Fans of Nottingham Forest will see their team take part in a Premier League match for the first time in 23 years when the newly promoted side head to the northeast to take on Newcastle at St James’ Park. The Reds earned promotion by way of the playoff in last season’s Championship campaign, finishing fourth in the league table before besting Huddersfield Town in the final. They face off against one of the most intriguing Premier League sides in Newcastle, who much is expected of given the 2021 takeover by the PIF of Saudi Arabia. The Magpies have been in good form since the appointment of English manager Eddie Howe in November of 2021. The 44-year-old led the famous club to a comfortable 11th-place after taking over with the team sitting in the relegation zone. Newcastle had a productive preseason, taking on a number of Europe’s big name clubs, and closed out their campaign with back-to-back wins over Atalanta and Athletic Club.
Manager Steve Cooper has worked wonders at Nottingham Forest since taking over in September of 2021 and has averaged 2.04 points per match in his 45 games in charge. The Reds spent big in the offseason as they look to avoid dropping straight back down to the Championship. Cooper has overseen 11 new faces come into his team, which includes a number of high-profile Bundesliga signings such as striker Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin for a club record fee. Newcastle has also made their share of dealings in the transfer market with the most notable additions being: Sven Botman from Lille, Nick Pope from Burnley and Matt Targett from Aston Villa. The Magpies likely aren’t finished yet as they continue to pursue a number of players such as James Maddison, Maxwell Cornet and Ismaila Sarr. Expectations of a Europa Conference League spot or even a Europa League entry through the league will likely be the expectations for this new look Newcastle team heading into the new season.