Prematch: Nottingham Forest vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Roberto De Zerbi stated after their FA Cup defeat: ”Our objective is the Europa League

Published: April 24, 2023 14:39


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26 Apr 20:30

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After suffering defeat in Saturday’s five-goal thriller against Liverpool, Nottingham Forest face Brighton and Hove Albion hoping to end a four-game losing streak on Wednesday, April 26 at 19:30 (GMT+1). Kick off is set for City Ground.

Nottingham Forest Come Up Short in Five-Goal Thriller Against Liverpool Despite Best Efforts

Nottingham Forest narrowly lost Saturday’s five-goal encounter against Liverpool 3-2 despite its best efforts, coming back twice when Neco Williams (51′) and Morgan Gibbs-White (67′) scored for Nottingham at Anfield. Despite these successes, however, Nottingham fell just short. But Mohamed Salah (70′) struck to seal victory after two goals by Diogo Jota (47′ and 55′) – his second spectacular one! – failed to bring down the Tricky Trees. Saturday’s loss has seen them slide from 18th to 19th place on the table with 27 points after 6 wins, 9 draws and 17 defeats. Forest are looking to end their four-game losing streak and make up lost ground in their pursuit of Premier League survival. “We need to turn up on Wednesday,” stated Steve Cooper following the defeat to Liverpool. Forest have only won one of their past seven Premier League home games against Brighton [1W, 4D, 2L]. Now Forest hope to secure their first home win since a 3-0 triumph back in March 2017 at home against them. On Wednesday against Brighton, Steve Cooper should set up his side in a 3–4-2–1 formation featuring Taiwo Awoniyi as their central striker. Unfortunately, Chris Wood is out due to leg injury while Forest could be without as many as six players, including Serge Aurier; Willy Boly and Dean Henderson could potentially make their comebacks however.

Brighton & Hove Albion Miss Out On FA Cup Semi-Final After Solly March Penalty Miss, Aim for Europa League Qualification

Brighton & Hove Albion were defeated 7-6 on penalties by Manchester United during this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final, due to Solly March missing his penalty attempt and leaving them unable to make further attempts in competition. Roberto De Zerbi expressed his displeasure over a scoreless draw with Red Devils which resulted in a lengthy penalty shootout, assuring them of his disappointment over just their results. Brighton currently stands in eighth position with 49 points from 14W, 7D & 8L – they’re hoping for back-to-back victories in WDWLW to secure top eight status. Brighton have found success winning midweek Premier League matches played either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this year and could start their domestic campaign off on an impressive note. De Zerbi earlier stated: “Our focus now must be on Nottingham game; but our main target remains Europa League competition – and that will require hard work to achieve this target. On Wednesday against Forest, Italian could choose a 4-2-2–3–1 formation featuring Danny Welbeck up top.”

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