Nottm forest vs Brighton preview
Watch Nottm forest vs Brighton Preview, as both clubs have a meetings on the premier league fixtures at City ground on today evening.
As Nottm forest is being threatened by Relegation zone they are placed in the 19th position in points table, Brighton is 8th positioned on the premier league point table.
Despite seeing just 18% of the ball against Liverpool, Nottingham Forest showed great spirit to come from behind on two occasions at Anfield, with Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White finding the back of the net for the visitors.
However, defensive lapses enabled Diogo Jota to bag a brace before Mohamed Salah scored the winner midway through the second half to inflict a fourth successive defeat on the Tricky Trees, who have slipped to 19th in the Premier League table.
Although Forest find themselves one point from safety with six games remaining, Cooper’s men must return to winning ways if they want to avoid an immediate return to the Championship, as they head into Wednesday’s clash on an 11-match winless run.
Indeed, Nottingham Forest have recorded three draws and eight losses since their last victory, with six defeats coming in their previous seven outings, although they can take confidence from their impressive record on home soil.
Having lost just two of their last 12 Premier League clashes at the City Ground clinching positive results against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea along the way Forest will be hopeful of taking advantage of a deflated Brighton outfit.
Team News and Injury
Scott McKenna made a swift return to Nottingham Forest’s lengthy injury list as the centre-back was forced off at Anfield with a suspected collar bone issue, leaving Steve Cooper with limited defensive options.
McKenna joins fellow defenders Willy Boly, Serge Aurier, Giulian Biancone and Omar Richards on the sidelines, meaning that Joe Worrall should return alongside Moussa Niakhate and Felipe at centre-back.
With goalkeeper Dean Henderson continuing to recover from a hamstring injury, Paris Saint-Germain loanee Keylor Navas will retain his place in Forest’s starting XI, while Remo Freuler is expected to anchor the midfield.
Cooper made the bold decision to drop key forward Brennan Johnson last time out, but the Wales international – who has scored eight Premier League goals this term – is likely to be restored to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
With Chris Wood, Ryan Yates, Gustavo Scarpa, Jack Colback and Cheikhou Kouyate also out injured, Cooper has little scope for rotation as he attempts to find a winning formula.
As for Brighton, Evan Ferguson looks set to remain sidelined for the foreseeable future, so Danny Welbeck will continue to lead the line, with Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March occupying the wide attacking areas.
The Seagulls are also without Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento and Tariq Lamptey due to injury, meaning that Roberto De Zerbi will not be able to make too many changes to the XI that started Sunday’s defeat at Wembley.
Goalkeeper Jason Steele could come back into the team at the expense of Robert Sanchez, while Alexis Mac Allister could occupy a deeper midfield position to accommodate Julio Enciso in a more advanced role
Nottm forest vs Brighton head-to-head stats
In 13 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Brighton & Hove Albion have won five games, lost three and drawn five.
Argentina international Alexis Mac Allister has nine goal contributions in 25 league starts for Brighton & Hove Albion this season. Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma has 11 goal contributions in 17 league starts for Brighton & Hove Albion so far.
German midfielder Pascal Gross has 12 goal contributions in 29 league starts for Brighton & Hove Albion this season. Midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White has nine goal contributions in 28 league starts for Nottingham Forest so far.
Nottm Forest vs Brighton Prediction
Although Brighton will be fatigued after Sunday’s marathon FA Cup showdown with Manchester United, De Zerbi’s men should have enough in the tank to inflict a fifth successive defeat on Nottingham Forest.
The Tricky Trees invariably give visiting teams a run for their money on Trentside, but the hosts look set to fall short against the high-flying Seagulls, who are expected to notch a third victory in four Premier League outings.