Nottingham Forest vs Man United – Betting Preview
On Wednesday, the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United is scheduled to take place at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest Preview
After a 1-1 draw in the league against Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest enters this match. Jaidon Anthony, a winger for Bournemouth, scored in the first half, but Nottingham Forest’s Sam Surridge scored an equaliser late in the second half to tie the score.
Currently sitting in 13th place in the league, Nottingham Forest has won only twice in their last five league contests. Nottingham Forest did not hesitate to make additional purchases in January after effectively building a brand-new squad over the summer. The team’s most recent long-term additions are Brazilian midfielders Gustavo Scarpa and Danilo.
From Newcastle United, forward Chris Wood has signed on a temporary basis. During his time playing in the Premier League for Burnley, Wood was a productive striker who frequently exceeded the 10-goal mark each season. His acquisition will provide the attack of Nottingham Forest some high calibre and muscular presence.
Manchester United Preview
In contrast, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal defeated Manchester United 3-2 in the league.
A brace from striker Eddie Nketiah and a goal from attacker Bukayo Saka secured the win for Arsenal in a pulsating encounter. Star forward Marcus Rashford and Argentine centre-back Lisandro Martinez scored the goals for Manchester United.
Given that their recent loss to Arsenal has put an end to any lingering hopes of a title challenge, Manchester United will focus more on the EFL Cup going forward.
By no way did the defeat show that Manchester United played poorly; rather, it only showed that Arsenal performed better.
This fact will comfort Manchester United.
The improvement in form and fortune under manager Erik ten Hag’s leadership since his brief tenure at the club is greatly deserving of praise, and the fact that his team challenged perhaps the finest team in the Premier League is a significant plus.
A trophy in his rookie campaign was not anticipated, but it will undoubtedly be appreciated!
1×2 Betting Odds
The hosts also have an extra day of rest, but Manchester United challenged Arsenal at the weekend, and a strong lineup should eke out a slim first-leg advantage!
Few opponents have been able to contain Cooper’s team at the newly fortified City Ground as Nottingham Forest is gradually emerging as a serious force at this level, but a team of Man United’s calibre might be a step too far for the promoted side!
Despite playing at home, Forest are not the favourites to win this first leg @ 5.50.
Manchester United may have taken a serious damage on their title ambitions after facing a defeat at the Emirates, but they still look set for a top 4 finish! Chasing their first trophy under Ten Hag, United are favourites to win the first battle with Forest @ 1.75.
The possibility that the match ends in a stalemate, before we reach Old Trafford stands @ 4.02.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.97.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.99.
Nottingham Forest scores 1.89 goals when playing at home and Manchester United scores 1.37 goals when playing away.
There is no doubt that Forest will try their best to contain United, but given the form they are in with Marcus Rashford and co, United should be able to prevail!
Expect a close game as the under/over market predicts!