Last season was a rollercoaster ride for the Magpies, who were on the verge of relegation after Steve Bruce left the club following the Saudi Arabia-backed £305 million takeover.
But a nine-game unbeaten streak after Christmas that saw them finish 11th was nothing short of a ‘miracle,’ as supporters now expect Eddie Howe’s side to finish in the top 10 of the league standings.
And Howe appears to have done well in the transfer market, with the widely coveted and crucially left-footed central defender Sven Botman joining from Lille, England goalkeeper Nick Pope joining from Burnley, and Matt Targett, who was so quietly impressive at left-back last season, completing his move from Aston Villa.
In contrast, there is a huge pressure on Nottingham Forest as they are back in the premiership for the first time in 23 years.
The club finished fourth in the Championship league last season under the management of Steve Cooper.
Is the game being shown on TV?
Cooper’s team will kick off their first top-flight season campaign at St James’ Park, but unfortunately, seeing the match in person will be the only option after Sky Sports and BT Sport have decided not to broadcast the match.
This means, the Forest fans may need to plan ahead as the game will still take place at 3pm on Saturday, August 6.
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What is the expectation for Newcastle this season?
After the Saudi takeover together with the sterling management by Howe, the Magpies collected 49 points from their 38 matches, which left them just three points behind eighth-place Leicester City last season.
Since winning fifth place in 2011/12, Newcastle has not placed higher than 10th in the Premier League but will be interesting to see what happens this season.
On August 13, the team will play their first away match of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion. They will also play Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Liverpool throughout the first month.
Prior to the season’s break for the 2022 World Cup, Newcastle will play Chelsea before returning to action on Boxing Day against Leicester City.
According to the fixtures, Howe’s team faces four opponents with potential playoff implications in their final four games: Chelsea, Leeds United, Leicester City, and Arsenal.
And their trip to Stamford Bridge on May 28 might have a lot on the line because Chelsea might need the points in a potential top-four battle while Newcastle will aim to be in some capacity in European contention.
What is the expectation for Nottingham Forest this season?
Robert Earnshaw, a former Nottingham Forest striker, has said that the club would remain in the Premier League this season if they approach it similarly to how Brentford did last year.
Forest has been one of the most busy clubs throughout the transfer window, acquiring 11 new players and it appears that Cooper is eager to contribute more before the end of the following month.
He said Cooper has had ‘one of the most amazing years’ he’s witnessed from a manager and that the club will remain in the league if they approach it with offensive football.
Football experts have predicted that the club will finish in 15th place, just avoiding relegation.
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