Nottingham Forest-Southampton: Preview, possible lineups, prediction

Nottingham Forest will host Southampton in an important relegation battle at the City Ground on Tuesday (IST). Forest started the season strong, but have since dropped to 18th place in the league standings. Last week, they suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat against Brentford and will need to recover in the upcoming match.

Meanwhile, Southampton has had a poor season and are currently at the bottom of the table. They lost 3-1 to Newcastle United in their previous game and will look to prove themselves in the upcoming game.

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Nottingham Forest-Southampton match preview

Southampton will travel to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest in a crucial game for their Premier League survival hopes. In their recent losses, both sides gave away one-goal leads, with Nottingham Forest falling 2-1 to Brentford and Southampton losing 3-1 to Newcastle United.

Despite their defensive struggles, Forest have shown belief in their expensive squad by defeating Brighton & Hove Albion and challenging Liverpool in a 5-0 loss at Anfield. The City Ground has historically favoured the home team, with only Newcastle United and Manchester United defeating Cooper’s men in Nottinghamshire since October. A seventh home win of the season shou;d end Southampton’s chances of survival.

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In their previous match, Southampton stunned Eddie Howe’s team with a 41st-minute goal from Stuart Armstrong, leaving Newcastle United in a daze as they trailed the bottom-placed team.

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:

Navas; Felipe, Worrall, Niakhate; Aurier, Freuler, Mangala, Lodi; Gibbs-White, Lingard; Awoniyi

Southampton possible starting lineup:

McCarthy; Lyanco, Bednarek, Bella-Kotchap, Walker-Peters; Lavia, Ward-Prowse; S. Armstrong, Alcaraz, Sulemana; Adams

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Nottingham Forest-Southampton prediction

Despite showing glimpses of their potential in recent weeks, Southampton’s chances of avoiding relegation this season seem slim. Theo Walcott and Carlos Alcaraz have been effective for the team recently and will need to continue to step up in this crucial fixture.

On the other hand, Nottingham Forest have struggled in recent weeks and are in desperate need of a resurgence. The two teams appear to be evenly matched at the moment, and there is a possibility that their match could end in a draw this week.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Southampton

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Date, kick-off time, venue

The English Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Southampton will be played on Tuesday, May 9 2023 (IST), at the City Ground at 12:30 am. It will kick off at 3 pm EDT in the US.

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