Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest predictions and betting tips on February 1, 2023
On February 1, Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the return semi-final match of the EFL Cup, in which Manchester United will compete with Nottingham Forest. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The club obviously considers the Premier League as its priority. There has been set a clear and understandable, but, at the same time, difficult task – to finish the season in the top 4 of the tournament and come back to the Champions League. So far, these are “the Red Devils” who look like the worthy followers of City and Arsenal there. By the way, the team played with both in the winter: it managed to win the derby, but lost to “the Gunners”, having conceded in the end of that game. A lot of strength will be necessary for a successful run there, but there is no problem when the club is eager to reach the trophy. Thus, it is not a surprise that the destiny of the struggle was tried to be decided in the first, away match – as a result, the team made a 3-0 success with the first goal of Weghorst for the new team. This time, the team can let the doubles get more experience, saving the energy of the leaders for the upcoming confrontation with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The team is also unlikely to attitude to the following match as to the matter of “life and death”. Still, not so many have believed that it would really be possible to “snatch” the title. To tell the truth, to fly out in the semi-finals is a pretty good achievement. As a result, the club should focus on the struggle for the “registration” in the Premier League. It is the first season in the elite division in almost a quarter of a century. And if in the autumn it seemed that the newcomer would be relegated to the Championship at the end of the current season, nowadays, the team looks quite viable. Steve Cooper and his staff have been able to integrate all this bunch of players, who were bought in the summer, into the real team, which brings more and more points. However, it seems that “the Foresters” have not learned to play against Manchester United yet.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The clubs have played their first head-to-head Premier League match since the 1990s just after Christmas. The result was the same as in the first semi-final – “the Mancunians” won with a 3-0 score.
Bookmakers believe that there won’t be serious changes in the return match. It is more than tempting to bet on the victory of MU with “a -1.5 goal handicap” (odd: 2.09).