West Ham vs Nottingham Forest – Betting Preview
We head towards a big game in the bottom half of the table as West Ham play host to Nottingham Forest.
A win for the Hammers could lift them out of the bottom three this weekend and would certainly bring their guests right back into the relegation battle!
West Ham Preview
With a 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the London derby, West Ham has now gone three games without a victory in the Premier League. Nonetheless, they have won both of their home games in 2023, drawing with Chelsea and defeating Everton.
So West Ham is finally gaining momentum, and they might soon start to pose a threat.
They currently have one of the weaker offences in the league, but their strong defence has kept them out of the relegation zone. Hence, we anticipate West Ham to go up the rankings as long as they keep clean sheets and start scoring more goals!
Nottingham Forest Preview
It appeared that Nottingham Forest was once more heading for the Championship. The squad went overboard in the transfer market and attacked about 25 new players, some of whom were quite strong. But this is insufficient to create a strong team.
It took them half a season to start showing signs of improvement but right now, they seem quite impressive and we may actually see Nottingham survive this season and remain in the PL.
With a vital point against champions Manchester City in a 1-1 draw, Nottingham Forest extended their home winning streak to eight games and moved five points ahead of their opponents, who are currently in 18th place, going into the weekend games.
While their home record is promising, their away record is particularly concerning. They have only been victorious in away games three times, and two of those victories occurred in the League Cup.
It was Forest who prevailed in the reverse fixture, winning 1-0, but given their away form and with both sides struggling for goals, this game could end in a draw!
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s analyse the 1×2 betting market.
The worst road team in the league this year is Nottingham Forest. They’ve played 11 games, have only managed one victory, and have only managed to score three goals. Despite the fact that West Ham lacks any strength, they should be able to handle this feeble opposition.
West Ham to win stands @ 1.84. They are the favourites.
According to the anticipated starting lineups for West Ham vs. Nottingham Forest, the teams’ individual strengths aren’t that different, although West Ham is significantly more experienced!
Forest to win stands @ 5.18.
The market odds of a stalemate and points shared between the two stands @ 3.76.
Total goals over/under
Let’s analyse the over/under market.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.23.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.79.
Nottingham has enjoyed some successful periods this year, but most of those successes have occurred at home. The club continues to have trouble away from home, as they rarely manage to score many goals.
West Ham’s offence is among the weakest in the league, but their defence has been strong, therefore we do not anticipate them to give up.
Expect a low scoring affair as the over/under market suggests!