Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 7th January 2018

Nottingham Forest entertain Arsenal at the City Ground on Sunday for an Emirates FA Cup third round tie. After the recent sacking of Mark Warburton, Gary Brazil is set to take temporary charge of Forest once again.

The Gunners head to the City Ground as the strong favourites to win and seal their passage through to the fourth round. Arsene Wenger’s side have enjoyed this competition in recent years, winning it three times in the past four seasons, and they should have too much for the struggling Championship side on Sunday.

Top Tips

Arsenal to Win 3-0 @ 11/1

Arsenal to Win to Nil @ 15/8

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Nottingham Forest Form

Warburton was shown the door after Forest’s embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to lowly Sunderland in their final game of 2017. That was the Reds’ fifth loss in seven matches. Former Preston North End and Fulham attacker Gary Brazil came in to oversee Forest’s solid 0-0 draw with Leeds United on New Year’s Day. That was a good result but the Nottingham side have won just one of their last eight.

The days of Brian Clough and European trophies seem a million miles away for Forest, who now sit 14th in the second tier. Still, can they get their season back up and running with a giant-killing in the FA Cup this weekend?

Leeds United v Nottingham Forest 1st January 2018 0-0 Draw
Nottingham Forest v Sunderland 30th December 2017 0-1 Loss
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday 26th December 2017 0-3 Loss

Arsenal Form

It’s been a frustrating last week or so for the Gunners, who have drawn their last two with no help from referees. On Wednesday night, Arsenal scored late to earn a deserved 2-2 draw with Chelsea, though. The north London outfit find themselves sixth in the Premier League table at present, a staggering 23 points behind Manchester City.

As they are so far off the pace in the hunt for the title, Arsenal could be up for another run in the FA Cup this term. The Gunners are also through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, as well as the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. Arsenal will no doubt be looking to go through to the fourth round of the FA Cup unscathed at the City Ground on Sunday.

Arsenal v Chelsea 3rd January 2018 2-2 Draw
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal 31st December 2017 1-1 Draw
Crystal Palace v Arsenal 28th December 2017 2-3 Win

Head to Head Stats

These two last met in a League Cup fixture back in September 2016, which Arsenal won 4-0. In fact, the Gunners have won four successive matches against Nottingham Forest. The duo have not squared off in a league meeting since the 1998-99 season, when the Gunners did the double over the club from Nottingham.

The last matchup between the two in the FA Cup came 25 years ago. Back then, an Ian Wright brace inspired Arsenal to a 2-0 win. It’s fair to say, the north London club have certainly had Forest’s number over the years.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal 20th September 2016 0-4 Arsenal Win
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal 16th January 1999 0-1 Arsenal Win
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest 17th August 1998 2-1 Arsenal Win

Injuries & Suspensions

The home side have no new injury problems, but Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs are still side-lined. Arsenal are set to be without defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac, who both picked up injuries last week.

Nottingham Forest

  • Chris Cohen - Midfielder out with a knee injury
  • Jack Hobbs - Side-lined with a back problem


  • Laurent Koscielny - Could miss out with an Achilles tendon injury
  • Aaron Ramsey - Out with a hamstring strain
  • Nacho Monreal - Side-lined with an ankle problem
  • Olivier Giroud - Forward missing with a hamstring issue
  • Santi Cazorla - Still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury
  • Sead Kolasinac - Recently picked up a knock to his knee

Betting Tips

Nottingham Forest have had a very strange season in the Championship so far, drawing just two of their 26 encounters. Also, only relegation-threatened Birmingham City have lost more than Forest’s 14 up until now. As for Arsenal, they have not been their usual dominant selves away from home in the Premier League this term, winning only three of their 11 matches. Wenger’s side head to Nottingham as the strong favourites, but can the hosts cause an upset on their own patch against a team prone to away day blues?

Arsenal to Win 3-0

Arsenal have an incredible record in the FA Cup over the past few years. Also, the Gunners are the record FA Cup winners with 13 triumphs to their name. We can’t see Forest causing them too many issues on Sunday, and this could to be a stroll in the park for the holders. Have a punt on the 3-0 away win, which you can get at the top price of 11/1.

Arsenal to Win to Nil

Even with injuries to several key defenders, Arsenal will be hard to break down on Sunday. The Gunners have won to nil 11 times this term, so back them to do so again (15/8) this Sunday.

Arsenal to be Winning at Half Time

Arsenal will want to be fast out of the blocks at the City Ground, and they will be expecting to be leading at the break. Put some money on the odds of 21/20 for the visitors to win the first half on Sunday.

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