Following their recent struggles to win in the Premier League, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are set to face off at the Vitality Stadium this Sunday.
Bournemouth settled for a 1-1 draw with West Ham United despite an early advantage, while Nottingham Forest narrowly lost 2-1 to Arsenal.
Kalvin Phillips’ mistake just three minutes into his debut for West Ham United led to a goal by Dominic Solanke, who scored his 13th Premier League goal of the season, quieting the fans in London.
But Bournemouth couldn’t secure a win as Lloyd Kelly’s foul on Mohammed Kudus after halftime allowed James Ward-Prowse to showcase his skill from the penalty spot.
Alphonse Areola’s saves prevented Bournemouth from extending their lead in the first half. This left Iraola lamenting missed chances as Bournemouth’s streak without a win reached three games, a significant drop from their previous success.
With only one point from their last three games, Bournemouth sits 12th, eight points clear of relegation and with a game in hand compared to most teams around them.
A 4-0 loss to Liverpool also ended Bournemouth’s four-game unbeaten home streak. Scoring only 11 goals at home, they share the lowest tally in the league this season with Everton and Burnley.
Nottingham Forest has shone offensively at home under Nuno Espirito Santo, scoring against teams like Bournemouth, Manchester United, and Blackpool before facing Arsenal.
Forest’s three-game winning streak against Arsenal ended as defensive mistakes allowed Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka to score. Despite a late goal from Taiwo Awoniyi, Forest couldn’t equalize and suffered another defeat, leaving them 16th, just two points above relegation.
Forest hasn’t kept a clean sheet since November and has lost every Premier League away game on a Sunday, giving Bournemouth an edge based on their previous 3-2 victory.
Bournemouth Premier League form:
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Nottingham Forest Premier League form:
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Bournemouth signed Enes Unal on loan from Getafe, but his debut is uncertain due to visa issues. Solanke will likely lead the attack, remembering his hat-trick against Forest.
Injuries keep James Hill, Tyler Adams, Max Aarons, Ryan Fredericks, and Darren Randolph out, but Dango Ouattara might return.
Forest added goalkeeper Matz Sels and could debut Giovanni Reyna and Rodrigo Ribeiro. Nuno Tavares returns, and Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate are back from the Africa Cup of Nations. Injuries and international duty affect several players, including Divock Origi and Chris Wood, paving the way for Taiwo Awoniyi’s return.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez;
Cook, Christie, Kluivert, Billing, Tavernier;
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Williams, Omobamidele, Murillo, Tavares;
Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi;
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Both teams had chances in their last games but fell short. With Bournemouth inconsistent at home and Forest making mistakes against Arsenal, a draw seems likely.