Jeff Stelling predicts Everton vs Nottingham Forest result for Sky Sports
Jeff Stelling has predicted the woeful away form for Everton to again be an issue at Nottingham Forest where be believes they will lose a close game.
The Toffees were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at Arsenal on Wednesday night (1 March) to put a major dampener on Sean Dyche’s revival, on top of the 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa last Saturday (25 February), and it is tipped to get worse with a third in a row at the City Ground on Sunday (5 March).
Six points from the first nine available for the Everton manager lifted hopes after Frank Lampard’s sacking but the fear is starting to rise again after back-to-back losses, and now Stelling expects there to be only one goal in it as Steve Cooper’s side record a 1-0 home win.
Forest were themselves thrashed 4-0 in London when they travelled to fellow strugglers West Ham on Saturday, but in his Super6 predictions for Sky Sports Stelling has pegged them to bounce back at home.
The outcome at the Emirates perhaps wasn’t the most unexpected but the manner of it was concerning, with Everton having put up a strong fight before letting it slip through their fingers with some sloppy marking and then a calamity from Idrissa Gana Gueye so close to half time.
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Amid an onslaught in the second 45 there was nothing of the same fight, and Dyche’s substitutions arguably made the side worse.
So there is all the more reason to want to banish that from everyone’s minds as soon as possible at Forest, even if it is an away game.
Home form will be key this season just as it was last, but that can’t mean that Everton just turn up waiting for a defeat every time they are on the road.
And while they have been improved through the middle part of the season Forest showed they can certainly be got at when they were blown away by David Moyes’ side last week.
Admittedly the former Toffees boss was able to call on January signing Danny Ings to get that going, and Everton’s complete lack of attacking arrivals in the same window has made Dyche’s task far harder.
Either way, even a point at the City Ground would be better than yet another away loss, although this certainly should be a winnable game.