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Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest will be aiming to secure their Premier League status as they face Arsenal at home after clinching a valuable point against Chelsea. A win for Forest, combined with an Everton loss to Wolves earlier in the day, would confirm their top-flight status. With seven goals scored in their last two home games, there is optimism among Steve Cooper’s men.
A victory for Forest would also mark a remarkable achievement of three consecutive home wins in the Premier League, a feat not accomplished in the same season since the winter of 1995/96. However, it won’t be an easy task as Forest’s last clean sheet at home dates back to early February. Additionally, they have struggled to score before half-time in their last eight Premier League head-to-head matches.
Meanwhile, Arsenal arrives at Trentside following a demoralizing 3-0 home defeat to Brighton, which their manager, Mikel Arteta, described as “unacceptable.” Another loss would effectively end any remote chances of Arsenal clinching their first league title in 19 years, while a draw would have a similar effect.
Despite the gloomy atmosphere surrounding Arsenal, they found some respite in their recent away victory over Newcastle, who are contenders for the UEFA Champions League spots. After a mini-drought on the road (D2, L1), the 2-0 win provided a glimmer of optimism. However, caution should be exercised when considering Arsenal’s away record after half-time, despite being the best in the Premier League (W8, D3), as they have squandered 2-0 leads in both draws.
Keep an eye on Taiwo Awoniyi for Nottingham Forest, as he has scored twice in consecutive Premier League matches and could be instrumental in their triumph. On the other hand, Martin Ødegaard of Arsenal has a knack for scoring early goals, finding the back of the net within the first 20 minutes in each of Arsenal’s previous two victories.
Both teams have much to play for in this match. Nottingham Forest will be determined to secure their Premier League status, while Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from their recent disappointing performance. Expect an intriguing battle at the City Ground.