Villans journey on the league
Watch Aston villa vs Nottm forest preview, as the villans have a five victories over six matches in premier league they are having a meeting at Uk villa park at today evening.
As Aston villa holds the 7th position of the table, Nottm forest will take 17th position in the premier league premises.
Aston villa vs Nottm forest preview
After having a big victory against Leicester city with 2-1 victory, Aston villa heads into another action with forest this weekend. Olli Watkins and Bertrand Traore grabbing the goals in a relatively comfortable week for Unai emery’s team.
Thriving under the guidance of Emery, Watkins has taken his game to another level over the past few months, scoring eight goals in 10 Premier League matches to establish himself as one of the division’s most prolific strikers.
When Aston Villa won just two of their opening 11 league games – suffering six defeats along the way – the club’s hierarchy was left with little choice but to part company with Steven Gerrard and head in a different direction.
Remarkably, the Villans have won 10 of their 16 Premier League matches under Emery’s watch, while only Arsenal and Manchester City have picked up more points than Villa since the four-time Europa League winner took the job.
After languishing in the bottom half of the table for much of the campaign, Aston Villa now find themselves nine points shy of the top four with nine games remaining, meaning that a European finish is a genuine possibility.
Team news and Injury
With Matty Cash sidelined through injury, Ashley Young – who netted a long-range rocket in the reverse fixture at the City Ground – will continue at right-back for Aston Villa.
The Villans will also be without injured duo Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara for the foreseeable future, while backup goalkeeper Jed Steer remains sidelined.
Leon Bailey is expected to support Ollie Watkins in attack, while Alex Moreno is likely to continue ahead of Lucas Digne at left-back, with Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa occupying the centre-back roles.
Nottingham Forest’s extensive injury list contains Dean Henderson, Chris Wood, Willy Boly, Scott McKenna, Giulian Biancone and Omar Richards.
There are also question marks over the fitness of Emmanuel Dennis, Serge Aurier and Ryan Yates, as Aurier and Yates have both missed the last two games.
On a brighter note, Taiwo Awoniyi is back from a lengthy injury layoff and could be handed his first start since January, supporting key forward Brennan Johnson, who has bagged eight Premier League goals this term.
Moussa Niakhate and Felipe appear to be Cooper’s preferred centre-backs at the moment, while left-back Renan Lodi is expected to come back into the starting XI at the expense of Harry Toffolo.
Aston villa vs Nottm Forest Head to head prediction
Saturday’s game will mark the 130th meeting between Villa and Forest, who trail 60-38. There have been 31 draws between the two teams, including their most recent matchup, which ended 1-1.
The hosts are unbeaten in five games in the fixture. The visitors are without a clean sheet in ten games in the fixture since 1998. Seven of the Villans’ 13 league wins this season have come at home.
The Reds have conceded 52 league goals this season. Only Bournemouth (57) have conceded more. Forest have picked up just six points on the road in the league this season, the joint-fewest in the top flight.
Aston villa vs Nottm forest Prediction
Villa are on a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten in six games. They have won their last two home games.
Forest, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four games and are without a win in eight. They have lost their last five away outings and could see defeat here.