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Brentford vs Nottingham Forest Prediction & Betting Tips

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Brentford vs Nottingham Forest: Betting Tips, Prediction & Match Preview

Brentford welcome Nottingham Forest to the Gtech Community Stadium looking to turn around their fortunes following five straight losses in the league.

These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

  • Date: 20/01/24
  • Kick-off time: 17:30
  • Location: Gtech Community Stadium

This is a very important fixture at the bottom of the table, with both Brentford and Nottingham Forest desperate to pick up three points.

The Bees, who finished an impressive ninth last season, find themselves in 16th and three points above the drop zone as they try to fix their horrendous form. Despite the imminent return of star man Ivan Toney, they are in real danger of being dragged into a relegation fight. Forest currently sit one place and one point above their hosts with 20 points, but have played a game more.

A win for either team will be huge for their chances of survival. Victory for the hosts will move them up to 14th and give them a bit of breathing space between themselves and the drop zone. Lose, and they will be dangerously looking over their shoulders. The visitors are in a similar position, it is a must-win.

Brentford’s home form has been poor, with Thomas Frank’s side victorious just three times in ten games. Their downturn in results have coincided with the injury to Bryan Mbeumo. The forward has scored seven Premier League goals this season and his absence has been felt. However, Thomas Frank will hope that the imminent return of Ivan Toney will drastically improve their attacking woes. The Englishman scored 20 goals last season and has missed the entirety of this season through suspension.

New Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been in charge of four games after he took over from Steve Cooper in December, with an excellent 2-1 vs Man United the highlight of his short tenure so far. They have scored just 24 goals this season, but seven have come in the last three games. Chris Wood leads the way with seven goals on the season, whilst Anthony Elanga and Taiwo Awoniyi have bagged four each. Defensively they have struggled, as they have kept just three clean sheets all season, though one did come at Stamford Bridge.

In 38 meetings, Brentford have been victorious over Nottingham Forest 14 times. There is not much to separate the two sides, as Forest have also come out on top on 13 occasions, whilst 11 games ended in a draw. The reverse fixture was another stalemate as Nicolas Dominguez cancelled out Christopher Norgaard’s opener to earn the home side a point at the City Ground.

The Bees are unbeaten in the last five matchups, though three were draws. Forest enjoyed plenty of success before this, as they won three in a row between 2019 and 2020 whilst both teams were in the Championship.

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest Team News

Brentford Team News

Star striker Ivan Toney is set to make his first appearance of the season as he returns from an eight-month ban following betting charges. Ben Mee will also be returning from a suspension following his red card at Aston Villa. Yoanne Wissa, Frank Onyeka and Saman Ghoddos are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations, whilst Bryan Mbeumo is out until late March.

Christian Norgaard and Aaron Hickey remain out, but Kristoffer Ajer is hopeful of a comeback this weekend.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Forest will be without striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who is out until March with a groin injury. Nuno Espirito Santo will be missing a host of players who are away at AFCON. Ibrahim Sangare, Ola Aina, Moussa Niakhate, Cheikhou Kouyate, Willy Boly and Serge Aurier are all absent. Anthony Elanga and Divock Origi both picked up knocks recently but are hopeful of returning this weekend.

Form Guide

Brentford

In their last six games, Brentford have drawn one and lost five. The Bees are in the midst of a dreadful run of form which has seen them lose five league games in a row. They managed to earn a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third-round home tie against Wolves, however, Thomas Frank's men lost out in the replay via a 3-2 scoreline following an extra time penalty from Matheus Cunha.

Not only have they lost five consecutive Premier League games, they have also been leaking a concerning amount of goals. A 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace and 4-1 defeat to Wolves signify their struggles on both ends of the pitch. They have not won a game since the very beginning of December, when they beat Luton Town 3-1 at home. Neal Maupay, Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste were on the scoresheet that day.

Nottingham Forest

In their last six games, Nottingham Forest have won three, drawn two and lost one. Despite their precarious position in the league, Forest have shown some life in recent weeks, giving fans hope of another season in the top flight.

Their most recent outing was away at Blackpool in an FA Cup replay following a 2-2 draw at the City Ground in the initial tie. Forest's encounter at Bloomfield Road was also an entertaining one, as they earned a 3-2 win thanks to a Chris Wood goal in extra time after they'd blown a 2-0 lead in normal time given to them by Andrew Omobamidele and Danilo.

Victory against Man United was perhaps their most significant of the season, with goals from Dominguez and Morgan Gibbs-White either side of a Marcus Rashford strike securing three points for Forest. This came following an equally as impressive win at St James’ Park, as Chris Wood haunted his former team by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 win. Their sole defeat came at home to Tottenham, whilst they picked up a point on the road to Wolves.

Footy Accumulators prediction

We expect this fixture to be a hard-fought affair with not much to separate the sides. Both teams are desperate to pick up three points and Brentford will be boosted by the much-needed return of Ivan Toney. Defensive struggles will be evident in this one: Brentford 2-2 Nottingham Forest

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Header logoPremier League

PosClubPWDLGDPTS
16
Team logoEverton
329815-1627
17
Team logoNottm Forest
337917-1626
18
Team logoLuton
336720-2425
Last updated 19/04/2024

Where to watch Brentford vs Nottingham Forest

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event.

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