Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction & odds
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Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction & odds

Kick-off: 1400, 14/08/2022

Stadium: City Ground

TV: Sky Sports

West Ham had an impressive record when visiting lower-ranked Premier League teams last term and are fancied to beat promoted Nottingham Forest.

The Hammers won on the road at Newcastle, Leeds, Everton, Aston Villa, Watford, Crystal Palace and Norwich from the 10 sides in the bottom half of the table.

We’re snapping up 1.87 for United to oblige again at the City Ground for our first Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction.

Nottingham Forest Odds

Forest were forced to defend for long periods of their top-flight return at Newcastle, who prevailed 2-0 thanks to a Fabian Schar thunderbolt and Callum Wilson’s sharp finish.

The margin of victory could easily have been doubled as the Magpies posted 10 shots on target compared to none from their visitors.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson, making his competitive debut for the club after sealing a loan move from Manchester United, did well to hold out for almost an hour.

However, he was powerless to prevent both goals and manager Steve Cooper commented: “We’re disappointed we’ve lost a football match.

“But at least we’ve felt the difference of what a Premier League game is – and there is a big difference, for sure. We have to reflect on that quickly and get used to it.”

Forest invested heavily in the transfer market after gaining promotion via the play-offs but it was always going to take time to adjust following a 23-year absence from this level.

This is another tough early test and we like Nottingham Forest vs West Ham odds.

Last Forest line-up: Henderson, Worrall, Williams, Toffolo, Niakhate, McKenna, Colback, Lingard, O’Brien, Johnson, Surridge.

Forest have a doubt over Scott McKenna, who picked up an unspecified injury in training during the week. Omar Richards has a hairline fracture in his leg while Ryan Yates is suffering with a knee injury and both men will miss out.

West Ham United Odds

West Ham were also on the back foot for much of their season opener but it is easy to forgive them for a 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.

The Hammers will no doubt be the first of many teams to fall victim to the pace and power of Erling Haaland, who bagged both goals for the champions.

“It was really difficult,” said manager David Moyes. “They played really well. We found it very hard. It was really difficult tactically to deal with. We couldn’t get near them.

“From our point of view, we were resilient, we hung in there and stuck at it. Hopefully we can do better in the weeks and months to come.”

At the other end, Michail Antonio threatened with an early header and Declan Rice should have done better when shooting well over the bar from inside the box.

Losing Lukasz Fabianski to an injury was a blow and Alphonse Areola had only been on the pitch for a few minutes before bringing down Haaland for a 36th-minute penalty.

United also have several defenders in the treatment room and started the season with only one centre-half available.

They are still fancied to win here but that makes 3.7 for an away victory and both teams to score worth adding to our Nottingham Forest vs West Ham betting tips.

Forest did manage to find the net in their last 11 Championship games at this venue.

Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Fornals, Lanzini, Soucek, Rice, Antonio, Bowen.

West Ham could hand a debut to winger Maxwel Cornet, their summer signing from Burnley. Moyes will check on the fitness of Fabianski and Antonio, who also picked up a knock versus City. Defender Craig Dawson could return after a thigh injury.

Additional stats

Player statistic

    9' Yellow card Declan Rice
Taiwo Awoniyi
(Assist: Jesse Lingard)
Goal 45+2'    
Scott McKenna Yellow card 64'    
    65' Missed penalty Declan Rice
Dean Henderson Yellow card 75'    
Brennan Johnson Yellow card 90+8'    
Sam Surridge Yellow card 90+8'    

Match statistic

43
Possession
57
13
Total shots
19
6
Shots on target
5
4
Shots off target
8
3
Blocked shots
6
6
Corners
7
3
Offsides
2
10
Fouls
11

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