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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Sun: Nottm Forest v Everton

Two sides still looking to secure their Premier League future face-off with one another on Sunday afternoon as Nottingham Forest lock horns with Everton at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest have a four-point cushion above the Premier League relegation zone, but are without a win in three matches and, if they produce many more performances like they did against West Ham at the weekend, it won’t be long before they are back in trouble.

Despite West Ham being completely out of form and their manager David Moyes coming under increasing pressure, the Hammers swept Nottingham Forest aside 4-0 thanks to a brace from Danny Ings and strikes from Declan Rice and Michail Antonio; all coming in the final 20 minutes.

Nottingham Forest must dust themselves down and go again because the Forest faithful will have no choice but to start looking over their shoulder again if they lose to another struggling side on Sunday.

It would be fair to say that Steve Cooper has not had the best of luck with injuries in recent weeks. The Forest boss has had a plethora of injuries in defence and will try and come up with a plan to deal with this at the weekend. However, with Scott McKenna, Willy Boly and Moussa Niakhate all missing, that might not be easy.

Nottingham Forest v Everton
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
AUG 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Nottingham Forest
JAN 1999 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-1 Nottingham Forest
SEP 1998 PREMIER LEAGUE Nottingham Forest 0-2 Everton
FEB 1997 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-0 Nottingham Forest
OCT 1996 PREMIER LEAGUE Nottingham Forest 0-1 Everton
FEB 1996 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-0 Nottingham Forest
SEP 1995 PREMIER LEAGUE Nottingham Forest 3-2 Everton
MAR 1995 PREMIER LEAGUE Nottingham Forest 2-1 Everton
AUG 1994 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-2 Nottingham Forest
MAR 1993 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Everton got off to a flying start under Sean Dyche, beating Arsenal 1-0, but have since been brought back down to the earth with the scale of the task Dyche has on his hands brought into sharp focus.

The Toffees have lost four of their last six matches. The most recent of those defeats was a 4-0 thrashing against Arsenal in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

Dyche’s side held on for a while, but Arsenal’s quality ended up being too much for them with a brace from Gabriel Martinelli as well as strikes from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard condemning Everton to a defeat that leaves them in the bottom-three.

Everton’s proud and long top-flight status is at serious risk (even money with starsports.bet for relegation) unless they can start picking up results – and fast – and this game against Forest, considering their form and position in the league, feels like something close to a must-win for them.

However, the City Ground can be a tough place to go to and I don’t see much separating these sides on the day. I am backing a draw at 2/1 with starsports.bet.

JOE CITRONE


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