Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
23 February 2024, 07:17

In the 26the round of the Premier League, once European champions will meet amid different goals and aspirations of both teams. Aston Villa is flying high this season, receiving acclaims from fans and analysts, and is solidly grappling for the top-4. Unai Emery proved to be the right man for the job and fans are excited to see the team’s attacking build-up and pressing, hoping to bring back European midweek nights to Villa Park next season. Nottingham aims to save themselves in the Premier League for the next season but given its inconsistent game the task is not that easy as it could be, given only 4 points difference with the relegation zone. In the first round, Nottingham surprisingly won 2-0 despite the obvious game advantage of the Villans, but in this match, things can go differently.

Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest Preview 

Aston Villa Preview

Aston Villa has a difficult task to regain the home ground as an unbeatable place after losing three home matches in a row. Before that, the Villans were unbeaten for 17 matches on Villa Turf. Unai Emery still aims at getting to the Champions League next season, and given that the fourth-placed Tottenham and fifth Manchester United are in close proximity (2 points, and 5 points, respectively), the task of getting a comfortable gap is of utmost importance, especially in the light of coming clash with Spurs in the beginning of March. In the last round, Villa was confident in winning against Fulham which gave fans and players a boost of morale for the upcoming clash. Another delight comes from head to head statistics, since Villa lost to Nottingham at home only back in 1994.

Nottingham Forest Preview

After a surprising win against Manchester United at the end of December, Nottingham did not taste victory in the league for 6 consecutive rounds. That streak made the last-round win against West Ham (2-0) even more delightful for both players and fans, who now expect to give a fight to Aston Villa. Given that Nottingham is quite close to the relegation zone (4 points gap), the points are crucial to Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. However, the clouds are darkening amid the ongoing hearings which can result in points deduction, as it was with Everton. In this ambiguous situation, Nottingham arrives at Villa Park in hopes to find their chances.

Betting Tips for Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa to Win

Despite all the hardships, Aston Villa is still one of the key contenders for the Champions League spot for the next season. The difference in class and overall quality of the game is obvious, and this match can begin a new streak for Emery’s team. Given that key Villa players are in very good shape, the Villans, even not showing their best, are expected to outclass Nottingham. For this Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest prediction, Unibet gives 1.57.

Total Over 2.5 Goals

Both teams do not have problems with realisation of their moments; Aston Villa is among the highest-scoring teams in the league with 53 goals in 25 matches, while Nottingham scored 32 goals in the same amount of matches. Given the recent unstable form of both teams and amount of conceded goals in the last matches, there is a reason to expect a match with many goals scored. For this Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest tip, Unibet gives 1.58.

Ollie Watkins to Score at Any Time

Ollie Watkins arrived at Aston Villa as a prospect for becoming one of the key players of the squad. Currently, he justifies all the hopes of being the best on the field in the last matches. In the last 4 games he has scored 4 goals and it is expected that the Englishman, who already has 13 goals and 10 assists this season, will continue his streak. Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest odds for this outcome, as per Unibet, are 1.96.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.