Nottingham Forest battled gamely against Newcastle last weekend but were ultimately outclassed by the upwardly mobile Magpies going down 2-0. Forest found it difficult to create much of note, but despite conceding 23 shots on the opening day many of these were classed as difficult xg chances.
The City Ground will be buzzing for the return to top-flight football here for the first time since 1999. This year only two sides have managed to win a competitive game at this ground, Liverpool in the FA Cup and Sheffield United in the play-offs.
West Ham will also be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat finding themselves the first (and undoubtedly not the last) victims of the lethal Erling Haaland. A 2-0 loss to Man City was a fair reflection as they struggled for possession and to create chances against the defending champions.
On the road, the Hammers were reasonable last season winning seven times, drawing three and losing nine. They did end the last campaign in poor away form winning just one of their alst eight which came against Norwich.
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Nottingham Forest vs West Ham Match Stats
Seven of the last 11 Premier League fixtures involving West Ham have seen both teams scoring and this should be another. Both teams are blessed with attacking options and this should be an open entertaining game.
Jesse Lingard had a successful loan spell at West Ham a couple of seasons back and will be hungry to prove a point in this one against a side he was heavily linked with in the summer. Newcastle did a good job of keeping him quiet last weekend but the Hammers will have a hard time and he is worth siding with in the player shots on target market.
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-1 West Ham
5 January 2014 -Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham – FA Cup
21 January 2012- West Ham 2-1 Nottingham Forest – Championship
28 August 2011 – Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham – Championship
30 January 2011 – West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest – FA Cup
26 September 2004 – Nottingham Forest 2-1 West Ham – Championship
These two sides have not met since January 2014 so it is hard to read too much into their head-to-head record. For what it is worth the Hammers have won three of the last four meetings between the duo,