Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest match preview, predictions, team news, lineups

Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest match preview, predictions, team news, lineups
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Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest – In the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, Aston Villa takes on Nottingham Forest at Villa Park in an attempt to end a run of three straight losses at home in all competitions.

In their most recent match in the Premier League, Unai Emery’s team defeated Fulham 2-1, and the Tricky Trees were victorious 2-0 against West Ham United.

Aston Villa, who have always been an overpowering force in front of the Villa Park supporters, have overcome their recent home difficulties with a string of outstanding away performances. Last weekend, they went five games without losing at Fulham’s Craven Cottage headquarters.

Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest match preview, predictions, team news, lineups

Ollie Watkins scored twice, his 12th and 13th goals of the Premier League season, to give the Lions a two-goal lead by the hour mark. Rodrigo Muniz, Fulham’s star forward, cut the deficit in half, but it was too little, too late for the Cottagers to win the match.

Gameweek 25’s Wolverhampton Wanderers victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium allowed Villa to defeat their city rivals and move up to fourth place in the standings, although they now only have a two-point advantage over Spurs in the fierce battle for Champions League qualification.

Emery’s struggling Lions, who have lost their last three home games against Newcastle United, Chelsea, and Manchester United in league and FA Cup action, have only managed a meagre victory over Fulham, making it just their second win in seven games across all competitions.

Aston Villa hasn’t lost three straight Premier League home games since Dean Smith’s era in 2020, but since Chelsea shut them out in October 2022, their incredible scoring run at Villa Park currently stands at 33 games in all competitions.

Only three of Aston Villa’s twenty-five Premier League games this season have seen the team fail to open the score, though one of those blanks occurred on February 17 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, where Nuno Espirito Santo’s team dealt West Ham United supporters another rough weekend.

Forest’s first Premier League victory of 2024 came at the fifth attempt, helped by another nightmare performance from Hammers new boy Kalvin Phillips, who was sent off in the 71st minute of the game. Taiwo Awoniyi and the revived Callum Hudson-Odoi scored goals either side of the Englishman’s transgression.

Prior to their triumph on Saturday, Santo’s team had only managed one point from their first four top-flight matches of the year. Although this victory puts the 16th-place Reds four points above of Luton Town in the relegation zone, Santo’s team is by no means safe.

With just two Premier League away victories this season, Forest travels to Villa Park with some comfort, thanks to an eight-match scoring run in the top level and their most recent ninety-minute encounter with Emery’s Champions League contenders.

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While Nottingham Forest surprised many three months ago by defeating Aston Villa 2-0 at the City Ground, the Lions won 2022–23 at Villa Park by the same score and haven’t lost to their fellow former European Cup champions on home soil since 1994.

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Nottingham Forest Premier League form:

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Aston Villa lost a third player, Boubacar Kamara, to a season-ending knee injury prior to their crushing of Fulham. Kamara sustained the injury during the previous weekend’s loss to Man United and now joins Emiliano Buendia and Tyrone Mings in the ACL.

Although Jhon Duran and Diego Carlos are dealing with hamstring issues, and Ezri Konsa is also dealing with a knee condition that should heal in a few weeks, the hosts at Craven Cottage had no new concerns as Lucas Digne kept improving his fitness as a substitute.

Before suffering a thigh injury, the left-back had played in 18 of Villa’s first 19 Premier League games. However, Emery has no justification for benching Alex Moreno, who had a goal disallowed in the team’s victory over Fulham.

Santo’s two Africa Cup of Nations winners, Ibrahim Sangare and Willy Boly, could now be considered for Premier League playing time at Nottingham Forest. Ola Aina, whose Nigerian team lost heartbreakingly to Ivory Coast in the championship game, should also be considered.

Due to thigh problems, Chris Wood and Gonzalo Montiel are still sidelined. Awoniyi, the team’s top scorer, was substituted midway through the second half of the victory over West Ham, marking his fourth Premier League game after overcoming a groyne procedure.

Santo was unaware of the seriousness of Awoniyi’s problem, but he acknowledged following the match that his best shooter was “struggling,” meaning that Divock Origi is prepared to lead the assault if necessary.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:

Martinez; Cash, Torres, Lenglet, Moreno; Bailey, Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey; Tielemans; Watkins

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:

Sels; Williams, Felipe, Murillo, Tavares; Danilo, Dominguez; Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Origi

Our prediction for this match 3-1 won by Aston Villa

Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest match preview, predictions, team news, lineups

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