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Two of Boxing Day's Premier League comeback kings meet at the City Ground on Saturday evening when Nottingham Forest entertain Manchester United.

On a day when three of the five top-flight games featured dramatic second-half revivals, Chris Wood's hat-trick fired Forest to victory against Newcastle and Alejandro Garnacho's brace brought United back from the brink at home to Aston Villa.

It's hard to say which win was more important for each manager as Nuno Espirito Santo needed one to usher in a new era in Nottingham while Erik ten Hag's future in Manchester has been subject to increasing speculation.

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United Odds

Nottm Forest - 21/10 
Draw - 13/5 
Man Utd - 6/5

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United information

  • Where is Nottingham Forest v Manchester United? City Ground, Nottingham
  • When is Nottingham Forest v Manchester United? 17:30, Saturday 30th December
  • Where can I watch Manchester United v Aston Villa? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United Bet Builder

Over 11 Corners - 13/8 
Anthony Elanga to score or assist - 6/4
Gonzalo Montiel to be booked - 5/2 

Bet Builder - 17/2

Over 11 Corners – 13/8

There were a dozen corners in Forest's 3-1 win at St James' Park, albeit the visitors only won two of the 12. This game might go in a similar direction if the home side go in front and then retreat into a defensive shell to keep United at bay.

There were also 12 corners in Espirito Santo's first game in charge when Forest were beaten 3-2 by Bournemouth at the City Ground.

That was a game in which both teams had spells when they were on top and the lead changed hands — just like it did when these sides met at Old Trafford earlier this season.

United recovered from the shock of going 2-0 down inside four minutes to win 3-2 with the assistance of a disputed red card and a somewhat fortuitous penalty award.

There were a total of 14 corners in that August clash and, as the nature of neither team appears to have changed much since then, this reverse fixture could come close to emulating that figure.

Only Sheffield United and Forest have had to defend more corners than the Red Devils to this point of the season, while United trail only Arsenal and Liverpool in terms of winning them, so backing the two clubs to produce more than 11 on Saturday seems a sound idea.  

Anthony Elanga to score or assist - 6/4

Elanga is set to face the club that sold him last summer for a reported £15million fee.

Forest have got pretty decent value for money so far with the young Swede having contributed four goals and five assists in the Premier League to date, which is more than Marcus Rashford, Anthony, Rasmus Hojlund and Jadon Sancho have managed between them. 

Elanga has the pace and directness to be a pain for United's defence, which lacks pace in the centre, and can make another telling contribution at the City Ground this weekend.

Gonzalo Montiel to be booked - 5/2

Montiel looks set to start at right-back again for Forest, which will put him in the direct firing line of Rashford.

Although the England forward's performances have been underwhelming this season, there were signs against Aston Villa that he could be regaining his lost form.

United will certainly try to get the ball out to him on the left, where he could torment a player who has been a card magnet in his first few appearances for Forest.

The Argentina international has collected three bookings in just 236 minutes of Premier League football this term.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Willy Boly is available again after suspension and should retake his place alongside Murillo in central defence. There could also be changes in the full-back positions too with Harry Toffollo and Neco Williams hoping to oust Ola Aina and Montiel.

Ryan Yates looks set to return in midfield, while Callum Hudson-Odoi could find himself back on the bench after an ineffectual display in the main at St James' Park.

Manchester United Team News

Luke Shaw and Sofyan Amrabat both missed the win over Aston Villa with minor knocks and it seems unlikely either will be able to feature from the start at the City Ground, increasing the likelihood of an unchanged team.

Anthony Martial is ill while Casemiro, Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia are not expected back until January.

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Stats

United have won their last 10 matches against Forest in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and conceding just four during that span.

The hosts have not scored more than once against United at the City Ground since a famous 4-0 win back in 1990.

Chris Wood's treble at Newcastle ensured he became Forest's second hat-trick scorer in Premier League history, following on from Kevin Campbell at Coventry City in August 1996.


Nottingham Forest wins33
Manchester United wins53

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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