Newcastle United host Nottingham Forest in the first game of their maiden full Premier League campaign under Eddie Howe and the club’s new ownership.
The last few weeks of the transfer window may well have proven frustrating but it’s important to remember the feeling of optimism with which last season ended. For the first time in years, there’s a connection between every facet of the club, from decision-makers, to players, to supporters.
January signings Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier are set for a whole season together. Callum Wilson is available. Nick Pope and Sven Botman have been signed. There are so many reasons to be excited.
Newly-promoted Forest do offer something of an unknown challenge after a busy summer window themselves, including the signing of Newcastle target Jesse Lingard. Backed by the emotion of making it back into the big time after 23 years, it should be quite the occasion.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The Premier League game is scheduled for 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday August 6, 2022.
St James’ Park in Newcastle will host.
Where to watch Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
TV channel and live stream: Due to the timing of the game coming during the blackout across English football, it will not be broadcast live in the UK.
Highlights, however, will be available on Match of the Day when it airs at 10.30pm BST on Saturday night.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest team news
Botman and Pope will likely be handed their Premier League debuts, although the rest of the team largely picks itself. The only real debates come between a starting role for either Sean Longstaff, Elliot Anderson or Joe Willock in Shelvey’s absence, and Miguel Almiron or Ryan Fraser on the right wing.
For Forest, Lingard and Dean Henderson (another player linked with the Newcastle) will be among a host of players making their Premier League debuts.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Certainly, Forest can cause problems and the emotion of being back in the Premier League could well count for something.
Still, if Newcastle are going to push for the top eight this season, they really need to continue the good home form from last season and beat newly-promoted teams at St James’ Park. If they pick up the level with which they ended last year, it’s hard to see Forest getting anything.
Newcastle to win 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Newcastle wins: 51
Nottingham Forest wins: 34