Nottingham Forest face off with guests Brentford Brentford vs Crystal Palace today Live, Crystal Palace Fixtures 2024 at The City Ground in the Premier League clash on Sunday. Our tips, poll and stats for Nottingham Forest v Brentford can all be found here – as well as up-to-date odds.
Nottingham Forest will be hoping for a better result after the 2-0 Premier League defeat last time out to Manchester City.
In that match, Nottingham Forest managed 42% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Manchester City got 7 shots at goal with 4 on target. Phil Foden (7′) and Erling Haaland (14′) scored for Manchester City.
It’s not been often in recent times where Nottingham Forest have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Nottingham Forest have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals along the way. That sort of pattern might not follow through into this match, however.
Analysis of their past results shows that Nottingham Forest:
- haven’t beaten Brentford in their previous 4 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Everton in Premier League action, Brentford will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Brentford managed 56% possession and 12 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Brentford was Mathias Jensen (28′). Everton had 18 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Abdoulaye Doucouré (6′), James Tarkowski (67′) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (71′) scored for Everton.
The numbers tell their own story, and Brentford have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 8 goals in total. Defensively, Brentford could really do with shoring things up.
Coming into this fixture, Brentford have not been beaten by Nottingham Forest when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
👥 Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels stretching back to 05/10/2019, there has been little to separate the clubs with Nottingham Forest winning 2 of those games, Brentford 2 and 2 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A combined total of 15 goals were scored between them in these games, with 7 for The Reds and 8 being from The Bees. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.5.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Premier League match day 34 on 29/04/2023 when it ended Brentford 2-1 Nottingham Forest.
That time, Brentford had 69% possession and 14 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. The goals were scored by Ivan Toney (82′) and Josh Dasilva (94′).
Nottingham Forest got 5 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Danilo (45′) was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Peter Bankes.
📰 Team News: Nottingham Forest
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper to be concerned with from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Danilo (Unknown Injury) is sidelined.
We are thinking that The Reds look set to use a 3-4-2-1 formation for this one with Matt Turner, Willy Boly, Nuno Tavares, Moussa Niakhate, Nicolas Dominguez, Orel Mangala, Ibrahim Sangare, Ola Aina, Serge Aurier, Morgan Gibbs-White and Taiwo Awoniyi.
📰 Team News: Brentford
We believe The Bees seem most likely to play in a 4-3-3 formation, starting the game with Mark Flekken, M. R. Rasmussen, Nathan Collins, Ethan Pinnock, Aaron Hickey, Christian Nørgaard, Mathias Jensen, Vitaly Janelt, Bryan Mbeumo, Kevin Schade and Yoane Wissa.
Our thinking is that Brentford and Nottingham Forest could both end up scoring in a what should be a good tussle with little between the two teams.
It appears that a draw might be on the cards. We’re therefore expecting a very even match with a 1-1 score draw at full-time.
📖 ⚽️ What are the top odds for the game?
Checking on the latest odds for this match in the win-draw-win market, staking on Nottingham Forest is best priced at 2.77, a wager on a draw is 3.34 & selecting victory for Brentford gets 2.55. These are the best of the market prices being offered right now.
Not exactly the pick of the bunch
One of the weaker looking Premier League clashes on paper this weekend sees basement boys Nottingham Forest welcome Brentford.
Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees posted a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over Liverpool in their last home game, although the shine of that is somewhat lost as last season’s Champions League finalists seem to be dropping points left right and centre with Leeds going on to beat them after that game.
Forest were humbled by Arsenal last time out in a 5-0 defeat, so Cooper will want his side to bounce back here against an out of sorts Brentford side winless in three. However, a blunt Forest frontline could yet be their undoing once again as it so often has this term.
Brentford have key absentees
With the loss of Ivan Toney through suspension, Brentford must try to end their winless run without the scorer of almost half of their league goals this season.
That absence perhaps leaves them at risk of drawing yet again after already posting six stalemates in the opening 13 rounds.
Yoanne Wissa is expected to take Toney’s place for this encounter, but with Brentford’s next highest scorer behind Toney being Mbeumo with just two, chances could come at a premium for the Bees.