It has been two years and three months since Steve Cooper took charge of Nottingham Forest with the club bottom of the EFL Championship, leading them to promotion and ending a 23-year absence from the top-flight, before surviving the drop with a 16th-place finish.
They currently sit 16th in the table, four points above Luton, six above Everton and Burnley, and eight above Sheffield United.
Whilst Paul Heckingbottom became the first managerial casualty of the season this week, Cooper could be in danger of becoming the second if he doesn’t turn things around soon at Forest.
Soccer betting fanatics have begun to rely on the Tricky Trees to drop points in their Premier League picks and parlays, with Forest closing out September with a 2-0 loss to Manchester City before drawing 1-1 to Brentford and 0-0 to Crystal Palace. Chris Wood’s brace put them in the driving seat to their first win since September 2, but they managed to throw away a two-goal lead at home and draw 2-2 to Luton.
Forest bounced back from their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool by beating Aston Villa 2-0, but the following two matches would see them cough up the advantage and lose 3-2 to West Ham and Brighton.
Dwight McNeil’s late goal saw Everton pull off a 1-0 win at the City Ground, but they reached a new low on Wednesday when they allowed Fulham – a team that had scored just 16 goals in 14 matches going into the game – to treat the Craven Cottage faithful to a 5-0 shellacking.
If you’re planning to bet on English soccer this weekend, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be putting your money behind Forest continuing their dreadful away record on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest have picked up just 6 points away from home since the start of February:
-2-2 draw against Chelsea on May 13
-1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on May 28
-1-0 win against Chelsea on September 2
-0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on October 7
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Since the start of last season, Forest have won two matches away from home, drawing six and losing 19, whilst they have scored 17 goals and conceded 62.
As for Wolves, they have climbed to 13th, where they finished last season, and one of the catalysts has been their formidable record at home.
They closed out September by beating Manchester City 2-1 courtesy of Hwang Hee-chan’s winner before proceeding to take a point at home against Aston Villa and Newcastle, with the South Korean striker scoring in both. Despite trailing for 90 minutes,
Wolves escaped with a 2-1 win against Tottenham with Mario Lemina’s 97th-minute goal securing a historic win for Gary O’Neil’s side, and I’m backing them to get yet another victory against a Forest side that is teetering on the edge.
Hwang Hee-chan To Find Back of Net
Their latest home match would see Hwang open the scoring before halftime to secure a 1-0 win against Burnley; with 8 Premier League goals.
Hwang is level with Jarrod Bowen and Ollie Watkins in the Golden Boot race and behind Heung-min Son (9), Mohamed Salah (10) and Erling Haaland (14).
He is a surefire addition to your player prop bets, having previously found the back of the net in their home matches against Brighton and Liverpool earlier in the season.
Given the current Premier League betting lines, if you were to place a successful $50 bet on Hwang finding the back of the net against Forest, you’d take home a total profit of $130.
We’ll take those soccer odds any day of the week.
Since opening the season with a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Wolves have found the back of the net in every match across all competitions, and one of the biggest factors has been Hwang, who has already racked up 10 goal contributions, bettered only by Haaland (18), Salah (16), Watkins (14), Son and Bukayo Saka (11) in England’s top-flight.
After a summer that saw them lose various key players like Ruben Neves, Nathan Collins, Matheus Nunes and Joao Moutinho, Hwang is stepping up as a leader in attack, and I’m expecting him to continue his stellar goal-scoring form at Molineux on Saturday.