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Premier League 2022-23: Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :May 18, 2023 at 9:30 PM
Modified at :May 18, 2023 at 9:30 PM
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For Arsenal, this match holds significant importance as they aim to keep their faint hopes of winning the league title alive

In a crucial Premier League encounter, Nottingham Forest will take on Arsenal at the City Ground. After suffering a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton in their previous match, Mikel Arteta's team must bounce back strongly against relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners find themselves in a challenging situation, trailing league leaders Manchester City by four points with only a few matches remaining. Even a victory in this fixture may not be enough to stay in the race for the title, considering City's strong position and their upcoming match against Chelsea. A win for Manchester City in their subsequent game would see them secure their third consecutive PL title.

Ultimately, this match is of immense significance to Arsenal's aspirations, as they strive to keep their slim hopes of winning the Premier League alive. Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, will be determined to fight for survival and make their home advantage count. It promises to be an intriguing battle between two teams with contrasting objectives.

As the final whistle blows, only time will tell whether Arsenal can overcome the odds and secure a crucial victory to prolong the title race or if Nottingham Forest will put a dent in the Gunners ambitions and continue their own fight for survival.

Kick-Off:

Saturday, 20 May 2023 at 5:30 pm BST (10 pm IST)

Location: City Ground

Form

Nottingham Forest (in all competitions): D-W-L-W-L

Arsenal (in all competitions): L-W-W-L-D

Players to Watch

Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest)

The Nigerian football player has been a key figure for Nottingham Forest, particularly during their relegation battle. Awoniyi has shown excellent form when it matters most, in last game against Chelsea FC, he was seen overpowering experienced defenders like Silva and netting two crucial goals. With 8 goals and 1 assist in 25 Premier League games, he has proven to be a valuable signing for Forest after joining from Union Berlin in the summer of 2022.

Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal)

Considered by many as Arsenal's standout player, Odegaard has been instrumental in driving his team forward. Although the club captain couldn't make a difference in their recent defeat to Brighton, his presence and contributions are vital to Arsenal's attacking efforts. The surprise substitution of Odegaard in the 77th minute for Emile Smith Rowe raised eyebrows. Under Mikel Arteta, the former Los Blancos prodigy has registered an impressive tally of 15 Premier League goals and 8 assists in 35 appearances, showcasing his talent and impact on the team.

Match Facts

  • Arsenal have already thrased Nottingham by 5-0 in the reverse fixture
  • Both teams battling for different goals, have gathered same points in last 5 PL games
  • A loss for the Gunners could mean the end of PL title hope

Injury & Team News

Nottingham Forest is anxiously awaiting an update on Danilo's fitness, after the midfielder was forced off during their match against Chelsea. His availability for the upcoming fixture against Arsenal remains uncertain. Additionally, Emmanuel Dennis is still sidelined with a knock, depriving Forest of his services. The team will have to manage without these key players as they aim for a positive result against Arsenal.

Gabriel Martinelli is unlikely to feature for Arsenal after picking up an injury against Brighton. Furthermore, Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba will be sidelined for the match, limiting Mikel Arteta's options. The Gunners will need to find suitable replacements and adapt to these absences in their pursuit of victory against Nottingham Forest.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 102

Nottingham Forest wins – 28

Arsenal wins – 52

Draws – 22

Predicted Lineup

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup (5-4-1)

Keylor Navas(GK); Serge Aurier, Felipe Monteiro, Moussa Niakhate, Renan Lodi, Orel Mangala, Ryan Yates, Danilo, Brennan Johnson, Taiwo Awoniyi, Morgan Gibbs-White

Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3)

Aaron Ramsdale(GK); Ben White, Jakub Kiwior, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney, Martin Ødegaard, Jorginho, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard

Match Prediction for Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

Arsenal will be determined to bounce back from their recent defeat, and put on a strong performance against Nottingham Forest. Despite the challenges Forest may pose, the Gunners' quality and attacking prowess should give them the edge. With key players like Martin Odegaard and Trossard leading the charge, Arsenal is predicted to secure a 3-1 victory over Forest, showcasing their determination to keep their slim title hopes alive.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-3 Arsenal

Telecast

India – Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 2, Disney+ Hotstar.

UK – BT Sport, BT Sports App

US – NBC, USA Network.

Nigeria – SportLemon.tv.

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