The hosts have won 51 of those matches, as compared to the visitors’ 39 wins. The hosts are at the 18th of the league table with 30 points, but a win is huge for them. Although they are at the 18th, they are with the same points with the team at the 17th and 16th. With that, the hosts could climb to the 16th of the league table with a win here. The visitors on the other hand is at the basement of the league table with 24 points. Although it is unlikely for them to escape the drop zone, they are still aiming for wins so they could at least finish their campaign with a win.

Nottingham Forest

Premier League: Nottingham Forest
Photo courtesy of PA Wire

The Forest is a team who was able to put up a strong start during the start of their league campaign this season. However, that strong start was put to waste after they faced slump after slump in their matches. In fact, they are from a 2-1 loss against Brentford on their last match. With that, they are aiming to bounce back from that loss, so they can escape the relegation zone. Now, the Forest are without a clean sheet in their 13 consecutive matches, a record they want to put an end. The Forest is a team who are now desperate for wins, as they failed to be as impressive recently. Additionally, if they can escape the relegation zone, they will be able to retain their spot in the Premier League for the next season.

The Forest is facing fresh injury concerns as Danilo, and Brennan Johnson both suffered their own injuries during their loss to Brentford. They will join Biancone, Henderson, Wood, McKenna, Boly, Williams, Richards, and Scarpa, are all sidelined. Jack Colback, and Jonjo Shelvey on the other hand could possibly return here.

Southampton

Premier League: Southampton
Photo courtesy of Reuters

Southampton on the other hand is at the most bottom of the league table, but it is no longer surprising. Southampton have been struggling all season, in fact, they are in a dismal form this season, which results them to be at the bottom of the standings. Just like their opponent, Southampton also suffered a defeat on their last match. They are from a 3-1 against Newcastle United on their last match. If only they have won on their last match, they would have a chance to escape the relegation zone. Now that they failed to win in that match, they are now aiming to bounce back in this game. Although they are unlikely to escape the basement, Southampton are still aiming to prove a point through this match.

Following his surgery in his ankle, Romain Perraud is already expected to miss the rest of the season. He will join Juan Larios, Mohammed Salisu, and Valentino Livramento on the sidelines.

Prediction:

Nottingham Forest (1.0)
Odds: -0.88

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