key fixtures which could decide Nottingham Forest’s Premier League season
With the announcement of next season’s fixtures today, Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League seems a bit more genuine.
The Reds will play Newcastle United at St James’ Park on the opening weekend of the 2022/23 season, on August 6, before welcoming West Ham United to the City Ground in what seems to be a challenging start to the season.
Then it’s off to Everton before hosting Tottenham Hotspur and returning to the North West on the last day of
August to play champions Manchester City in the season’s first midweek match.
After that, things start to get a bit simpler when we look at the games that might determine the season’s
Two runs each against Leeds, Fulham, and Bournemouth.
Forest hosts Bournemouth, travels to Leeds, and then hosts Fulham at home after a difficult start.
If we’re being honest, these are the kind of games they’ll need to win the vast majority of in order to remain
in the league.
Fulham has had the most difficult start to the season, facing Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea before coming to the City Ground.
Bournemouth, like Forest, will be odds-on to be relegated, hence they must be defeated.
After being punished severely on the South Coast last season, maybe VAR can aid Forest this time against the
But, on the other hand, we shouldn’t be whining about officials just yet, shall we?
Jon Moss should have a good day watching Premier League games on his debut weekend as a fan.
Leeds were promoted on the penultimate day of the previous season, and although manager Jesse Marsch
saw an improvement in results, they still appeared vulnerable, and important players Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha might be lost this summer.
Those games take place in September, just before the first international break, but Forest will face the same
trio in late January and early February.
It’s hard to imagine those games will be unimportant with 18 points on the line.
Crystal Palace and Brentford are both playing at home.
Forest’s last two games before the World Cup are at home against mid-table London teams.
Of course, they will not be simple.
Last season, Palace had a solid defensive record, and offensive players such as Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze will only become better under Patrick Vieira.
Brentford had a good first season in the Premier League, but they were on the decline before Christian Eriksen
arrived, and they will be a considerably less threatening club without him if he leaves.
Given that the league resumes after the Palace game on November 12 and concludes on Boxing Day with a trip
to Manchester United, it is critical for Forest to maintain momentum during the long break, which could be
beneficial to Steve Cooper and his staff, assuming none of the Forest players selected go too far in the World Cup tournament in Qatar.
Brighton are at home, Brentford are away, and Southampton are at home.
Forest’s remaining three games – at Chelsea, Arsenal, and then away at Palace – seem to be difficult.
In an ideal world, they should be secure by then.
A strong run building up to those games is one method to ensure their survival.
On April 25, the Reds will host Brighton before traveling to Brentford four days later.
On May 6, they host Southampton at home.
Graham Potter has done an excellent job, and it should be an intriguing tactical duel against Brighton if he
and Steve Cooper are still in charge at that stage.
Southampton is possibly the league’s most perplexing team.
They are capable of amazing things, but they can also have bad streaks, and they closed last season badly
after reserving their spot for another year.
There could be some possibilities there.