It's games like these that Nottingham Forest need to win. Win their home games against their closest rivals and they might just survive their first Premier League season for far too many years. Lose tonight and we could already be looking at a bottom four cut adrift by a five-point margin. Results to catch up don't come easy down at the foot of the Premier League table. Expect tension under the lights at the City Ground this evening. Make sure you know how to watch a Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream online or on TV in 4K HDR.
The team news is in and Steven Gerrard hands Emi Buendía a start this evening in a three-pronged attack with Coutinho and Watkins. Steve Cooper makes five changes to his XI that were thrashed by Leicester one week ago. Harry Toffolo, Ryan Yates and Remo Freuler all make the team. There's also a full Premier League debut for Emmanuel Dennis.
The first eight games the campaign make ugly reading for Forest fans: won one, drawn one, lost six. Their 21 goals conceded make them the leakiest ever Premier League team at this stage in the season. They have faced the most shots of any team in the league this term (136), 56 of which have been on target. Steve Cooper has signed a new contract at Forest. On the face of it, one might wonder why.
For Aston Villa, today's trip up the M42 could be just the respite they need. Steven Gerrard's team look a stodgy shadow of their last season selves. They have scored just six goals in 2022/23 – the same number as Forest. Fortunately, they defend like a mid-table team, at least. A win would catapult them up there too with a leap from 16th to 9th available. Worth getting their shooting boots on, then.
Steve Copper has no new injury concerns this evening, with just Niakhate and Richards out. Steve Gerrard must decide whether or not to risk defenders Cash and Chambers who are only just back in training.
The match kicks off at 8pm BST (3pm ET) today at the City Ground in Nottingham. Follow our guide on how to watch a Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream, online and on TV, from wherever you are in the world.
USA: Watch a Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream
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Watch a Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream from anywhere using a VPN
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UK: Watch Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa in 4K HDR
Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event in HD and on Sky Sports Ultra HD in 4K HDR.
Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream in HD with a Now day pass or a monthly pass.
BT Sport customers can also enjoy the game so long as they're subscribed to the BT Sport Big Bundle which includes the Sky Sports channels as well as the BT ones. You can add it to your BT package for £40 per month.
Virgin Media customers are be able to watch Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa with a Sky Sports subscription through the Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle which covers all the Sky and BT televised games.
If you have a Virgin TiVo box and access to BT or Sky, you can watch on-the-go through Virgin's TV Anywhere app. And if that's not enough, there is Twitter's deal with Sky Sports to show goals and highlights via the Sky Football account.
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Canada: Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream
The Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream option for those in Canada is fuboTV. You can use fuboTV to watch every Premier League game – including Man City vs Man United – live on the fuboTV website or app.
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Australia: Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa live stream
If you're in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport will provide live coverage of the Premier League 2022/23 – including Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa – for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 a month.
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.
Listen to Premier League radio
Let's not forget the wireless. Both the BBC and talkSPORT have rights to broadcast live football matches, with around 260 being aired over the season.
BBC gets first dibs on matches played from 3pm on Saturdays, the prime time slot, in addition to commentary rights to broadcast radio coverage on Fridays, Mondays, and two Sunday slots.
You can listen to live commentary of selected games on BBC 5Live via the BBC Sport website or via Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin Media.
talkSPORT is the only commercial radio broadcaster with live Premier League football rights. It has the audio rights to three time slots on Saturdays, including matches played at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm, plus exclusive rights for all matches scheduled to kick-off at 12pm on Sundays.
When can you watch Match of the Day online and on iPlayer?
Match Of The Day has been shown live on TV on Saturday evening (almost) since time began, and is now joined by Match Of The Day 2 on Sundays. But what about watching Premier League highlights online?
Match Of The Day is available through BBC iPlayer, but there are a few stipulations.
The show won't be available straight after the programme finishes its live broadcast. Weekend editions of Match Of The Day will be online from midnight on Monday (in practice, the early hours of Tuesday morning), while midweek episodes will be on iPlayer from midnight the day after it's broadcast.
You can download Match Of The Day for offline viewing, but it is time-sensitive and will disappear as soon as the programme leaves iPlayer.
Match Of The Day can also be streamed live at the time of broadcast via the BBC iPlayer website.
2022/23 Premier League fixtures for October
All games are 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated
Monday 10 October
20:00 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
Friday 14 October
20:00 Brentford v Brighton
Saturday 15 October
12:30 Leicester v Crystal Palace
Fulham v AFC Bournemouth
Wolves v Nottingham Forest
17:30 Spurs v Everton
Sunday 16 October
14:00 Aston Villa v Chelsea
14:00 Leeds v Arsenal
14:00 Man Utd v Newcastle
14:00 Southampton v West Ham
16:30 Liverpool v Man City
Tuesday 18 October
19:30 Brighton v Nottingham Forest
20:15 Crystal Palace v Wolves
Wednesday 19 October
19:30 Liverpool v West Ham
19:30 Brentford v Chelsea
19:30 Newcastle v Everton
20:15 AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
20:15 Man Utd v Spurs
Thursday 20 October
19:30 Fulham v Aston Villa
20:15 Leicester v Leeds
Saturday 22 October
12:30 Nottingham Forest v Liverpool
Everton v Crystal Palace
Man City v Brighton
16:30 Chelsea v Man Utd
Sunday 23 October
14:00 Aston Villa v Brentford
14:00 Leeds v Fulham
14:00 Wolves v Leicester
14:00 Southampton v Arsenal
16:30 Spurs v Newcastle
Monday 24 October
20:00 West Ham v AFC Bournemouth
Saturday 29 October
12:30 Leicester v Man City
14:00 Liverpool v Leeds
AFC Bournemouth v Spurs
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Wolves
Brighton v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Liverpool v Leeds
Man Utd v West Ham
Newcastle v Aston Villa
17:30 Fulham v Everton
Sunday 30 October
14:00 GMT Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
16:30 GMT Man Utd v West Ham