Brentford vs Nottingham Forest verdict, predicted score, key stats and suggested bets
Brentford currently sit ninth, six points off Spurs in seventh, while Forest are just one point clear of the Premier League relegation zone heading into this encounter.
Date, KO time and TV coverage
Premier League, Saturday April 29, Kick-off 3pm
Brentford 3-1 Nottingham Forest
Brentford to win Over 2.5 goals Ivan Toney to score
Brentford ended their six-match winless run with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday. They have picked up four points from two matches in the past week. Newcastle and Arsenal are the only two teams to have won a Premier League match at the Gtech Community Stadium this season. Nottingham Forest's midweek win was their first in 12 matches and lifted them out of the relegation zone. Nottingham Forest have scored seven goals in 16 Premier League away matches.
Pontus Jansson (thigh), Keane Lewis-Potter (knee), Thomas Strakosha (calf), Kristoffer Ajer (calf) and Christian Norgaard (calf) are all unavailable for Brentford. Nottingham Forest's injury list is worthy of a feature at this point. They welcomed back Serge Aurier and Cheikhou Kouyate midweek but lost Neco Williams (face) and Moussa Niakhate (hamstring). Giulian Biancone (knee), Chris Wood (thigh), Scott McKenna (shoulder), Willy Boly (thigh), Jack Colback (head), Ryan Yates (shoulder), Omar Richards (calf) and Dean Henderson (thigh) are all expected to miss out. Gustavo Scarpa (knee) is a doubt and Jonjo Shelvey has been suspended by the club.
Brentford were winless in six and had lost three of their previous four matches before the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Beating Chelsea puts a different spin on things for the Bees, who have collected four points in less than a week. It could have been better had Douglas Luiz not scored an 87th-minute equaliser for Aston Villa last weekend, but Thomas Frank's men are just two wins behind Spurs and could still sneak a European place. Visitors Nottingham Forest picked up a crucial 3-1 win over Brighton at the City Ground on Wednesday. Goals from Danilo, Morgan Gibbs-White and a Pascal Gross own goal did the damage as Forest escaped the bottom three. It looked as if they would be punished for an early penalty miss when Facundo Buonanotte gave Brighton a first-half lead, but poor finishing and hazardous defending let the hosts off the hook. It has been a week of improvement for Steve Cooper's men. Their 3-2 defeat at Anfield wasn't worth any points, but we did see a much more determined version of Forest who looked up for a relegation scrap. Despite the effort, Liverpool deserved their goals and should have added more. Forest benefited from a fortunate deflection and out-performed their xG thanks to a Gibbs-White wondergoal. Their run of four goals in four away matches is their best return so far this season, but it hasn't stopped them from losing six consecutive Premier League games on their travels, conceding 16 goals in return. Brentford have averaged just under two goals per game at home this season and it's hard to see how Forest can limit such a fluent team with a home record like Brentford's from keeping up that average. The Bees will have taken a lot of confidence from their 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge too. Chelsea had a greater number of chances but none that you would call clear-cut. It's not a stretch to say they should have found the net three or four times in their 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, but equally, they could have conceded more than once. Brentford are a dangerous team at home and they should have the quality and confidence to take advantage of Forest's injury-hit backline. Ivan Toney has 10 goals at the Gtech and will get chances to add to his tally. The saving grace for the visitors could be that Brentford do give you chances, so there's every chance they can contribute to a high-scoring game.
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