There will be a huge game at the bottom of the Premier League standings on Saturday, as Nottingham Forest welcomes Everton to the City Ground. Both teams are fighting desperately for points to remain in the Premier League, but which team will claim victory this weekend?
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Nottingham Forest’s upturn in form following the World Cup break has seen them rise to 13th in the league standings. However, a run of three without success could highlight that they may get dragged back into the scrap at the bottom of the standings. The home form of Steve Cooper’s side looks set to be integral for their chances of staying in the division, meaning that this will be a must-win game for Forest.
The host’s come into this fixture after suffering a second defeat in three in their last match, as they were routinely beaten 4-0 by West Ham United at the London Stadium. Forest offered very little throughout that fixture in the final third, and looked to be happy to take a point. However, they were made to pay for that tactic in the final 20 minutes.
It will be a second straight game on the road for Sean Dyche’s Everton this weekend following their trip to Arsenal in midweek. Everton’s Premier League status is under increasing threat this term, as they need every point that they can to avoid a first drop into the second tier in their long history.
On the road, Everton has struggled throughout the campaign, as they have managed to record just a single victory from their opening eleven matches away from Goodison Park. Over that period, they have scored just six goals, which is five fewer than they have managed at home.
Nottingham Forest vs Everton Head to Head
The first meeting between the sides this season ended all square at Goodison Park. However, Everton’s overall record against Forest remains strong, as they have picked up four wins from their previous six meetings. The last top flight meeting between the sides in the East Midlands was won 2-0 by Everton in September 1998.
Nottingham Forest vs Everton Prediction
This is a huge fixture for both teams in the Premier League this weekend, and both will desperately need maximum points. However, the slight preference is for the Toffees to edge to a 1-0 win, as we could see Dyche setting his team up perfectly for the test at hand.
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