West Ham vs Nottingham Forest – Betting Preview
On Saturday, West Ham will play Nottingham Forest in a crucial six-point game.
Despite a significant summer rebuild, David Moyes is facing mounting pressure in east London as the season has been incredibly disappointing.
While the club currently supports the Scot, it is unknown what would happen if the Hammers lost against Forest, who defeated them at the City Ground what seems like an eternity ago.
With a victory at the London Stadium, Steve Cooper’s team might aim for a top-half finish after pulling away from the relegation zone recently!
West Ham Preview
Despite being one of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the Premier League, West Ham United is actually in serious risk of being dropped to the Championship at the end of the current campaign. As a result of David Moyes’s side’s struggles throughout the season, the situation for the Hammers now appears to be extremely serious.
With 20 points from 23 games, the Hammers are currently third from the bottom in the Premier League standings. The team led by David Moyes is one point behind Bournemouth in 17th position and two points ahead of Leeds United in second to last place. Only bottom-place Southampton has two more points than West Ham does.
In the heels of a 2-0 league loss to Tottenham Hotspur away at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, West Ham United will enter the Premier League match against Nottingham Forest at London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The stalemate with Chelsea in another London derby in the Premier League and the league’s 1-1 tie with high-flying Newcastle United away from home at St. James’ Park preceded the defeat to Spurs in the London derby.
Nottingham Forest Preview
Nottingham Forest was awarded promotion to the Premier League at the conclusion of the previous campaign. It took a bit for manager Steve Cooper to get the Reds’ signings last summer—basically a complete squad.
The former European champions have progressively moved up the Premier League standings, and it now appears quite likely that they will keep their place in the top tier of English football for the upcoming season.
With 25 points from 23 games, Forest is currently as high as 13th in the Premier League table. In addition to being 10 points behind eighth-placed Liverpool, Steve Cooper’s team is up to five points above the relegation zone.
The Reds are coming off a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the City Ground in the league as they prepare for their Premier League meeting against West Ham United at London Stadium on Saturday.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s analyse the 1×2 betting market.
It might seem foolish to back West Ham given their season so far but Moyes managed to claim a big win over Everton in east London a number of weeks ago and has the quality to do the same here.
West Ham are the favourites in this @ 1.82.
Nottingham Forest have been doing well in recent weeks, and Steve Cooper’s side will fancy their chances of getting something at London Stadium this weekend. However, the Hammers do have better players and they will be playing at home.
So Forest are the underdogs in this @ 5.18.
The market odds of a draw and points shared, stands @ 3.76.
Total goals over/under
Let’s analyse the over/under market.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.23.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.79.
The sole goal scored in the reverse meeting between these two clubs was in Nottingham Forest’s favour, and we expect another goal-shy afternoon this weekend as well.
You can understand why the market forecasts under 2.5 goals at the London Stadium because each of West Ham’s past six games and each of Forest’s last four games have all concluded with under 2.5 goals being scored!