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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37th min.: Saint-Maximin chance! The Frenchman gets the ball on that left wing and is targeting Forest captain Worrall. This time his slicing run ends in a shot on goal that Dean Henderson stops. This half has been one-way traffic.
31st min.: Chance Newcastle! Big Joelinton pushes into the attack and he rips two shots in consecutive minutes with one coming close to Forest’s left post. The Newcastle opener feels like it’s merely a matter of time. Forest are no threat.
26th min.: Some chaos in and around the Forest box that ends with a shot from Bruno Guimaraes that’s off the mark. The visitors can’t possess the ball for any meaningful stretch and the Newcastle pressure is simply incessant.
22nd min.: Dangerous from Newcastle! Miguel Almiron presses Forest newcomer Moussa Niakhate and blocks the defender’s pass, but Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson reacts and gets to the ball in the box before Almiron does. Niakhate might be having some nerves early in his debut.
15th min.: YELLOW CARD to Forest captain Joe Worrall for taking down Allan Saint-Maximin, who’s been active with his take-ons. Kieran Trippier’s shot on the ensuing set piece is off the wall. Newcastle can’t take advantage of its many set pieces thus far.
13th min.: Forest’s Jesse Lingard is positioned behind the two forwards Sam Surridge (left) and Brennan Johnson (right). Surridge has had two threatening runs in the Newcastle half in the span of a couple of minutes, but he couldn’t do anything with them.
8th min.: Newcastle try another corner-kick routine and it ends with a Dan Burn header from a tight angle. The designed set piece plays haven’t been working out for the Magpies thus far.
4th min.: MASSIVE BLOCK. A Joe Willock blast takes a deflection for Newcastle’s second corner, but nothing results from it. Had Scott McKenna not blocked that shot, it was headed on goal. Good start from the home side, as you’d expect.
1st min.: Newcastle kicks off. Teams in their traditional colors.
5 mins. from kickoff: The atmosphere at the stadium as the anticipation grows. Both sets of supporters will be feeling the nerves right about now.
60 mins. from kickoff: Lineups are in. Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi starts on the bench, as does Sven Botman for Newcastle. But Jesse Lingard (Forest), Moussa Niakhate (Forest) and Nick Pope (Newcastle) all make their debuts.
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
In the two biggest decisions facing Howe, Nick Pope gets the start over Martin Dubravka, but newcomer Sven Botman does not unseat Dan Burn, who will start in central defense. Paraguayan attacker Miguel Almiron was on fire during preseason (six goals), but he now has to carry that form into games that count.
Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Federico Fernandez (calf), and Jamal Lewis (calf) are out due to injury and Javier Manquillo (groin) only recently returned to training. Emil Krafth and Paul Dummett did not make the matchday squad.
Newcastle starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 22-Nick Pope (GK) — 2-Kieran Trippier (capt.), 5-Fabian Schar, 33-Dan Burn, 13-Matt Targett — 28-Joe Willock, 39-Bruno Guimaraes, 7-Joelinton — 24-Miguel Almiron, 9-Callum Wilson, 10-Allan Saint-Maximin.
Newcastle subs (9): 1-Martin Dubravka (GK), 4-Sven Botman, 6-Jamaal Lascelles, 11-Matt Ritchie, 36-Sean Longstaff, 32-Elliot Anderson, 21-Ryan Fraser, 23-Jacob Murphy, 20-Chris Wood
Newcomer Moussa Niakhate makes his debut at the heart of the defense, though club record signing Taiwo Awoniyi, and Belgian midfielder Orel Mangala will have to wait to make their bow off the bench. It’ll be Neco Williams and Harry Toffolo as the wing-backs.
Defender Steve Cook and forward Joe Lolley did not make the 20-man matchday squad. Ryan Yates (knee) and Omar Richards (hairline leg fracture) were already confirmed to miss the match with Yates billed as “not far away,” according to Cooper.
Nottingham Forest starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Dean Henderson (GK) — 4-Joe Worrall (capt.), 19-Moussa Niakhate, 26-Scott McKenna — 7-Neco Williams, 8-Jack Colback, 14-Lewis O’Brien, 15-Harry Toffolo — 20-Brennan Johnson, 16-Sam Surridge, 11-Jesse Lingard
Nottingham Forest subs (9): 13-Wayne Hennessey (GK), 6-Loic Mbe Soh, 2-Giulian Biancone, 5-Orel Mangala, 41-Oliver Hammond, 18-Cafu, 17-Alex Mighten, 33-Lyle Taylor, 9-Taiwo Awoniyi
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.