Nottingham Forest vs Aston VillaEnglish Premier League, KO: 14:00 Nov 5, 2023, City Ground
ASTON VILLA will endeavour to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches when they pay Nottingham Forest a visit on Sunday.
The fifth-placed Villains have made their best start to a season in 25 years and that has left the Villa Park faithful daring to dream of gracing next season’s Champions League.
Last time out, Unai Emery’s side earned their twelfth straight home win in the top-flight with a 3-1 win over Luton.
Villa will look to build on the growing feel-good factor around the club by banking another three points at the expense of Nottingham Forest this weekend.
After surviving their first season back in the top-flight in 23 years with a bit of room to spare, the Forest faithful may be starting to fear that their team have fallen victim to a dose of second season syndrome.
Steve Cooper’s 16th-placed side are without a Premier League win since the 2nd of September following last weekend’s 3-0 reverse away at Liverpool.
Each of Nottingham Forest’s last three Premier League home games have ended all square but the same outcome here is priced up at 14/5 (William Hill) while a Tricky Trees triumph is trading at 3/1 (PaddyPower).
Despite triumphing in just two of their five top-flight road trips this term, Aston Villa enter the City Ground 10/11 (888Sport) favourites.
Aston Villa are worthy 10/11 (888Sport) favourites here and I’m more than happy to back the visitors to prevail at that price.
As already alluded, Unai Emery’s side have hit a rich vein of form of late, claiming top honours from five of their last six league games, and drawing the other.
What’s more, high-flying Villa have scored joint Premier League-high 26 goals after 10 rounds of action, and they’re certainly capable of adding to that tally against a Nottingham Forest team without a clean sheet in four top-flight home games this term.
While the City Ground has been somewhat of a fortress since Forest returned to the Premier League last season, they have failed to beat the likes of Burnley, Brentford and Luton in their last three league games at home.
That doesn’t bode well ahead of a visit from an Aston Villa side that have triumphed in seven of their opening ten top-flight fixtures of the season.
With all that in mind, backing Aston Villa to pocket another three points on Sunday stands out at a shade under even-money.
Elsewhere, one player I’m keen to get on board with in the To Score or Assist Market is Ollie Watkins who has been priced up at 4/5 with William Hill.
The in-form Aston Villa striker has had ten direct goal involvements in as many games in Premier League this season so the 4/5 (William Hill) about repeat here is a price that definitely represents value.
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