Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest Expert Pick – April 22nd, 2023
LIVERPOOL VS. NOTTINGHAM FORST EXPERT PICK – APRIL 22nd, 2023 – This Saturday Liverpool will welcome Nottingham Forest to the place where away teams go to die: Anfield.
Though neither team are in exciting places in the table, both teams have plenty on the line. Liverpool need to chain together some wins if they plan on keeping their European hopes alive, whilst Nottingham Forest is fighting to avoid Premier League relegation.
The mighty Reds of Liverpool returned to their winning ways in emphatic fashion in their last match boasting a 6-1 away win against Leeds United. Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota both netted 2 goals while Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez joined in on the fun with 1 each.
There is absolutely no doubt that this season has been poor for Liverpool, but they still remain capable of beating anyone despite their form. Liverpool have also welcomed back Luis Diaz and Thiago Alacantara to the lineup, just in time when they need all their key players firing.
Nottingham Forest are currently 18th in the Premier League standings and have found themselves on a 10 game winless streak. On February 5th, Nottingham Forest were sitting happy in 13th place after defeating Leeds United…they haven’t won a single game since.
In their last match Nottingham Forest fell at home to Manchester United 0-2 in a lackluster performance, failing to record a single shot on target. To make things worse Nottingham Forest have only won 1 game on away turf and have an abysmal -31 goal differential.
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Date: Saturday, 04/22/2023 at 10:00 AM EST
Pitch: Liverpool – Anfield, Liverpool, England
Current PL Form: | Liverpool (LLDDW) | Nottingham Forest (LDLLL) |
Last PL Match: | Leeds United 1 – 6 Liverpool | | Nottingham Forest 0 – 2 Manchester United |
Head to Head
Draft Kings Moneyline Odds: | HOME: -575 | TIE: +650 | AWAY: +1200 |
| Liverpool & Over 2.5 Goals (-185) |
Just because Liverpool beat Leeds 6-1 doesn’t necessarily mean they’re back. Just look at their fixtures following their 7-0 win over Manchester United.
However, they have welcomed many of their players back from injury and are close to a fully healthy squad. Liverpool should have enough to seal the deal at home and also put up plenty of goals. Three of the last six meetings between these two sides have produced at least four goals and Liverpool and over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Liverpool’s last 4 fixtures.
| Mohamed Salah to Score Anytime (-150) |
Mohamed Salah has not necessarily had his best season in front of goal, but he is still the team’s leading goalscorer.
In Liverpool’s last 5 Premier League games in which they’ve scored, Mohamed Salah has been one of those goalscorers.
The Egyptian is confident and in top form right now, scoring 11 goals in his last 10 outings for club and country, so you can see why I’m backing him to score on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah breaks Premier League goal record against Leeds.
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 18, 2023
Video By: Twitter (@AnfieldWatch)
- Calvin Ramsay, Stefan Bajcetic, and Naby Keita are all ruled out for Liverpool due to injury.
- Giulian Biancome, Chris Wood, Willy Boly, Cheikhou Kouyate, and Omar Richards are all ruled out for Nottingham Forest due to injury.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 league games at home against Nottingham Forest.
- Liverpool have lost only one of their last 27 home games in the Premier League.
- Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 games played at Anfield (Premier League).
- Nottingham Forest are currently on the longest active winless streak (10) in the Premier League.
- Nottingham Forest have the fewest points (6) away from home in the Premier league this season.
- Nottingham Forest have only scored 5 away goals this season in 15 away games.
Liverpool are by no means back to their best and the struggles in the midfield are still there, but they should have more than enough to see off Nottingham Forest. I
believe that Liverpool will have a lot of scoring opportunities, they will control the ball in the opposition’s half and they will exploit Nottingham Forest’s defense through their skilled front 3.
Nottingham Forest are likely going to play back, allow Liverpool possession, and set up to frustrate their opponent.
But given Nottingham Forests’ horrible record away from City Ground, I expect the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper to have a taxing afternoon between the posts. The pressure on Manager Steve Cooper is growing and this match is not likely to ease it.