Date and Time: 9th January 2022 @10:40 PM IST
Venue: City Ground
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, where to watch?
India: Sony Sports Network
Nottingham vs Arsenal Team News:
At this point, it is unknown which Forest players have tested positive for COVID-19 and if they will be able to return to the field at the weekend, but the match is scheduled to go place as planned. One representative for the Africa Cup of Nations from the hosts’ side will be Mohamed Drager, while Jordi Osei-Tutu has returned to his home club Arsenal after the conclusion of his loan tenure with the club.
Among the injury worries for the hosts are Alex Mighten, Max Lowe, Loic Mbe Soh, Joe Lolley, and Richie Laryea. The hosts may choose to start new acquisitions Kein Davis and Steve Cook in place of the injured Alex Mighten, Max Lowe, and Loic Mbe Soh.
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, and exiled former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all abroad at the African Nations Championship, with the latter having tested positive for coronavirus for the second time. However, Gabriel will serve his suspension here, while the trio of Caleb Chambers and Eddie Nketiah are both questionable due to COVID-19. Sead Kolasinac has been seen back in training as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury.
It is almost inevitable that Arteta will make changes to his starting lineup after Charlie Patino scored on his debut against Sunderland last month. Arteta will have a difficult decision to make about whether or not to play the 18-year-old.
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, Probable Playing XI:
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Horvath; Spence, Steve Cook, Worrall, Bong; Garner, Cafu; Zinckernagel, Joao Carvalho, Brennan Johnson; Davis
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Lokonga; Bukayo Saka, Charlie Patino, Emile Smith Rowe; Gabriel Martinelli
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: Nottingham Forest win (8.50)
Arsenal win (1.33)
The One-Liner Explainer:
The kind of XI Nottingham Forest will field in their COVID-19 cluster is still up in the air, but Arsenal’s youthful guns should have little trouble stamping their dominance on the City Ground on Saturday. Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal should favour the away side, though the hosts will try to fight. When playing on their home grounds, Cooper’s side has shown themselves difficult opponents, but Arsenal appear to step up a notch in the FA Cup, and we anticipate them to return to winning ways in convincing form.