Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd Preview & EPL Game Betting Tips: Trappy For Tricky Trees

Brennan JohnsonNottingham Forest will look to increase their chances of survival on Sunday (4.30pm), but to do so, they will have to get a result against a Manchester United team that continues to flirt with the Premier League top four. Can the hosts make any headway? Or will the visitors pick up another routine EPL win? All will be revealed by this NFFC vs MUFC preview and betting tips.

The hosts don’t exactly come into this fixture in flying form. In fact, they have been in poor form. Last time they floundered on the road at Villa, losing by two goals to nil, while they came unstuck away at Leeds prior to that in what was something of relegation six-pointer. Returning to home soil, where they did pick up a point last time out, should lift the spirits of Steve Cooper’s men.

At the very least, The Tricky Trees do tend to be difficult to beat when surrounded by the comforts of home, where they have lost just one of their last five in all competitions.

In terms of the Premier League, it has been a relatively consistent season as far as Manchester United are concerned. They have never challenged the leaders but have rarely looked anything other than a top-four contender, performing accordingly for most of the campaign. Ahead of this fixture, they got the better of Everton last weekend, before suffering a rather disappointing draw in the Europa League on Thursday night.

It looked as if MUFC were on their way to securing a healthy lead ahead of their upcoming trip to Spain, but two late own-goals saw their advantage erode. That disappointment may have knocked their confidence ahead of this fixture, which with a European semi-final to play for, may not be their biggest priority right now.

Nottingham Forest not easy to beat

Of course, this fixture hasn’t been kind to the hosts this season. They have lost three out of three against Manchester United, which won’t exactly fill them with confidence, though their home form is general should.

Cooper’s men played well when drawing against Wolves last time out at this venue, especially from a defensive point of view, while they were far from bowled over when losing narrowly to Newcastle prior to that. What is more, they do have a habit of frustrating the big teams at home this season, drawing against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea. They also beat Tottenham at home in the League Cup and Liverpool earlier in the Premier League season, so maybe they could get something on Sunday.

Visitors a mixed bag on the road

You wouldn’t say that the visitors, Manchester United, have been terrible on the road this term, but you certainly wouldn’t say they’d done anything special, much as a record of six wins, two draws and six losses suggests. They came unstuck away at Newcastle last time out, and they offered very little in defeat, registering just one shot on target, creating only 0.46 xG. Sure, this will be seen as a much easier assignment, but they will have to do better than that.

We also saw how ineffective they can be when slumping to that defeat an Anfield a short while ago. Even when they beat Leeds on the road back in February, they hardly impressed, leaving the field with a 0.66 xG deficit.

Chasing four wins in one season

These two teams may be sick of the sight of each other by now, as this will be the fourth time that they have faced off this season following a two-legged League Cup tie back in late January/early February. In the EPL, Manchester United made light work of winning at Old Trafford, scoring three goals and conceding none, before winning both home and away in the cup too. Can they make it four wins from four against Forest this season? Or will the hosts finally get something from this fixture?

Don’t give up on the hosts in this one

Given that they have already lost three times to Manchester United, suggesting that the hosts can get something here may seem rather silly, though if we look at the whole picture, it is easy to feel that a bet supporting a positive home result may just offer a slice of value.

Let’s face it, Cooper’s team can dig their heels in at home, which is why they have only lost one of their last 11 home games in the Premier League. During that spell, they have held off better teams than Manchester United, let’s be honest. After a relatively decent showing against Wolves in their last home game, the hosts could easily cause something of a minor upset here.

It is worth remembering that the visitors are expected to be without some key players in the form of Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez. This along with the fact that they played on Thursday evening, alongside the fact that they may just prioritise the return leg in Spain, tips the balance enough to make ‘Nottingham Forest +1 goal Handicap’ worthy of support.

Back Brennan at big odds

If you are looking for something at bigger odds, then consider a punt on Brennan Johnson to score for the hosts. The Welsh attacker has been one of the shining lights for Forest this season, netting eight goals, while he has a habit of notching at home, which is where each of his last six goals have come from. Having scored three in his last three home games, it would not be a surprise if the 21-year-old popped up here and you can back him to do so at nice odds. So these are our betting tips for this NFFC vs MUFC preview:

  • Nottingham Forest +1 Handicap @ 6/5 with Bet365 or BetVictor.
  • Brennan Johnson to score anytime @ 11/4 with Bet365.