Nottingham Forest have never lost back-to-back home league games under Steve Cooper and they will be looking to continue that run against a Bournemouth team they haven’t beaten in the last four meetings between the two sides. Forest impressed against Tottenham in their last match at the City Ground, but eventually lost out to Antonio Conte’s side after a Harry Kane brace, even after Dean Henderson became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty from the England captain in four years.
They will be looking to bounce back after a 6-0 defeat to Man City in midweek, with Erling Haaland scoring his second consecutive Premier League hat-trick. The Trees won’t be the last side to be on the wrong end of that scoreline against Pep Guardiola’s men in 2022/23.
Bournemouth drew their first game since Scott Parker’s departure in midweek against Wolves, but offered little going forward, having just five shots and two shots on target during the 90 minutes. This is their first away game since their record equalling 9-0 defeat to Anfield last weekend and they will be hoping to put that result firmly behind them.
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Nottingham Forest vs Bournemouth match stats
Neco Williams has been the perfect Djed Spence replacement for Forest, impressing both going forward and in his defending in the Premier League. The former Liverpool man has played more passes into the box (35), made more tackles (24), had more shots (11) and created more chances (9) than any of his teammates so far this season.
The RWB has made 5+ tackles in each of his last four Premier League appearances, making five vs Man City and Everton, six vs West Ham and seven against Tottenham, locking down the right-hand side.
Nottingham Forest have picked up more yellow cards than any other Premier League side during home games so far this season, picking up 10 bookings in their three games at the City Ground. Bournemouth average 11.2 fouls in the Premier League this term, which is the fifth highest in the division, with only Leeds, Villa, Man Utd and Palace averaging more.