Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Betting Preview | 7th January 2018
In our Shrewsbury vs West Ham betting preview we look at the most popular bets and tips along with team news, potential line-ups, and more for Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup match.
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Betting Preview
Stadium: City Ground
Channel: BT Sport
Arsenal start the defence of their FA Cup crown with a third round trip to a Championship team currently without a permanent manager. The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons.
Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his starting eleven from the side that drew 2-2 with Chelsea on Thursday which could see the likes of Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, David Ospina and Francis Coquelin all coming on.
It is a potential banana skin for Arsenal as they travel to a Championship side who have nothing to lose. Arsenal are unbeaten in nine games but have been conceding a lot of goals. Gary Brazil takes charge of Forest as caretaker as Warburton was sacked.
David Vaughan was fit enough to make the bench against Leeds on Monday and will be in contention here. Matt Mills remains a doubt and could join Chris Cohen, Stephen Henderson and Jack Hobbs on the sidelines.
Arsene Wenger will be without at least seven players including Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
Potential Nottingham Forest Starting XI: Smith; Traore, Mancienne, Worrall, Lichaj; Osborn, Bridcutt; McKay, Dowell, Cash; Murphy
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Ospina; Maitland Niles, Mertesacker, Chambers, Holding, Bellerin; Coquelin, Elneny; Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott
Stats & Facts
- Nottingham Forest have won just 1 of their last 14 matches against Arsenal in all competitions and lost 4-0 at the City Ground in the League Cup last season.
- Nottingham Forest have kept clean sheets in 8 of their past 12 home FA Cup games.
Nottingham Forest 9/2, Draw 10/3, Arsenal 4/7
- Forest or Draw : 11/8