Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by the Community Shield triumph over Man City, Arsenal will look to get off to a flying start to the season when they face Nottingham Forest in Saturday’s matinee. The Gunners are eager to win their first Premier League trophy since 2004 and new signings Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber are surely capable of elevating the team's performance to new heights. Keep in mind, though, that the likes of Folarin Balogun, Jorginho, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Mohamed Elneny miss out with injuries.
The Reds, on the other hand, are determined to secure yet another EPL survival, but they face an uphill task in the season opener. In their last meeting at Emirates Stadium Arsenal crushed Forest 5-0 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. The visitors will be without Moussa Niakhate, Felipe Monteiro, and Wayne Hennessey in Saturday’s clash, while important attacker Taiwo Awoniyi is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Partey):
After starting his youth career at Odometah, Thomas Partey was spotted by Atletico Madrid scouts in 2011 and he soon joined the Estadio Vicente Calderon outfit. The defensive midfielder, who born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana on 13 June, 1993, played 33 league games for Atletico Madrid B, while making 14 league appearances for the first team.
After ending his loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria, Thomas Partey returned to Atletico Madrid in 2015 and he made his debut for Diego Simeone’s team in a 1-0 win over Espanyol. The Ghanaian footballer played in the 2015/2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid, coming as a substitute in the 116th minute of the game.
Thomas Partey made his Ghana debut in a 2-0 win over Mauritius in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. His main position is defensive midfield, but the Atletico Madrid man is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Partey scored two goals for los Rojiblancos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.