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Brentford v Nottingham Forest: Predictions, team news, stats & more

Brentford need to arrest an alarming slide when they take on relegation rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, with Thomas Frank's side sitting just three points above the bottom three.

The Bees have plunged down the Premier League after five straight defeats and now find themselves below Forest, who are fresh off back-to-back league wins under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Ivan Toney’s return is big news for the hosts, but Ethan Pinnock is the name on the Bees’ teamsheet to use as a basis for a 5/1 Bet Builder.

Brentford v Nottingham Forest Odds

Brentford - 10/11
Draw - 13/5
Nottm Forest - 3/1

Brentford v Nottingham Forest Information

  • Where is Brentford v Nottm Forest? Gtech Community Stadium, London
  • When is Brentford v Nottm Forest? 17:30, Saturday 20th January
  • Where can I watch Brentford v Nottm Forest? Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League
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Brentford v Nottingham Forest Bet Builder

Ethan Pinnock Over 0.5 shots - 1/1
Over 2 goals - 17/20
Under 5 Nottm Forest Corners - 8/13

Bet Builder - 5/1

Ethan Pinnock Over 0.5 shots - 1/1

Thomas Frank’s confirmation that Ethan Pinnock will start against Nottingham Forest unsurprisingly didn’t quite make the same headline news as one of his team-mate’s returning to the first team.

But Pinnock, who missed the FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Wolves, is a welcome fixture in Frank’s back three alongside Ben Mee, who did play at Molineux after an untimely ban.

Brentford are a well-drilled unit from set-pieces where Pinnock is a threat.

The 30-year-old has only scored the one goal this season averaging 0.7 shots per game, but boasted three Premier League goals last term.

Over 2 goals - 17/20

Nuno’s reputation as a cautious manager has been blown out of the water in just five thrill-a-minute rides as boss of Forest.

The former Wolves and Forest manager has stood and watched 21 goals go in at either end in those five outings, the most recent Chris Wood’s extra-time winner at Blackpool in the FA Cup.

There have been goals at both ends in Brentford’s last five as well, cementing the idea that these are two vulnerable defences, ravaged by injury and absenteeism, who should not be trusted.

You’d fancy both of these teams to score and you would certainly expect at least three goals in what should be an open contest.

Under 5 Nottm Forest Corners - 8/13

Forest average only 35 per cent possession on their travels where they have utilised bags of pace up front to play on the counter.

A lot of those attacking gems aren’t available to Nuno, but it will be Brentford doing the lion’s share of the attacking, so Forest’s corner count probably won’t go through the roof.

They average only 3.2 corners a game on the road, so under six corners looks a safe bet as the final touch to a Bet Builder which works out at 9/2.

Brentford Team News

Ivan Toney will return from his lay-off and start according to boss Thomas Frank.

New loanee Sergio Reguilon should also come straight in as either a left wing-back or left-back depending on whether Frank goes with a 4-3-3 or 3-5-2.

Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey, Christian Norgaard, Frank Onyeka, Bryan Mbeumo, Saman Ghoddos, Yoane Wissa and Kevin Schade are out.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Forest have six away on AFCON duty - Ibrahim Sangare, Willy Boly, Serge Aurier, Moussa Niakhate, Cheikhou Kouyate and Ola Aina.

Morgan Gibbs-White is the latest big-name injury victim, joining Felipe, Taiwo Awoniyi, Divock Origi and Anthony Elanga on the sidelines.

Brentford v Nottingham Forest Stats

The Bees are on a five-match league losing run, but are unbeaten in their last five matches against Forest.

The returning Toney has scored in all three of his league games against Forest and on each of his last three appearances at the Gtech.

Brentford (10) have conceded more headed goals than any other side and only Arsenal have scored more headed goals than Forest (9).

Both teams have scored in each of the five matches in which Nuno has been in charge of Forest.

Head-to-Head

Brentford wins14
Draws11
Nottm Forest wins13

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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