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Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 17 February 2024
Kick-Off:  15:00 UK 16:00 CET
Venue: The City Ground

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham: Top free betting tips

Nottingham Forest are set to play West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, 17 February with both teams needing a result for different reasons. Nottingham Forest are very much in the relegation battle now after a string of bad results while West Ham need something to stay in the race for European football. Which side will pick up an invaluable three points? Check out our Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction below.

Match result prediction: Nottingham Forest to win

Although both sides are in poor form, Nottingham Forest have been showing more signs of fight than West Ham. Forest were unlucky not to take anything from Newcastle last time out in a hard-fought 3-2 loss while West Ham suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Arsenal in front of their home supporters. While there is always a chance that West Ham come back with a point to prove here, Forest appear to have more about them at present.

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

West Ham are currently in the middle of a seven-match stretch without a victory in all competitions and in those seven matches, they have conceded goals far too easily. In total, they have conceded 14 goals while Nottingham Forest have scored 17 goals in their last ten matches so should be able to capitalise on the Hammer's leaky defence. Forest's defence isn't much better, though, with Nuno Espirito Santo's side conceding 12 goals in their last seven matches.

Correct score prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-1 West Ham

We aren't expecting West Ham to suffer another humiliating defeat at the City Ground on Saturday but we do think they'll go back to London with nothing. Forest's injury list has been cut down dramatically in recent weeks and with their passionate supporters behind them, we expect they'll get the points they need.

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Nottingham Forest vs West Ham team news

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup vs West Ham

After losing six players to the Africa Cup of Nations at the beginning of January, Nottingham Forest finally have them all back (with the exception of Serge Aurier who completed a transfer to Galatasaray at the end of January). The final players to return were Ola Aina, Ibrahim Sangare and Willy Boly who all competed in the final but Santo has said none of them will be available for the match with West Ham. Other absentees for Forest are Chris Wood and Gonzalo Montiel who are both injured.

Sels – Williams, Niakhaté, Murillo, Tavares, Murillo – Yates, Domínguez – Gibbs-White Hudson-Odoi, Elanga – Awoniyi

West Ham predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest

David Moyes is probably considering changing all eleven players after he saw his team get battered 6-0 at the weekend but a few of them will likely survive. In a potential double boost, Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta are both on the verge of being fit again and could at least make the bench for the trip to Nottingham on Saturday. Aaron Creswell and Kalvin Phillips will surely start this one while Mavropanos may feel like he deserves a start.

Areola – Coufal, Zouma, Mavropanos, Cresswell – Phillips, Alvarez – Bowen, Paqueta, Kudus – Antonio

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham: What the fans think

West Ham fans have given up on David Moyes

Nottingham Forest fans want their team to go for it

How far will West Ham fans travel to Nottingham?

West Ham fans will make their way up to Nottingham from East London on Saturday in a journey that will take close to three hours via car or coach. By train, West Ham fans will need to make their way across London to St Pancras International before getting on a direct train to Nottingham. The total distance between East London and Nottingham is roughly 140 miles.

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham: Tickets

Nottingham Forest are still selling tickets for the match against West Ham but you need to be a MyForest member in order to purchase. As it's close to kick off, you will need to contact the ticket office directly and pick up your tickets. West Ham were given an allocation of 2,957 tickets and all of these have been sold to eligible season ticket holders.

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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