If you compare the football odds, Nottingham Forest are a strong favourite in the Premier League relegation market. However, they have suffered just one defeat in six matches before the World Cup and we can accept that they weren’t up to the challenge at Old Trafford. This clash might be altogether different.

The City Ground will be bouncing for the first home clash since the World Cup, with Cooper’s team unbeaten in five home games in all competitions. If you want to consider Forest on the Asian Handicap market with half a goal start, then it could be a decent way forward and it might even be worth chancing them to win 1-0 on the correct score market.

We can expect Graham Potter to rotate the squad, with Cesar Azpilicueta likely to deputise for Reece James in the right-back position, while we might see Conor Gallagher return to the Chelsea first-team and it could also be the case that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang operates as the centre forward.

However, Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Brighton laid bare their defensive frailties and there’s the option to even look at Nottingham Forest on the Draw No Bet market. Let’s not also forget that Dean Henderson will be back between the sticks and the Manchester United goalkeeper has produced some inspired performances at the City Ground.


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