Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town lineups – Awoniyi return vital for club and country

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town lineups – Awoniyi return vital for club and country
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Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town takes place on Saturday afternoon, with both sides nursing several injuries as they search for three points that would help their league course.

Both teams have played eight games but have varying fortunes. Forest has double the points as Luton Town with negative goal differences.

The Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town comes too early for Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who has a groin injury. He is the top scorer for Forest with three goals.

While Steve Cooper bemoans the several injuries in his Forest side, the coach believes his side still has enough to overcome the newly promoted Luton Town.

Can Rob Edwards marshal a win against Steve Cooper and his wards? It is not mission impossible, and anything can happen.

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Possible Lineups

Nottingham Forestg vs Luton Town Forest will miss Awoniyi
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Nottingham Forest:
Turner; Williams, Boly, Murillo, Toffolo; Sangare, Mangala, Dominguez; Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Wood

Luton Town:
Kaminski; Burke, Lockyer, Mengi; Kabore, Mpanzu, Nakamba, Barkley, Doughty; Adebayo, Morris

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Team News

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town plenty of injuries
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Several players are out of the Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town tie.

Forest bemoans the absence of Taiwo Awoniyi (groin) and Danilo (hamstring), with the Nigerian striker making surprisingly ahead in his recovery schedule.

Gonzalo Montiel has joined them on the sidelines after a muscle problem while on international duty with Argentina.

Nuno Tavares (groin), Felipe, Wayne Hennessey (both knee), Ola Aina (muscle) and Serge Aurier (groin) are also nursing injuries but are close to a return.

However, Moussa Niakhate is available for selection after serving a one-match ban, and the defender is in contention to start.

Luton has their worries. Amari'i Bell, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mads Andersen are all ruled out with hamstring injuries. Others on the sidelines are Gabriel Osho (knee), Dan Potts and Jordan Clark (both ankle).

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Predictions

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town after 0-0 draw with crystal palace
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Can Nottingham Forest cope with the absence of several key players? Against Crystal Palace, Cooper was able to wring out a 0-0 draw.

Undoubtedly, the absence of Taiwo Awoniyi is being felt by the club, and his return is vital for Cooper. Awoniyi is the club’s top scorer and creator this term with three goals and two assists.

The Forest head honcho will be eager for the return of the Nigerian striker.

Rob Edwards will count on Carlton Morris, who has three league goals to deliver the goods. Can he do damage against a fast-improving Forest defensive unit?

Edwards can draw confidence from their performance against Tottenham, where they lost 1-0.

Over 1.5

Forest has won two games, drawn and lost three this term. Curiously, the three losses have come against teams in the top ten – Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. Of the three losses, only City beat them by more than one goal – 2-0.

Forest have shown they can score and defend. Aside from the mentioned losses, they have scored in every game except against Man City and Crystal Palace.

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town is a chance for Forest to end their 4-game winless streak.

Forest to keep a clean sheet

While Forest will look to score goals, they have shown it would take something special to break their defence.

Only Arsenal, Man City and Man United have breached their defence more than once.

If their performance against Crystal Palace is anything to go by, then Luton Town would sweat to get a goal. With the return of Moussa Niakhate, Forest had enough in their arsenal to shut out Luton Town.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-0 Luton Town

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Head-to-Head

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Luton has just four points
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The Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town tie is the first time these two sides would meet in a Premier League encounter.

Forest does not have a favourable record against Luton Town. In their last nine meetings, including once in the FA Cup, Luton Town has won four times, with two draws.

Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town Head-to-Head

Date Home Score Away
Championship 15 Apr 2022 Luton Town

1 – 0

Nottm Forest
Championship 23 Nov 2021 Nottm Forest

0 – 0

Luton Town
Championship 02 Mar 2021 Nottm Forest

0 – 1

Luton Town
Championship 28 Oct 2020 Luton Town

1 – 1

Nottm Forest
Championship 19 Jan 2020 Nottm Forest

3 – 1

Luton Town
Championship 02 Nov 2019 Luton Town

1 – 2

Nottm Forest
League One 19 Apr 2008 Nottm Forest

1 – 0

Luton Town
FA Cup 11 Dec 2007 Luton Town

1 – 0

Nottm Forest
League One 27 Oct 2007 Luton Town

2 – 1

Nottm Forest

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).