West Ham vs Nottingham Forest EPL Match Preview & Betting Tips: NFFC To Take Hammering?

Morgan Gibbs-WhiteAs they look for a steady run of form after being inconsistent of late, West Ham take on Nottingham Forest on Sunday (2pm). Can the Hammers make it two wins from two following their Europa League win on Thursday night? Or can the visitors, Notts Forest, go to the London Stadium and get another positive result following their win last time out? This preview, with its betting tips, will work it out.

Following their rather disappointing effort when losing 0-1 to Everton at home a few weeks ago, the Hammers managed to pick themselves up and dust themselves off in time to beat Arsenal in the EFL Cup, scoring three goals in the process. Such a win gave David Moyes’ men a platform from which to build, but they did not. In fact, the foundations that they laid against Arsenal quickly eroded next time out, as they lost to Brentford by three goals to two. Fortunately, they once again bounced back in rather rapid time, beating Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Moyes will now be hoping to see his side deliver back-to-back wins for the first time in eight matches.

As for the visitors, NFFC, it appeared that they were on the slide ahead of their match against Aston Villa last weekend. Steve Cooper’s men were winless in six and coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat last time out. However, the Tricky Trees did not let that stop them from delivering a fine effort against the Villans, winning by two goals to nil, picking up their first success since that huge win at Stamford Bridge back in September. They too will be looking to put together a consistent run of positive results.

WHUFC not always happy at home

On home soil, the Hammers will certainly fancy themselves to get the desired result here, but it’s fair to say that they’ve not always been at their best at home this season. As touched on in this preview above, when last in league action at the London Stadium, they delivered an underwhelming performance against Everton, losing by a goal to nil. Prior to that, they didn’t exactly put it all together when drawing 2-2 with Newcastle in front of a home crowd, while in the league, they have a win rate of just 50% when surrounded by the comforts of home.

In that last home Premier League game against Everton, they failed to make much happen in the final third, but in general, most of their problems have come at the other end of play, where Moyes’ men have found it difficult to keep things tight. They have kept a clean sheet in just one out of six at home in the Premier League this time around and have conceded only one less home goal than they have scored, which won’t exactly help to strike fear into the hearts of Sunday’s opponents.

Visitors NFFC toughing it out

Wins may be seemingly hard to come by for Nottingham Forest, but anybody who thinks that they are a team to dismiss should think again. Steve Cooper’s men are very difficult to beat, as lots of opponents have found out in recent times. Not only did they beat Aston Villa last time out, but they have now lost just one of their last five, as well as only two of their last eight. Those two defeats? Away to Manchester City and Liverpool. Outside of facing three of the current top four in the Premier League, Notts Forest have lost just one out of eight in the Premier League this season. Even that was by just a single goal away at Old Trafford.

They are by no means a team that simply sits deep and hangs on either. With the likes of Anthony Elanga and Taiwo Awoniyi, they are not short of pace and power in the forward areas, while Morgan Gibbs-White brings plenty of creativity. Such players have proved to be key in tight games, which is exactly what Sunday’s game could be.

Home teams on top

In recent times, this has very much been a fixture for the home teams. Whichever team has played at home has won each of the last four renewals, though only two of those were recent enough to be relevant.

Last season, the pair naturally faced off on two occasions. At the City Ground, it was Nottingham Forest who got the job done in front of a home crowd, winning by a goal to nil. They couldn’t back that effort up at the London Stadium, where they lost by no less than four goals to nil. Can they now do better? Or will the hosts get another big win?

Upset on the cards?

In the betting, the Hammers are naturally favourites here, though this preview is going to argue that they are currently stronger favourites than they ought to be. Sure, they come here off the back of both a win and a clean sheet at home in the Europa League on Thursday night, but let’s face it, their recent EPL form has largely been disappointing, while they’ve had much less time to prepare for this fixture. Throw in that the visitors clearly are not an easy team to beat and best odds with our top-recommended bookmakers of 10/11 on the home win simply look too short.

The visitors have tussled with some very good sides of late, beating Aston Villa and drawing against Brentford. The way in which they soaked up pressure and hit Villa on the break last weekend was very positive and such a tactic could easily hold them in good stead at the London Stadium against a West Ham team that didn’t exactly win with loads to spare against a rather poor Olympiacos side just a few days ago. So, for the betting tips for this WHU vs NFFC preview, we plump for this one:

  • Nottingham Forest Draw No Bet @ best odds of 2/1 with Betfred.