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Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth sit neck-and-neck above the relegation zone
Nottingham Forest to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Nottinghamshire, The Nottingham Forest Football ClubBet Now
Nottingham Forest were the latest team to feel the full force of Manchester City in midweek, with the champions putting six past the newly promoted side.
Erling Haaland netting his second successive hattrick in that game and Forest will be pleased to get that game out of the way.
This week, they secured the services of Wilfried Boly, their 19th signing of a busy summer transfer window. Having spent approximately £150m, they will be expecting results sometime soon.
Bournemouth, under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil, played out a nervous 0-0 draw with Wolves in their first game since Scott Parker was sacked.
It was important that the Cherries put that 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool behind them so that they can move on with the rest of the season.
Can either side grab three points here?
Reasons to be cheerful:
Will be pleased to have games against Man City and Spurs out of the way
New signing Boly will help boost their defence
Reasons to be fearful:
For all their new signings, they need to start getting results on the pitch
Lost both games to Bournemouth in the Championship last season
On paper, Nottingham Forest have amassed an impressive squad over the summer transfer window and should have enough quality to stay in the Premier League at the end of the season.
Having said that, their current form of three defeats from the last five has put a bit of a dampener on things for Forest fans who will hope to see their team avoid a relegation battle this year.
Their new signing, Wilfried Boly from Wolves, should slot into their back line nicely, alongside the likes of Kouyate, another new purchase.
Once their defensive record improves, and you feel it will now that Spurs and City are out of the way, they should see their form pick up.
A game against struggling Bournemouth could be exactly what they need.
Star Man – Morgan Gibbs-White
The youngster arrived at Nottingham Forest on a fee that could potentially rise to as much as £42m. For a 22-year-old, that’s an incredible amount of money and he will need to start delivering before too long.
Reasons to be cheerful
Draw under caretaker manager will somewhat improve confidence
Two wins from two against Forest last season
Reasons to be fearful
Players must wonder if they’re set for a tough season
Could have done with more signings in the transfer market
This week, Bournemouth have announced the signing of Jack Stephens on a season-long loan from Southampton, boosting the Cherries’ defensive options for the remainder of the campaign.
In truth, although Bournemouth have made six signings this summer, they do not appeared to have strengthened sufficiently to avoid relegation this year.
Soon, a new manager will be appointed at Bournemouth, although Gary O’Neil will continue as caretaker boss for the game against Forest.
He has a draw under his belt from the midweek game against Wolves, and he wouldn’t turn down another point here.
A positive result of any kind would suit a wounded Bournemouth right now.
Star Man – Ryan Christie
In the draw against Wolves, Christie showed the most intent running up and down the left-hand wing for Bournemouth. They are desperately short on goals, so anything he can provide would help.
A tight, low-scoring game
Nottingham Forest to create the better chances
An early goal would help settle either side’s nerves
Nottingham Forest have the better form coming into this game, but the pressure will soon build if results don’t start to follow.
For all the money they have spent, they will need to back that up with points on the board.
Bournemouth are not only desperately short of confidence, but they’re also extremely short on goals too. They haven’t scored in four games now, since their opening game win over Aston Villa.
You feel this will be a tight encounter, but one that Forest should claim three points from.
Nottingham Forest to win 1-0
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