In an important clash, Everton journeys to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, looking to secure their first Premier League win after being penalized with a 10-point deduction.
Everton faces an uphill battle following their recent defeat against Manchester United, exacerbated by Luton Town and Bournemouth’s victories, leaving the Toffees five points adrift from safety.
Despite showing promise, Everton’s inability to convert opportunities into goals has been a persistent issue, reflecting in their disappointing results.
The team is grappling with a significant discrepancy between their expected goals (xG) and actual goal tally, an aspect that needs immediate attention.
Manager Sean Dyche has admirably steered Everton through a turbulent period, showcasing resilience despite their points deduction.
The Toffees, excluding the penalty, have showcased an impressive run of six victories in their last ten matches.
In contrast, Nottingham Forest, under Steve Cooper, faces mounting pressure following a series of underwhelming performances, managing just one win in their last nine fixtures.
Defensive lapses and an inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities have plagued Forest’s recent outings.
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Nottingham Forest suffers a setback with Taiwo Awoniyi’s absence due to groin surgery, sidelining him for several months.
Cooper might opt for Anthony Elanga upfront, considering Chris Wood’s underwhelming display against Brighton.
Forest awaits the return of Ibrahim Sangare, who is recuperating from severe illness, while Felipe’s comeback is anticipated soon after overcoming injury setbacks.
Everton anticipates Seamus Coleman’s return after his extended absence.
However, Ashley Young’s inconsistent form, coupled with Nathan Patterson’s shaky performances, might pave the way for Coleman’s swift return to the starting lineup.
Dyche faces challenges with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s potential absence due to a recent injury, limiting Everton’s attacking options.
Arnaut Danjuma and Youssef Chermiti haven’t demonstrated readiness for first-team action, adding to Dyche’s selection woes.
Aina, Niakhate, Murillo, Toffolo;
Mangala, Danilo, Dominguez;
Gibbs-White, Elanga, Hudson-Odoi
Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko;
Harrison, Gueye, Garner, Doucoure, McNeil;
While Nottingham Forest is dealing with defensive vulnerabilities and the absence of their key striker, Everton has demonstrated resilience despite the points deduction.
Everton’s impressive away form and the uncertainty surrounding Forest’s defensive stability might tilt the balance in favor of the visitors.
- Our Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Everton
Forest’s struggle to shore up their defense could play into Everton’s hands, allowing the Toffees to capitalize on their away form and secure a narrow victory in what promises to be a closely contested encounter.