Kick-off: 1710, 09/01/2022
Stadium: City Ground
Arsenal had their Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool postponed this week so have had more time to prepare for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie.
The number of Covid-19 cases at Liverpool forced Thursday’s match to be called off, while Forest have also had a Covid outbreak recently and last weekend’s game against Barnsley was postponed.
Those events mean an upset looks even more unlikely and we’re backing the Gunners to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 2.50 as our opening Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal prediction.
Nottingham Forest Odds
This is the second time in five seasons that Forest have hosted Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup.
Arsene Wenger was in charge of Arsenal when they last visited the City Ground in 2018 but the Premier League giants suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat, with Eric Lichaj’s first-half brace putting Forest in control.
It was a very different story when the teams met in the League Cup in September 2019 though as Arsenal cruised to a 5-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium, with Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice.
It has been a difficult time for Forest recently, with their Championship play-off hopes rocked by back-to-back defeats against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield followed by their Covid-19 problems.
The signings of Bournemouth defender Steve Cook and Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis have boosted Steve Cooper’s options at least but Forest have a poor record against the Championship’s stronger teams this season.
In 11 matches against the current top 10 they have suffered eight defeats and managed just one win, losing all five at home by an aggregate score of 11-2.
Looking at the 2.65 for the visitors to win by more than one goal.
Mikel Arteta won the FA Cup twice as a player with Arsenal and then as manager two years ago so is no stranger to success in this competition.
With the Gunners having also reached the last four of the Carabao Cup, the Spaniard is clearly well aware of the benefits of a good cup run.
Last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Premier League leaders Manchester City was a disappointing result after taking the lead but there was a lot to like about the performance, having ended 2021 with a run of four straight wins.
Four players are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty but Arsenal have the strength in depth to cope, with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah options to come into the starting line-up if Arteta chooses to rotate his squad.
The Gunners have faced three lower-league teams in the EFL Cup this season, beating West Brom 6-0, AFC Wimbledon 3-0 and Sunderland 5-1.
For the last of our Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal betting tips, let’s go for another 3-0 win at 11.50.
FOREST 0-1 Huddersfield
ARSENAL 1-2 Man City – Bukayo Saka
Head-to-head: Arsenal 5-0 Forest, Forest 4-2 Arsenal, Forest 0-4 Arsenal
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