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Nottingham Forest v Burnley preview: Forest target another flying start

Burnley have endured a tough start on their return to the Premier League, but are hoping to pick up their first points of the season from Monday's trip to Nottingham Forest.

Last season's runaway Championship winners have lost 3-0 to champions Manchester City, 3-1 to Aston Villa and 5-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in their first three top-flight fixtures.

However, Vincent Kompany's Clarets did beat Forest 1-0 at the City Ground in the EFL Cup second round last month and they are 9/4 to repeat that feat with a league victory on Monday.

WhatNottingham Forest v Burnley
WhereCity Ground, Nottingham
When19:45, Monday 18th September
How to watchSky Sports Premier League & Main Event
OddsNottingham Forest 6/5, Draw 5/2, Burnley 9/4

Step up in class a challenge for Clarets 

Vincent Kompany enjoyed a fabulous start to his managerial career in England, leading Burnley to the Championship title last season with a points total of 101 and only three defeats in 38 games.

The Clarets have already matched that tally of losses in 2023/24, having faced treble winners City, Europa Conference League favourites Villa, and a Spurs side who look rejuvenated under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Despite Burnley's 1-0 win at the City Ground in the EFL Cup, when substitute Zeki Amdouni scored in the 90th minute, Kompany's men can expect a tough game against 6/5 hosts Nottingham Forest.

The Tricky Trees' excellent home form kept them in the division last season.

Eight of their nine league wins came on their own patch, including victories over Liverpool, Brighton and Arsenal, while their only away victory was against bottom club Southampton.

Forest needed a late winner from striker Chris Wood to edge a 2-1 win over Sheffield United - runners-up to Burnley in the Championship last term - in their first home game of 2023/24.

However, their away displays in a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, a 3-2 loss at Manchester United and a 1-0 win at Chelsea just before the international break should have boosted confidence in the camp and they look solid favourites to claim another home victory.

Forest forwards pose serious goal threat

Nottingham Forest sold Brennan Johnson to Tottenham on deadline day, but Steve Cooper still has an exciting attacking unit, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Anthony Elanga in support of striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

The Nigerian has scored nine times in his last eight Premier League appearances and is 4/1 to be the First Goalscorer on Monday evening.

His backers in that market didn't have to wait long to celebrate in Forest's games against Sheff Utd and Man Utd this season, as he scored in the third and second minutes of those fixtures.

Awoniyi then provided the assist for the winning goal at Chelsea, coolly converted by former Manchester United winger Elanga, who faces a fitness test after picking up a minor injury on international duty with Sweden.

While Johnson, a key player in Forest's 2021/22 Championship promotion campaign, left on deadline day, there were several exciting signings, including PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi and former Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

The Belgian, who is on loan from AC Milan, scored the goal to seal Liverpool's amazing semi-final comeback against Barcelona in the 2018/19 Champions League and he is 6/1 to be the Last Goalscorer against Burnley.

Goals backers should focus on first-half fireworks

The EFL Cup tie between these clubs on 30th August was goalless until the 90th minute, but a more lively contest is expected in the Premier League.

Over 2.5 Goals is worth considering at 10/11 as it has been a winning bet in eight of Forest's last 11 home league matches, as well as this season's away defeats at Arsenal and Manchester United.

Early goals have been a feature of both Forest and Burnley's league games in 2023/24.

The Clarets fell behind in the fourth minute of their opener against Man City and conceded in the eighth and 20th minutes against Villa in their second outing of the campaign.

Last time out, striker Lyle Foster scored inside four minutes against Spurs, who equalised through Son Heung-min in the 16th minute.

Forest's first three matches featured six first-half goals, including strikes in the second, third and fourth minutes by Cooper's men.

Therefore, Over 1.5 First Half Goals is a tempting price at 7/4, while in the Time of First Goal Brackets market, it is 7/2 that a goal is scored inside the first 10 minutes.

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