Nottingham Forest vs Wolves Prediction: Wolves’ winless woes to continue against old boss Nuno

 | 12th April | 

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Nottingham Forest have six more games in which to secure their Premier League status, the first of which comes this Saturday (KO, 15:00) with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to the City Ground.

Below you can find our Nottingham Forest vs Wolves prediction and read all the latest team news and match odds as Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo looks to get one over his old side.

Nottingham Forest vs Wolves Betting Tips

  • Nottingham Forest to win @ 23/20
  • #PickYourPunt - Chris Wood to score anytime & Joao Gomes to be carded @ 7/2

Forest are still waiting to discover the outcome of their appeal against a four-point deduction which currently has them 17th, one place above the relegation zone but level on points with Luton Town. Everton were docked a further two points earlier this week but remain two points ahead of the East Midlands club.

Wolves, meanwhile, are still smarting after their controversial 2-1 defeat to West Ham United last weekend. Head coach Gary O'Neil was charged by the FA on Thursday for allegedly using improper and/or threatening behaviour after that loss, and he will be desperate to channel that energy in the right way on Saturday.

Team News

Forest are still without injured duo Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly, while there are doubts over Nuno Tavares and Morgan Gibbs-White. The latter was substituted midway through the second half at Spurs last Sunday and was seen applying an ice pack to his leg as he sat on the bench.

Rayan Ait-Nouri has been one of Wolves' brightest players recently but the Algerian wing-back was forced from the action against West Ham and is a doubt with a calf injury for Saturday.

The 22-year-old is set to join Pedro Neto and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde on the sidelines but O'Neil is hoping for good news over South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan, who has missed the last six games with a thigh problem.

Match Odds

Forest have been made favourites for Saturday with odds of 23/20 giving them an implied win probability of 46.5%, while Wolves are 11/5 - or a 31.3% chance - to claim victory for the first time since March 9.

The last three meetings between these sides have ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time - it's 13/5 for the same result this weekend, and 6/1 for the 1-1 scoreline to land again.

Nottingham Forest to win @ 23/20

Who knows how many points will be required to stay up this season, but one thing's for sure - a home match with mid-table Wolves represents one of Forest's most winnable remaining fixtures.

O'Neil's side are well clear of relegation but injuries have hindered any late-season hopes of crashing the the European places. As such, all that remains is a battle to finish in the top half.

Forest's motivation to win on Saturday is much greater, and considering they are at home, where they have beaten Fulham and West Ham in their last four games - drawing to Crystal Palace and only losing to Liverpool in the others - they should be confident of beating a a Wolves side who have lost four of their last six games in all competitions, and failed to win away since February 17.

#PickYourPunt - Chris Wood to score anytime & Joao Gomes to be carded @ 7/2

Not many Forest players will come out of the 2023/24 campaign with their reputation enhanced, but Chris Wood is certainly one. A consistent 10 goal-a-season Premier League striker at Burnley, the New Zealand international appeared to lose his way at Newcastle United, scoring just four times in 34 appearances for the Magpies.

Wood didn't exactly hit the ground running for Forest when he joined in January 2023, netting just once in his first seven games, but he's rolled back the years this season.

Despite a few niggling injuries, the 32-year-old has scored 12 goals in 25 Premier League outings, including one in each of his last four matches. In three of those, Wood was Forest's only scorer, highlighting his importance to the side.

He now faces a club he has had considerable personal success against; in 10 Premier League appearances against Wolves, Wood has scored six times - only against West Ham (seven) has he scored more against in the competition.

We can get the odds up to 7/2 by combining a Wood anytime goal with a card to be shown to Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes.

The Brazilian has been one of his side's most impressive performers this season, earning a call-up to the Brazil national team for their friendly with England at Wembley last month.

His energy and aggression has been vital for Wolves in the middle of the field, but it has led to him making 49 fouls in the Premier League - only Chelsea's Conor Gallagher (64) and Tottenham Hotspur's Destiny Udogie (51) have made more in the competition.

Gomes' eagerness has also earned him eight yellow cards in the competition (and a red in the FA Cup), with two of them arriving in the last two games against Burnley and West Ham.

Any player earning 10 bookings from their club's first 32 Premier League matches has to serve a two-match ban, but Saturday's fixture will be Wolves' 32nd in the competition, so Gomes is free to play his normal game for the rest of the campaign, even if he is booked against Forest.

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