Newcastle will be hoping to pick up where they left off last season and pick up another three points at St.James’ Park. Eddie Howe’s side have won 12 of their 19 league games in 2022, with only Liverpool (16), Spurs (13) and Man City (13) picking up more wins in that time than the Geordies. They will also be looking to extend both their unbeaten record against newly promoted sides and their unbeaten run against Nottingham Forest to nine games and ruin Forest’s long awaited return to the top division.
Having recruited Nick Pope and Sven Botman, as well as Matt Targett returning on a permanent deal, Newcastle are already looking a lot stronger defensively than they were last campaign and will be looking to bring European football back to St. James’ Park for the first time since 2013.
After a famous play-off final win over Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest will finally be playing top flight football for the first time in 23 years and a lot of the credit has to go to Steve Cooper, with the manager taking them from 23rd in the division to a Premier League side in the space of a year.
The board has put their money where the mouth is in trying to keep Forest in the top division, signing no more 12 new players including Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who scored 20 goals in 43 games for Union Berling last season.
Can Forest stay in the division they have waited so long to return to, or will they struggle to integrate so many new signings at once? Only time will tell.
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Callum Wilson has been the just the striker Newcastle needed (apart from injuries) since his move from Bournemouth in 2020, scoring 20 goals and providing five assists in his 43 Premier League games in that time. The forward finished as the Geordies’ top goalscorer in the league last term, despite only starting 16 games and will be looking to set a new PB in 2022/23.
He will be looking to score Newcastle’s opening goal of the season for the third consecutive season and help get his side of the prefect start against a Nottingham Forest side who are without a win against Newcastle in their last eight meetings.
It took a lot of people by surprise when Forest announced the signing of Jesse Lingard, but the former Man Utd man will be looking to get his career back on track at the Premier League new boys. His last loan move away from Old Trafford was a huge success, with Lingard scoring nine goals and providing four assists in just 16 Premier League games for the Hammers.
Expect him to continue his trend of shooting on site for Forest just like he did for West Ham. The England international had 42 shots in his 16 games during his loan spell, averaging 2.7 shots per 90 and having 2+ shots in 12 of those 16 starts.
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