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Everton vs Nottingham Forest: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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            Everton to win 2-1 @ 7/1
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            Chris Wood to Score Nottingham Forest's First Goal @ 10/3
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            Everton vs Nottingham Forest Prediction & Betting Tips

            Everton host Nottingham Forest next weekend in arguably one of the biggest games of the season. Both teams have been plunged into the relegation battle due to financial mismanagement from both teams. The hosts have been deducted six points in total (initially ten but reduced to six on appeal) whereas Nottingham Forest have been deducted six points.

            Location: Goodison Park

            Date: 21/04/24

            Kick-off: 1.30 pm

            The points deductions for both sides mean they both sit just outside the relegation zone. Everton does have the advantage over Nottingham Forest in that they have two games in hand. One against Chelsea before their game against Nottingham Forest and the remaining game being the Merseyside Derby.

            The Toffees were embroiled in a relegation battle last season and the Merseyside club narrowly avoided the drop on the final day thanks to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth. The single goal from Abdoulaye Doucouré was enough for Everton, as they continued their tremendous record in the top flight at the expense of Leicester City and Leeds United.

            This season, Everton finds themselves in a more favourable position you could argue. Without the financial penalties imposed on them, the Toffees would be 14th and completely safe, however, they would still need to make sure they obtain the results required.

            Sean Dyche, who garnered a reputation for his work at Burnley, has side currently 16th after 31 games. Everton are only two points above the relegation zone but as mentioned they do have games in hand to extend the points gap. Before the game between the two sides next weekend, Everton could be four points clear of Nottingham Forest if they were to obtain a result against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

            Everton have accumulated 27 points from 32 games played this season, currently nine points fewer than last season’s tally of 36. The Toffees have averaged 0.84 points this season, although, at the end of next weekend, they could potentially be eight points clear of Luton Town in that last relegation place. That’s assuming Everton managed to beat both Nottingham Forest and Chelsea.

            As for the visitors, they have experienced the same financial penalty as their hosts. Nottingham Forest would be placed in 15th behind Brentford if they didn’t fall foul of regulations. Instead, Forest will enter this game behind Everton, despite the Blues heavy 6-0 defeat at Chelsea on Monday night.

            Nottingham Forest will be hoping for a result in their favour at Stamford Bridge to give them a chance of overtaking the Toffees next weekend. If results do fall in their momentum, Forest can go two points clear of Everton and potentially four points clear of Luton Town should Luton against Brentford.

            The away side has had a managerial change this season, replacing the popular Steve Cooper with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, Nuno Espirito Santo. Since joining, Nuno Espirito Santo has obtained 16 of the 26 points Forest have accumulated this season. Forest has an average of 0.78 points per game obtained, with a win rate of 23.81% as manager of the club.

            In the most recent league meeting between the two sides, it was Everton who came out on top in a closely fought encounter. The hosts for that game, Nottingham Forest had 62% possession and completed 592 passes but failed to find a way past a resilient Everton side. The winner came in the 67th minute through Dwight McNeil, who controlled the ball brilliantly at the back post to then rifle the ball home past Vlachodimos in the Forest net.

            Team News

            Everton Team News

            Everton have no fresh injury or suspension worries to concern themselves with.

            Nottingham Forest Team News

            Ola Aina and Willy Boly are both ruled out with injuries ahead of this game. Morgan Gibbs – White is the only suspension risk for Nuno Espirito Santo.

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            The recent history between the two sides suggests a close game between the two sides. Everton has the slight advantage in winning two from their last five against Nottingham Forest, although each time a win over one another in the last five it has only been by a single goal.

            It is worth noting since Nottingham Forest was away from the Premier League for an extended period, Everton have technically not recorded a win over Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park since 1997.

            Everton beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 that year at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Duncan Ferguson and Nick Barmby. Everton’s assistant manager Ian Woan was in the Nottingham Forest starting eleven that day.

            The Toffees enter this game on the back of some very indifferent form, but they will take great confidence following their most recent game at Goodison Park. Everton have won only one out of their last five games in the league, although they did take a valuable point away at Newcastle United.

            Everton managed to record a 1-0 win over Burnley in their last home game. Despite conceding the majority of the ball to their opponents, Everton found a way to win the important relegation game against Burnley. The hosts were gifted the winner in injury time of the first half when Dominic Calvert-Lewin benefitted from a costly mistake from Arijanet Muric.

            Everton have averaged 1.07 points per game at Goodison Park this season. The Toffees have won one out of their last five games at home.

            Nottingham Forest have the better form heading into this game, having only lost once in their last five league games. Forest will be hoping they provide a better result than their last away game against Tottenham Hotspur.

            The Reds could count themselves rather unfortunate not to walk away with a point against such tough opposition. Missed chances cost them, especially through Chris Wood despite him getting on the scoresheet.

            Nottingham Forest have averaged only 0.63 points per game away from home and are winless in their last five games away from the City Ground.

            In their most recent game, Nottingham Forest dropped points at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matheus Cunha opened the scoring for Wolves, however, Forest fought back to take the lead through Morgan Gibbs-White and Danilo. Cunha levelled for Wolves and the score remained 2-2.

            Morgan Gibbs-White is pivotal to any chances Nottingham Forest may have of gaining a result. The midfielder has 12 goal contributions in the league this season.

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            Where to watch

            The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

            1.30 pm will be the kick-off time.