Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Nottingham Forest in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to ease to a straightforward victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night.
The Gunners will start their Carabao Cup campaign with a potentially tricky games against the Championship side at The Emirates.
Arsenal were 3-2 winners against Aston Villa in north London on Sunday after Unai Emery’s side came from behind to secure three points.
The north London side’s win was their first in the Premier League since Arsenal managed to beat Burnley in the second round of top-flight fixtures.
Nottingham Forest have been on an excellent run of nine games without a defeat, including six victories and three draws.
Their manager Sabri Lamouchi hasn’t got a lot of experience up against Premier League opposition.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Arsenal to ease past Nottingham Forest despite their excellent record in recent months.
“Nottingham Forest travel to Stoke on Friday in the Championship, so this tie is being played on Tuesday just over 48 hours after Arsenal came back to beat Villa 3-2 in the Premier League despite playing the whole of the second half with 10-men,” Owen told BetVictor.
“There will be over 8,000 Forest fans at the Emirates, but promotion is the primary objective this season for the east midlands club and they are likely to rest several of their regular starting XI.
“We know Unai Emery will also rotate his squad, but such is the strength in depth of the Gunners that I expect to see a comfortable home win.”
Arsenal haven’t won the League Cup since 1992-93.
In fact, the Gunners have only won the competition twice in their history, despite having lifted the FA Cup a record 13 times.
Emery’s side will be hoping to build some momentum with a third successive victory in all competitions.
Arsenal were 3-0 winners against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener in Germany last week.