Burnley vs. Nottingham Forest Prediction, Expert Pick | EPL – BetMGM

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Nottingham Forest's Taiwo Awoniyi, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023.
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Nick Hennion @nickhennion May 16, 2024, 2:01 PM
  • Burnley is a +0.5-goal underdog against Nottingham Forest.
  • These sides played to a 1-1 draw at the City Ground in the reverse fixture.
  • Why bettors should expect positive regression from Forest.

For their final home fixture in the Premier League, Burnley welcomes Nottingham Forest to Turf Moor. 

The Clarets have already received their fate and will play in England’s second tier next season. As for Forest, they’re all but safe — only a six-goal loss paired with a Luton six-goal win would see them relegated. 

The last time these sides played, Burnley did well and earned a point at the City Ground. 

Here’s a look at the EPL odds and my prediction for Sunday’s match. 

EPL Odds – Burnley vs. Nottingham Forest

  • Burnley Moneyline: +175
  • Nottingham Forest Moneyline: +135
  • Draw Moneyline: +270
  • Over/Under: 3.5 Goals (+120/-165)

Premier League Prediction – Burnley vs. Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest Moneyline (+135) | Nottingham Forest Team Total Over 1.5 (-120) | Nottingham Forest 1H Over 0.5 (-135)

Forest has experienced such bad luck this season, and I rate this as the spot where they positively regress. 

Although most of that misfortune has come on the defensive end — 66 goals against 52.7 expected — their offense should shine at Turf Moor. 

Since appointing Nuno Espirito Santo, Forest has played 11 games against teams 11th or worse in non-penalty expected goal differential per 90 minutes. 

They’ve failed to score a first half goal only once in those 11 games and have notched a first-half goal in nine straight contests. 

In terms of the team total, Forest have cleared this number in all but two of those 11 matches while creating 1.91 expected goals per 90 minutes. 

The only two teams they failed to clear 1.5 goals were at Luton Town and at Tottenham where they combined for two goals off 3.5 expected, per fbref.com. 

Given Burnley have nothing other than pride motivating them for Sunday’s match, expect continued struggles from their defense, which sits 18th in npxGA per 90 minutes. 

In terms of the Forest moneyline, there’s a sizable gap between these sides in their underlying metrics. 

For the entire season, Forest are at a -0.1 xGDiff per 90 minutes while Burnley have posted a -0.79 expected goal differential per 90 minutes. 

Plus, Forest have played eight matches against sides 11th or worse in npxGF per 90 minutes under Espirito Santo. 

They’ve won four of those matches outright and have dropped all three points only once. Sample only their previous five such matches, and bettors will find they’re 3-2-0 (W-D-L). 

Finally, the Forest moneyline matches a historically profitable system. 

Since 2012-13, favorites with a 10-game winning percentage under 39% that have scored at least two goals in two straight games are 33-16 SU. 

As a result, I’ll back the visitors to earn all three points and guarantee safety. 

Burnley Form 

May 11 at Tottenham: 1-2, L

May 4 vs. Newcastle: 1-4, L

April 27 at Manchester United: 1-1, D

April 20 at Sheffield United: 4-1, W

April 13 vs. Brighton: 1-1, D

Nottingham Forest Form

May 11 vs. Chelsea: 2-3, L

May 4 at Nottingham Forest: 3-1, W

April 28 vs. Manchester City: 0-2, L

April 21 at Everton: 0-2, L

April 13 vs. Wolves: 2-2, D

Upcoming EPL Match Schedule

HomeAwayDateTime (ET)Location
ArsenalEvertonMay. 1911:00 AMEmirates Stadium
Man CityWest Ham UnitedMay. 1911:00 AMEtihad Stadium
BrentfordNewcastle UnitedMay. 1911:00 AMGTech Community Stadium
Brighton & Hove AlbionManchester UnitedMay. 1911:00 AMAmex Stadium
BurnleyNottingham ForestMay. 1911:00 AMTurf Moor
ChelseaBournemouthMay. 1911:00 AMStamford Bridge
Crystal PalaceAston VillaMay. 1911:00 AMSelhurst Park
LiverpoolWolvesMay. 1911:00 AMAnfield
Luton TownFulhamMay. 1911:00 AMKenilworth Road
Sheffield UnitedTottenhamMay. 1911:00 AMBramall Lane

EPL Standings

TeamRecord (Wins-Draws-Losses)PointsGoal DifferentialNotes
Manchester City27-7-38860---
Arsenal FC27-5-58661---
Liverpool FC23-10-47943---
Aston Villa FC20-8-96820---
Tottenham Hotspur19-6-126310---
Chelsea FC17-9-116013---
Newcastle United17-6-145721---
Manchester United17-6-1457-3---
West Ham United14-10-1352-12---
Brighton & Hove Albion12-12-1248-4---
Crystal Palace12-10-1546-6---
Fulham FC12-8-1744-8---
Everton13-9-1540-108 Point Deduction
Nottingham Forest8-9-2029-194 Point Deduction
Luton Town6-8-2326-31---
Burnley FC5-9-2324-36---
Sheffield United3-7-2716-66---

EPL ATS Records

TeamATS RecordATS Win Pct.Home ATS RecordHome ATS Win Pct.Road ATS RecordRoad ATS Win Pct.
Aston Villa19-17-1.52712-7.6327-10-1.417
Brighton & Hove Albion15-20-2.4328-9-1.4727-11-1.395
Crystal Palace20-17.5419-9.50011-8.579
Luton Town22-14-1.60813-5.7229-9-1.500
Manchester City19-18.5148-10.44411-8.579
Manchester United17-20.4599-10.4748-10.444
Newcastle United18-19.48612-7.6326-12.333
Nottingham Forest15-20-2.4325-13-1.28910-7-1.583
Sheffield United19-18.5149-9.50010-9.526
Tottenham Hotspur18-19.4869-10.4749-9.500
West Ham United19-18.51412-7.6327-11.389
Wolverhampton Wanderers18-19.4869-10.4749-9.500

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Nick Hennion

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Nick Hennion is a senior content writer for BetMGM. His previous stops include VSiN, NBC Sports, The Action Network and Forbes Betting. He owns a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.

Nick Hennion is a senior content writer for BetMGM. His previous stops include VSiN, NBC Sports, The Action Network and Forbes Betting. He owns a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.