Quick Bit: The emotions will be running high at St. James’ Park where Nottingham Forest will make their return to the Premier League after 23 years in a difficult away match against an ambitious Newcastle United side eyeing a top-10 finish.
Newly promoted Nottingham Forest will making their long-awaited return to the Premier League when they travel to St. James’ Park to take on an ambitious Newcastle United side that is intent on showing it can take the next step and become a Top 10 club and challenge for European places this season.
Forest are one of England’s famous clubs with a league title (1977/78) and two European cups (1978/79, 1979/80), but those glory days felt like an even more distant past during its 23-year exile in the lower divisions.
Manager Steve Cooper is credited with inspiring Forest’s turnaround from last place in the Championship to Premier League promotion and he’s brought in a dozen new players ahead of an expected relegation battle, with ex-Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi — who scored 15 goals for Union Berlin in the Bundesliga last term — the standout names.
A new manager also righted the Newcastle ship last season, as Eddie Howe guided the Magpies to 11th place after taking over for Steve Bruce. He gave the squad a tactical structure that allowed them to be defensively solid and it’s notable that the club targeted the backline for its summer transfers by adding ex-Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, LOSC Lille’s in-demand Dutch centre-back Sven Botman, and Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett.
Newcastle are looking to keep up the historical trend of never losing to Nottingham Forest in what will be their ninth Premier League meeting. Forest did win two consecutive League Cup knockout showdowns in 2017 and 2018.
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90 mins. from kickoff: All eyes on what kind of performance this Nottingham Forest team can put together in their Premier League return.
120 mins. from kickoff: For proper historical context, here’s video proof of the last time that Nottingham Forest played in the Premier League back in 1999:
Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest lineups
Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Federico Fernandez (calf), and Jamal Lewis (calf) are out due to injury and Howe confirmed a recent return to training for Javier Manquillo (groin).
His biggest decisions involve the starter in goal (Pope or Martin Dubravka), whether newcomer Botman gets the nod over Dan Burn at centre-back, and how to manage emerging talent Elliot Anderson, who some fans want to see in action. Paraguayan attacker Miguel Almiron was on fire during preseason (six goals), but he has to carry that form into games that count.
Newcastle projected starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 22-Nick Pope (GK) — 2-Kieran Trippier, 5-Fabian Schar, 4-Sven Botman, 13-Matt Targett — 28-Joe Willock, 39-Bruno Guimaraes, 7-Joelinton — 24-Miguel Almiron, 9-Callum Wilson, 10-Allan Saint-Maximin.
Newcastle projected subs (nine from the following): 1-Martin Dubravka (GK), 17-Emil Krafth, 33-Dan Burn, 6-Jamaal Lascelles, 3-Paul Dummett, 11-Matt Ritchie, 36-Sean Longstaff, 27-Matty Longstaff, 32-Elliot Anderson, 21-Ryan Fraser, 23-Jacob Murphy, 20-Chris Wood
Ryan Yates (knee) and Omar Richards (hairline leg fracture) are confirmed to miss the match with Yates billed as “not far away” according to Cooper. It’ll be Steve Cook or newcomer Moussa Niakhate in the middle of the three-man backline, while Neco Williams and Harry Toffolo are expected to be the wing-backs.
The match likely comes too soon for Belgian Orel Mangala, the club’s most recent signing, to slot into central midfield. If he doesn’t start, Jack Colback and Lewis O’Brien would partner in the engine room.
Nottingham Forest projected starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Dean Henderson (GK) — 4-Joe Worrall, 19-Moussa Niakhate, 26-Scott McKenna — 7-Neco Williams, 8-Jack Colback, 14-Lewis O’Brien, 15-Harry Toffolo — 20-Brennan Johnson, 9-Taiwo Awoniyi, 11-Jesse Lingard
Nottingham Forest projected subs (nine from the following): 13-Wayne Hennessey (GK), 12-Jordan Smith (GK), 3-Steve Cook, 6-Loic Mbe Soh, 2-Giulian Biancone, 5-Orel Mangala, 31-Harry Arter, 18-Cafu, 17-Alex Mighten, 23-Joe Lolley, 33-Lyle Taylor, 16-Sam Surridge
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest TV channel, live stream
UK: Matches in the 3 p.m. local window are not televised in the UK. A radio broadcast is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
USA: The Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest match is exclusively streamed on NBC’s Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV in 2022/23.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport this season.
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