Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal verdict, predicted score, key stats and suggested bets

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Arsenal have wobbled in recent weeks while Forest are resurgent, but it'll still be a tough task for Steve Cooper's men.

Date, KO time and TV coverage

Premier League, Saturday May 20, Kick-off 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event

Predicted score

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Arsenal

Suggested bets

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals Over one goal in the first half Time of the first goal: Under 30 minutes

Key stats

Nottingham Forest have scored at least once in 16 of their 18 home Premier League matches. Nottingham Forest have scored 12 and conceded 11 in their last five matches. Arsenal have scored two or more goals in seven of their 10 away matches since Christmas. Arsenal have scored 13 goals in the opening 20 minutes of their 18 away league matches this season

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal team news

Giulian Biancone (knee), Dean Henderson (thigh), Chris Wood (thigh), Neco Williams (head), Omar Richards (calf), Scott McKenna (shoulder), Jack Colback (head) and Jonjo Shelvey (calf) are all unavailable. Gustavo Scarpa (calf) is back in full training and could be in the squad, while we're yet to receive an update on the availability of Emmanuel Dennis (knock) who was injured against Southampton.

Gabriel Martinelli (ankle), William Saliba (back), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf) and Mohamed Elneny (knee) will be unavailable for the visitors.


Nottingham Forest are within touching distance of securing their Premier League status, but they need four points to make mathematically sure. In reality, three points should do it, but it won't be easy against Arsenal. Despite their slip-up against Brighton last weekend, Arsenal still have something to play for. The consensus is the title is gone, but they can still do their bit and apply pressure on Manchester City with a win. A win for the away side would mean Forest's fight for survival would go down to the final day, even if Leeds and Everton are also beaten this weekend. The Reds' -31 goal difference could yet prove problematic. Steve Cooper's men have defied the odds on numerous occasions at the City Ground. Basic logic would suggest if they can take a point from Man City, they can take a point from anyone. Forest have picked up several good results at home this season, but their 3-1 win against Brighton stands out. That coupled with an improved points return and goal tally on the road shows they are up for the battle. Although they have beaten two of the current top seven here, three of that top seven have won here. Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham all found the net more than once and limited Forest's opportunities. The hosts have made a living out of being second-best in matches but taking their chances this season. The way Arsenal set up should make it considerably harder to soak up pressure and hit them on the break. The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in 56% of their away matches this season and have a better defensive record on the road. They are also more clinical with their chances. Arsenal have taken the lead in 14 of their 18 away matches and have scored 13 times in the opening 20 minutes of those matches. Forest typically take a little longer to grow into games, but they have scored their fair share of first-half goals and the shackles seem to have come off in recent weeks. Their last five matches have produced an average of 4.6 goals.

The first quarter of this game will be crucial and Arsenal should be able to take control of proceedings, but we've seen them slip up often lately and Forest tend to find the net at home. It could be an entertaining encounter.

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