Nottingham Forest vs Luton TownEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Oct 21, 2023, The City Ground
Nottingham Forest welcome Luton Town to the City Ground on Saturday in a key fixture in the bottom half of the table. Forest will be relying on their superior quality here and boosted by the return of Taiwo Awoniyi, should have the upper hand.
Nottingham Forest went into the international break off the back of a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in their previous Premier League fixture. It was a game of few clear cut openings but Morgan Gibbs-White had the best chance for Forest when his cushioned volley came back off the post in the first half.
While Nottingham Forest have had their moments, it has not been a particularly smooth campaign so far. Steve Cooper’s men have been mostly plagued by defensive problems and have only picked up two wins from eight Premier League matches.
One positive for Nottingham Forest is that they are yet to taste defeat in front of their fans this season. They have already beaten one newly promoted side at the City Ground, claiming a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United back in August.
Luton Town were beaten in their previous Premier League fixture as they fell 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur. They set out to frustrate Spurs and despite playing the second half against 10 men, could not strike the crucial blow.
It has been a difficult return to top flight football for Luton Town, who have picked up just one win in eight matches so far. Rob Edwards' men are level on points with Burnley in the bottom three and will be keen to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
While Luton Town have lost four of their last five away matches across all competitions, their only Premier League win this season has come on the road. They will take confidence from the 2-1 victory at Everton in their previous away fixture.
How the bookies view it
Nottingham Forest have the upper hand among the bookies with a home win priced at 4/6 by bet365. A victory for Luton Town is valued at 9/2 with Paddy Power while a draw is set at odds of 19/10 by Unibet.
Head to head
Nottingham Forest have a 16-11 advantage with 10 draws from 37 previous matches against Luton Town. However, Luton picked up a 1-0 victory in the most recent meeting back in April 2022.
Players to watch
Nottingham Forest will be boosted by the return of Taiwo Awoniyi, who had been sidelined with injury. The striker remains the top scorer for Forest with three goals and is priced 5/4 by BoyleSports to find the net on Saturday.
Much of Luton Town’s attacking play goes through Carlton Morris, who has three Premier League goals this season. The striker could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 7/2 with BetVictor.
Anything else catch the eye?
Nottingham Forest and Luton Town often struggle to keep things tight at the back and both teams could be backed to score at evens with 888Sport. Luton have seen over 2.5 goals in two of their three matches and a similar outcome is priced at evens with bet365 while over 3.5 goals is valued at 13/5 by Paddy Power.
Forest are priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, so a win and over 2.5 goals could be considered for more value at 17/10 with Coral.
This English Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Luton Town will be played on Oct 21, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.