Nottingham Forest is gearing up for an exciting clash at The City Ground against AFC Bournemouth in Round 18 of the Premier League.
The journey for Nottingham Forest in this Premier League season has been a rollercoaster, with only three victories in 17 matches. They currently hold the 17th spot on the league table. In their recent face-off with Tottenham Hotspur, Forest showed promise by creating some excellent opportunities in the first half. Unfortunately, they couldn't convert them into goals before conceding in stoppage time, resulting in a defeat.
On the other hand, Bournemouth has also faced its share of challenges in the Premier League, securing just five wins out of 16 matches. In their latest Premier League showdown against Manchester United, Bournemouth pulled off a crucial victory, earning them three valuable points. This win has undoubtedly boosted their confidence and added to their overall points tally.
Solanke has been a standout player for Bournemouth, accounting for an impressive 21% of their shots on target in the Premier League, making him the most probable candidate to score.
The betting tip is...
Solanke to score a goal
Taiwo Awoniyi is currently sidelined due to injuries, and there's some uncertainty regarding Serge Aurier's availability.
The team is heavily dependent on the attacking skills of Elanga and Boly. What makes them stand out is their remarkable accuracy in shooting. Elanga boasts an impressive 22% success rate, showcasing his ability to find the target consistently. Meanwhile, Boly is not far behind, with a commendable 10% success rate.
These statistics highlight their effectiveness and precision in front of the goal, adding a crucial dimension to the team's offensive strategy.
Danilo has been in fine form lately and might start for Forest.
Predicted Lineup: Turner, Niakhaté, Murillo, Boly, Toffolo, Yates, Williams, Mangala, Kouyate/Danilo, Elanga, Gibbs-White
Tyler Adams, Lloyd Kelly, Darren Randolph, and Emiliano Marcondes are currently nursing injuries, while Hamed Traorè is in doubt for the upcoming match.
The team relies significantly on the attacking prowess of D Solanke and M Tavernier. It's worth highlighting their impressive offensive contributions, with Solanke boasting a combined total of 10 goals and assists, and Tavernier not far behind with 5 goals and assists combined. These players play a crucial role in the team's attacking strategy.
Philip Billing might start for Bournemouth.
Predicted Lineup: Neto, Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez, Christie, Cook, Semenyo/Philip Billing, Kluivert, Tavernier, Solanke.
In the last five clashes with Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth has asserted its dominance with three victories. The attacking duo of Solanke and Semenyo poses a formidable threat, capable of outclassing any opponent. Solanke, particularly, stands out with a noteworthy 21% shot-on-target rate, making him the primary danger for Nottingham Forest.
However, Nottingham Forest, on their best days, can be a formidable force. Elanga, contributing to a total of 6 goals and assists combined, presents a significant challenge for Bournemouth.
Despite this, it's undeniable that Bournemouth, boasting an average possession of 43.45%, possesses a superior squad filled with remarkable talent and tactical expertise. This makes them the clear favorites to emerge victorious in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.