Nottingham Forest and Burnley are set to face off at the City Ground on Monday night, capping off this Premier League weekend.
Last season, Nottingham Forest barely escaped relegation and are keen to dodge the so-called ‘second season syndrome’ this time around. Early indicators are favorable for Steve Cooper’s team, especially after their noteworthy 1-0 victory over Chelsea just before the international break. With that, Forest have bagged six points in the first four games, and they’re quite optimistic about increasing that count when hosting Burnley.
Burnley, on the other hand, hasn’t had the best start after their return to the Premier League. They’ve suffered three losses, with the latest being a 5-2 defeat to Tottenham. Currently, Vincent Kompany’s team finds themselves at the bottom of the league table, making them all the more eager to score points in West Bridgford.
Nottingham Forest, staying undefeated in 15 out of their 20 home games since their promotion, are the favorites at 21/20.
On the flip side, Burnley’s odds are 12/5 (Bet 365) to secure their inaugural win of the season.
While many might back Steve Cooper’s team given their performance, my focus is elsewhere. I’m eyeing Nottingham Forest’s in-form player, Taiwo Awoniyi, in the ‘To Score Or Assist’ market, with odds of 7/5.
Awoniyi, the dynamic Nigerian forward, has had an exceptional start, scoring in the first three matches for Forest, with goals against big names like Arsenal and Manchester United. It’s also worth noting he set up Anthony Elanga’s lone goal in the recent win against Chelsea. Given his recent form, there’s a good chance he could either score or assist against a struggling Burnley.