Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest prediction, betting ddds, and free tips 12/08/2023

After throwing away the Premier League title at the back end of the season, Arsenal will be more determined than ever to get off to a good start when they face Nottingham Forest the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The away side, on the other hand, come into this one with renewed hope after beating the drop last season by the finest of margins. Ahead of the game, here are some free tips and predictions.

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The best Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest prediction and picks

Arsenal -2 handicap

Last season, Arsenal got off to a flying start to the season winning their first three games and scoring nine goals in the process. In front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon, we are expecting Arteta’s men to get off to another quick start and put Forest to the sword. The Emirates crowd should be in a buoyant mood after last weekend’s Community Shield victory and Arsenal should cruise to a comfortable win.

Arsenal to keep a clean sheet

Last season, Arsenal’s defensive record was split in two. When William Saliba was fit and playing, Arsenal had the best defensive record in the league. When he wasn’t, they looked far too open and weak at the back. The Frenchman is fit and raring to go and with the added protection of Declan Rice in midfield, we can’t see Nottingham Forest creating too many opportunities on Saturday afternoon, never mind scoring a goal.

Kai Havertz to score anytime

Kai Havertz is one of three new faces who are expected to start for Arsenal on Saturday and the German is likely to find himself in a more advanced position than what he may have expected when he signed for the club. Havertz was brought in to play as an advanced midfield, however, due to Gabriel Jesus’ injury the ex-Chelsea man is expected to start up front on Saturday. He may have missed a few big chances in the Community Shield, but we are backing him to get on the scoresheet this weekend.

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: The Gunners to start quick


There probably isn’t a team in the Premier League more determined to do well this season than Arsenal after last season’s capitulation. The Gunners led the Premier League for 80% of the season until the wheels came off in the Spring but they should be better for that experience. Arteta has added Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz this summer and all three will make his team better.

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have been a bit more careful in the transfer market this summer when compared to their scattergun approach last year. Steve Cooper should have a more settled eleven as a result and he will be hoping that that results in better results over the course of the season. Their star man is still Morgan Gibbs-White and if they are to pull of a shock on Saturday then he will need to be at his very best.

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest head-to-head record and form

Arsenal and Nottingham Forest have played each other on 103 occasions throughout history with Arsenal getting the better of Forest on 52 of those occasions. Nottingham Forest have won 29 encounters while there has been 22 draws.

The form of the two teams in competitive matches coming into this one is as follows.

Arsenal’s form: WLLWD

Nottingham Forest’s form: LWDWD

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest FAQs

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest prediction

Where is the match taking place? The match is taking place at the Emirates Stadium

Who are the two managers? Mikel Arteta is the Arsenal manager and Steve Cooper is the Nottingham forest manager.

What time is kick-off? The match will begin at 12:30 UK time.

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