There are six Premier League games taking place on Saturday and the televised evening fixture comes from Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace host Nottingham Forest. We’ve previewed the big game and given you our suggested best bets for the occasion. 

Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest Betting Tips

  • Crystal Palace to win – 6/5
  • Ibrahim Sangare to be carded – 5/2

There’s not a great deal separating these two sides in the Premier League table, with Crystal Palace (6/5) just three points and three places above their visitors, Nottingham Forest (12/5).

Last week, Palace pulled off one of the shocks of the round (or is it nowadays?), beating Manchester United 1-0, ensuring Roy Hodgson’s wonderful record at the Theatre of Dreams continued – the septuagenarian remains unbeaten in his last five visits and has been the victor in the last three.

Meanwhile Forest drew at home against Brentford, meaning they are winless in three and are slowly beginning to slip down the table. Steve Cooper’s side had an impressive start to the campaign but need to arrest that slide downwards rapidly, before they are involved in another relegation scrap.

Team news

Both sides are struggling badly with injuries and Hodgson could have as many as nine players unavailable here. The worst possible news came this week, with the news that star forward Eberechi Eze could miss up to six weeks with a troubling hamstring injury.

Cooper also has several players either confirmed out or doubtful. Nicolás Domínguez, Ryan Yates and Ola Aina will all have to be assessed pre-match to see if they can line up in the match-day squad.

Crystal Palace to win – 6/5

The Eagles are extremely hard to beat at Selhurst, with only Manchester City and Arsenal victorious there in their last 13 home games.

Both of these sides have struggled for goals this season, with Palace scoring a goal a game and Forest netting just once more than that with eight.

With that in mind I expect this to be a dour game with few chances but I believe it’s a game that the South London side will win.

Without Eze or top scorer Odsonne Edouard, the creativity will be lacking but I can see Jean Mateta possibly nicking the winner.

Ibrahim Sangare to be carded – 5/2

The big Ivorian has been a towering presence in the centre of the park for the Tricky Trees, since his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.

At 6ft 3, he has the physical advantage on most opponents and he isn’t shy on putting that muscular frame about, often in an aggressive manner.

Sangare has two yellow cards in his opening three Premier League games and is averaging around seven a season over his career.

He’s directly up against Cheick Doucoure here, another African midfielder who is fond of a battle.

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