Monday, February 6, 2023

Prediction: Southampton vs Nottingham Forest

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 5/1

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Southampton and Nottingham Forest will face each other in the Premier League this week. The match between the Saints and the Reds will be held at St. Mary’s Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm UK time on Wednesday.

Southampton

Southampton are a big and established club in the Premier League, but they are having a poor campaign and are in real danger of suffering relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. The Saints have already made a managerial change, but it does not appear that the team have got the bounce that they were hoping for.

The Saints are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 12 points from 17 matches. They are two points behind 17th-placed West Ham United. Southampton will head into the match against Nottingham Forest at St. Mary’s Stadium on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Fulham away from home at Craven Cottage in London in the Premier League. It followed a 3-1 loss at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion at St. Mary’s Stadium which came after a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City at home in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Like Southampton, Nottingham Forest are also in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. And this is a big reason why the Saints simply cannot afford to lose this game or draw. They simply have to win.

Team News:

Sam Edozie was taken off against Fulham, but Southampton should have him back for the match against Nottingham Forest as he was suffering from cramp. Alex McCarthy, Theo Walcott, Juan Larios and Valentino Livramento all are injured and out.

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of last season. The Reds were actually struggling in the lower reaches of the Championship in the opening weeks of the 2021-22 campaign, but under Steve Cooper they went on a sensational run and eventually won promotion to the top flight of English football via the playoffs.

No one expected Forest to find it easy in the Premier League this season, especially after they signed essentially an entire new squad in the summer of 2022. Cooper’s side are now third from bottom in the Championship table with 14 points from 17 matches, level on points with 17th-placed West Ham United.

Forest will head into the match against Southampton away from home at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday evening on the back of a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the City Ground in the league. It was a very good and encouraging display from the Reds and came after they had gone down 3-0 to Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Team News:

Nottingham Forest will be without Omar Richards, Moussa Niakhate, Cheikhou Kouyate, Giulian Biancone and Jesse Lingard due to injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Southampton have scored 15 goals in 17 Premier League matches.
  • Nottingham Forest have scored 12 goals in 17 Premier League games.
  • Southampton have conceded 32 goals in 17 Premier League matches.
  • Nottingham Forest have conceded 34 goals in 17 Premier League matches.
  • Southampton have lost their last 6 Premier League games.

Conclusion

Neither Southampton nor Nottingham Forest are playing particularly well, and this game is a six-pointer. We should not expect the Premier League match between the Saints and the Reds to be a great game of football, but it will be a hard-fought encouter that could be decided in the final minutes.

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 5/1

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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