Aston Villa will be aiming to continue their reliable start to the new Premier League season on Sunday when they travel to Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest. The hosts will be in desperate search of a win after dropping to 16th in the standings.
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Unai Emery’s impression at Aston Villa has been unrivalled, as the club have progressed excellently under the Spaniard. When Emery took over at the club, they were languishing toward the bottom of the standings, but this weekend, they could move into the Champions League spots.
Villa’s start to the new season has been excellent after their opening day blip against Newcastle. The Midlands side come into this match in excellent recent form, as they have won four of their previous five. They are the joint-highest scorers in the Premier League, and they could move to within one point of the top of the standings with a third straight success on Sunday. Villa easily landed victory last weekend with a 3-1 home win over Luton.
It has been a testing period for Forest in recent weeks, as their form has dropped off significantly. That has seen the East Midlands side drop to 16th in the league standings, as they have won just twice in their opening ten matches. Scoring goals has been a continued issue for Forest, as they have netted just ten times in the competition this term.
They come into this fixture without a win in their previous five. However, last weekend’s defeat against Liverpool was their first loss in four matches in the Premier League. But, draws have been an issue so far this term, as they have been held on four occasions in the competition.
Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Head to Head
Villa have gone six matches without defeat against Forest, winning on four occasions over that period. Their latest win was a 2-0 success at Villa Park in April, while this exact clash last season ended in a 1-1 draw. Forest’s last win against Villa was a 2-1 success in the Championship in 2017.
Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Prediction
Aston Villa’s impressive start to the season looks like a challenging factor to overlook this weekend. We expect them to maintain their excellent recent form in the Premier League by landing a 2-0 win on the road against the Midlands rivals at the City Ground.
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