Nottingham Forest v Southampton – Monday 8th MayIt’s a huge game at the foot of the table and with Southampton adrift, it will take a miracle for them to survive, even with a win over Nottingham Forest. Southampton are winless in 10 games and will be hoping to give their fans something to cheer about.
For Nottingham Forest, you couldn’t wish for a better game to play at home with a chance of moving out of the relegation zone and giving themselves a massive chance of avoiding relegation. Steve Cooper’s men have performed well at home in comparison to their away form and it will be their home form that can help them stay up.
Nottingham Forest will take huge confidence from their 3-1 win last midweek over Brighton and if they perform anywhere as good as that game, they can take all 3 points and put big pressure on their relegation rivals.
The home support will be massive for Nottingham Forest and under the lights at The City Ground, they will need their key players to shine. Johnson and Gibbs-White are having a good season and if they can be clinical in front of goal, this could be a massive 3 points for the home side.
With Nottingham Forest going away to Chelsea next, then a home game v Arsenal, this is a massive game for them and if you would have asked Steve Cooper at the start of the season, if he would have taken this position at the start of the season, then I am sure he would.
Should Nottingham Forest beat Southampton they move on to 33 points which could mean they only need 1 more point to stay in the Premier League, given their relegation rivals also have a tough run into the end of the season and it’s more than likely the regelation places will go down to the final kick of the season, just the way it did last year.
Southampton caught Arsenal on an off day a couple of weeks to draw 3-3 and outside of that performance, a creditable 3-3 home draw to fellow London outfit Spurs are the only bright lights for the Saints in recent months
|Nottingham Forest||11/10 Paddy Power|
|Draw||5/2 William Hill|
This game is all about Nottingham Forest and how much they want it. With Southampton adrift at the foot of the table and coming into this with nothing to lose, the pressure is on the home side to repeat the performance they showed against Brighton last week.
Nottingham Forest will need to be on their ‘A’ game against Southampton and start the game on the front foot, which is so important as Southampton will be looking to pounce should they get the chance.
Out Punters.pub pick for this match is 11/10 with PaddyPower for Nottingham Forest to pick up all 3 points and secure a monumental win over Southampton and give them a big chance of surviving in the Premier League.