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Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace

Nottingham Forest welcome Crystal Palace to the City Ground in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Cooper’s promoted outfit sit at the foot of the table but have taken five points from their last four Premier League matches and upset Tottenham with a Carabao Cup victory on Wednesday night.

Palace bowed out of the competition with a defeat on penalties to Newcastle which Patrick Vieira admitted was “difficult to accept”.

Here’s everything you need to know about the final match for each club before the upcoming World Cup.

Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace H2H Results (Last Five Games)

Nottingham Forest: 2 Wins
Crystal Palace: 1 Win
Draws: 2

Current Form (Last Five Games)

Nottingham Forest: DWLDW
Crystal Palace: WLWWL

Nottingham Forest team news

Cooper was non-committal about the fitness of Scott McKenna and Cheikhou Kouyate as the pair nurse a couple of knocks. Giulian Biancone has played 16 minutes of Premier League football this season and won’t feature again after a campaign-ending knee injury he suffered in training.

Orel Mangala is suspended after earning a pair of yellow cards against Spurs in midweek. Harry Toffolo and Moussa Niakhate are both unlikely to return from thigh injuries while Omar Richards hasn’t resumed full training yet.

Nottingham Forest Starting 11 (4-3-1-2): Henderson; Aurier, Worrall, Cook, Williams; Yates, Freuler, O’Brien; Gibbs-White; Johnson, Dennis.
Bench: Hennessey, McKenna, Awoniyi, Lingard, Kouyate, Surridge, Boly, Lodi, Colback.

Crystal Palace team news

US international Chris Richards confirmed he will miss the upcoming World Cup with a leg injury which has sidelined the fullback since September.

Odsonne Edouard has missed Palace’s last two outings with a thigh problem which may force him to miss out again this weekend. Long-term absentee James McArthur is set to continue his spell in the treatment room.

Crystal Palace Starting 11 (4-3-3): Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Olise, Doucoure, Schlupp; Ayew, Zaha, Eze.
Bench: Johnstone, Whitworth, Ward, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Mateta, Hughes, Ebiowei, Riedewald.

Forest are unbeaten in four successive home matches, a run which includes victories over Liverpool and Spurs.

Vieira’s side has acquired the same points tally as Liverpool this season but have struggled on the road of late. Palace have failed to score in four of their last five away matches across all competitions.

Forest’s unbeaten Premier League record against Palace may remain in tact in what could be a cagey affair between two teams that can hardly be called prolific.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Crystal Palace

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