Two relegation rivals clash in the Premier League at the City Ground on Saturday evening, as Nottingham Forest play host to Everton.
Forest have won just one of their last nine encounters to increase the pressure on manager Steve Cooper, while Everton’s 10-point deduction has seen them slip into the relegation zone and leave them five points from safety.
Draw - 9/4
Forest are in the middle of a barren run of form that has put Cooper under considerable pressure and a positive result is needed on Saturday.
The Tricky Trees have lost three of their last four matches, but two of those were away from home and they ran Brighton close in the 3-2 loss at the City Ground last time out.
Cooper’s troops have been better in Nottingham and that defeat to the Seagulls was the first they have suffered at home in the league this term.
That shows Forest are difficult to beat on their own patch and another share of the spoils could be on the cards when Everton come to town.
The Toffees have looked better on the road and they have won three of their last four road trips in the top-flight, beating Brentford, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
However, the club’s 10-point deduction has taken the zip out of Everton and they may have to settle for a valuable point this weekend.
Anthony Elanga to score anytime - 15/4
One player who has excelled for Forest this season is Anthony Elanga, who has bagged three league goals to sit joint-second in the club’s scoring charts.
The 21-year-old Sweden international has netted in his last two games, both ending in 3-2 defeats, and he looks capable of continuing his fine form in front of goal.
With top scorer Taiwo Awoniyi on the sidelines, more responsibility will come Elanga’s way and he can prosper in this role.
Over 2.5 Nottingham Forest cards - 10/11
Forest have not been afraid to put in a challenge this season and they have racked up 34 yellow cards, only five teams have amassed more.
The Tricky Trees are averaging 2.6 yellows per game and it looks like that same pattern can continue against Everton.
In this fixture last season, Forest picked up three cautions in a game that featured eight bookings in total, so expect the hosts to get over 2.5 again.
Forest forward Taiwo Awoniyi is out for three months after undergoing groin surgery, while Felipe is still sidelined with a knee issue.
Ibrahim Sangare has returned to training after picking up an illness while on international duty, but this match comes too soon for him.
Everton are again expected to be without Amadou Onana due to a calf injury that forced him to miss the defeat to Manchester United last weekend.
Dele Alli and Andre Gomes both remain on the sidelines, but there is better news on Beto, who has returned to training.
Sean Dyche says caution will be taken with Dominic Calvert-Lewin given the congested fixture schedule, so the forward may drop to the bench.
Forest have lost just once at home in the Premier League this season and have drawn three of those encounters, sharing the spoils with Burnley, Brentford and Luton.
The Tricky Trees are unbeaten in the last three meetings against Everton, while both matches last season ended in draws (1-1 and 2-2).
Everton have taken 10 points away from home this term, with their two road defeats coming at Aston Villa and Liverpool.
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