Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace Prediction: Crucial clash at City Ground

 | March 29 | 

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The Premier League returns following the March international break, and Nottingham Forest welcome Crystal Palace to the City Ground in a potential relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon (15:00).

Forest went into the international break above the relegation zone and ended it in the bottom three following a points deduction, while the visitors have only won once in their last five outings. Below is our Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace prediction alongside all the latest team news and match odds for this Premier League encounter.

Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace Prediction

  • Under 2.5 goals @ 8/11
  • Eberechi Eze to score anytime @ 2/1

Team News

Nottingham Forest will likely be without Ola Aina for Saturday’s clash, while Nuno Tavares, Taiwo Awoniyi and Chris Wood are also doubts.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, are missing Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding and Marc Guehi, and this encounter looks like it will come too soon for Jeffrey Schlupp, Michael Olise and Sam Johnstone, who all remain on the treatment table.

Match Odds

The hosts are 5/4 - or a 44.4% chance - to pick up a crucial three points in front of their own fans on Saturday, while Palace are 9/4, implying they have a 30.8% chance of securing a much-needed victory away from home.

The last two meetings between the sides have resulted in a draw, which can be backed at 23/10while both teams to score is priced up at 4/5.

A repeat of the 0-0 stalemate the teams played out earlier in the season at Selhurst Park is 17/2, and and if you think this game could be a goal-fest, over 3.5 goals is available to back at 11/4.

Under 2.5 goals @ 8/11

I'm anticipating a low-scoring affair when these two sides meet at the weekend.

Forest have only scored once in their last four outings across all competitions, against Manchester United, Liverpool, Brighton and Luton.

Palace have also struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, kicking off the Oliver Glasner era with a resounding 3-0 victory over Burnley, though they followed that up with a defeat at Tottenham and a disappointing draw at home with Luton.

There's every chance the floodgates could open at both ends, but given the ramifications, I can see a both managers being satisfied with a draw, and approaching the game with caution.

Eberechi Eze to score anytime @ 2/1

Eberechi Eze returned from injury to score for Palace in the 3-1 defeat to Spurs, and he almost scored a spectacular goal against Luton.

There's no doubt that the England international is one of Palace's key players, along with Michael Olise, and he's scored four in his last five appearances for the Eagles.

I think 2/1 is a cracking price for him to score anytime considering the form he's in, and he's facing a Forest defence that have conceded in each of their last five games.

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