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Brentford vs Nottingham Forest prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 20 January 2024
Kick-Off:  17:30 UK, 18:30 CET
Venue: Gtech Community Stadium
Sky Sports Main Event

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest: Top free betting tips

Can Ivan Toney's return inspire Brentford to a much-needed victory over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday 20 January? Our Brentford vs Nottingham Forest prediction is for a nervy game between two sides who are battling against the drop that is most likely to end in a draw.

Match result prediction: Draw

We're sitting on the fence for this one as there is so little between the two sides. Brentford's poor form has been well documented – they have lost their last five Premier League matches, however, the return of Toney instantly improves them. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, have improved under Nuno Espirito Santo but will come into this one tired after going to extra time against Blackpool in the FA Cup on Wednesday night. Can Brentford take advantage?

Both teams to score prediction: Yes

Whenever two teams at the bottom of the table clash, you expect goals due to how ropey their defences typically are. This is definitely the case on Saturday – Brentford have conceded 13 goals in their last five matches while Nottingham Forest have conceded nine goals in their last five. Goals have been a problem for Brentford recently, however, as already mentioned, Ivan Toney is back for the Bees.

Correct score prediction: Brentford 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Based on how both these teams have been performing of late, Brentford will likely be happy with a point here despite being the home side. Forest beat Newcastle at St James' Park in Nuno's first away match as manager so they won't be scared of going to the Gtech Community Stadium but a draw would probably suit them, too.

Gtech Community Stadium, home of Brentford | Brentford vs Nottingham Forest predictions
Gtech Community Stadium, home of Brentford – Photo by Icon sport

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest team news

Brentford predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest

The biggest news out of the Brentford camp this week is that Ivan Toney is free to play football again after serving an eight-month ban for gambling. In more positive news, the club have signed Sergio Reguilon on loan from Tottenham and the Spaniard could come straight into the team to replace the injured Rico Henry. There are still plenty of absentees for the Bees, including Bryan Mbuemo and Christian Norgaard who are injured and Yoane Wissa and Frank Onyeka who are at AFCON.

Flekken – Roerslvez, Collins, Ajer, Mee, Reguilon – Janelt, Jensen, Baptiste – Toney, Maupay

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup vs Brentford

Nottingham Forest have more players at AFCON 2023 than any other Premier League club with six absentees including Serge Aurier, Willy Boly and Moussa Niakhate. Alongside them, Santo has some injury doubts coming into the match with Divock Origi and Anthony Elanga both facing a race against time to make the match in London. Taiwo Awoniyi remains a long-term absentee for Forest with his return date still unknown.

Turner –  Montiel, Omobamidele, Worrall, Toffolo – Mangala, Danilo – Elanga, Dominguez, Hudson-Odoi – Wood

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How far will Nottingham Forest fans travel to the Gtech Community Stadium?

Nottingham Forest fans face a long trip down south to the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday evening. The total distance from Nottingham to West London is around 120 miles and the journey will take close to three hours for those Forest fans driving or getting on the coach. By public transport, the Forest fans will need to get a train to St Pancras International before switching on to a local rail service to Kew Bridge – this will take around two hours and 40 minutes.

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest: Tickets

Tickets for the match between Brentford and Nottingham Forest are still on sale for official Brentford members. They can purchase tickets by visiting the official Brentford website. Nottingham Forest were given an allocation of 1,725 tickets and all of these were sold to season ticket holders with away priority access. There are still some hospitality packages available for the match which can be bought directly through the Brentford website.

FAQs: Brentford vs Nottingham Forest

Who is the referee? Paul Tierney is the referee for Brentford vs Nottingham Forest.

Who is the Brentford manager? Thomas Frank is the current Brentford manager.

What was the result of the last meeting? The last Brentford vs Nottingham Forest match finished 1-1.

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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