Bournemouth – Nottingham Prediction and Tips for today, May 3, 2022
Football: ENGLAND: CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 33
Kick-off: 19:00 Bournemouth – Nottingham
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 1:0 LOST
Bournemouth – Nottingham Preview
- As far as the Championship goes, games simply don’t come much bigger than this. The penultimate game of the season could potentially define one of these sides’ respective campaigns as Bournemouth occupy the final automatic promotion place, but sit just three points ahead of Nottingham Forest with an almost identical goal difference to boot.
- Bournemouth seemingly hold the aces with home advantage and know that even if they lose, they could claw their way back into second on the final day if they can rack up the goals. A run of two wins from the last seven rounds hardly inspires confidence (D4, L1) but manager Scott Parker emphasised that “performance is secondary” after their 3-0 win over Blackburn last time out. Parker’s rallying cry indicates the ‘Cherries’ will dig deep for a result to extend their eight-match unbeaten home league run (W4, D4) and grab a win to secure second spot.
- Looking to end a 23-year exile from the top-flight, former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest will feel now is their time after manager Steve Cooper transformed the ‘Tricky Trees’ from relegation candidates into promotion hopefuls since his appointment. A 5-1 win over Swansea at the weekend sets up this mammoth clash on the South Coast and Forest now chase a tenth Championship win across an 11-game period (L1).
- While the size of the occasion cannot be understated, playing away from home will not faze Forest, who have won back-to-back league trips by a 1-0 scoreline, including against first-placed Fulham. Despite that victory at Craven Cottage, Forest carry the underdog tag here, though that may not faze Cooper’s side, who boast a league-high 75% unbeaten rate as pre-match betting outsiders (W7, D5, L4) amongst sides that have started at least two games as underdogs!
- Players to watch: Dominic Solanke’s opener for Bournemouth last time out was his 30th goal of the season, making this quite comfortably his most prolific campaign yet. As for Forest, Sam Surridge scored his first career hat-trick last time out, he also had a hand in their sole goal in the last two 1-0 away wins (G1, A1).
- Hot stat: Forest are unbeaten in half of their league games when conceding the opener this season (W4, D5, L9).