Kick-off: 1500, 06/08/2022
Stadium: St James’ Park
Newcastle will be keen to continue the feelgood factor around the club when they host Nottingham Forest to kick off the new season.
Following their Saudi-backed takeover and an influx of new players, Eddie Howe lifted the Magpies from relegation candidates to an 11th-placed finish after a stunning second half to last term.
That form has lifted excitement levels at St James’ Park and a home win with both teams scoring at 3.70 is our first Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest prediction.
Newcastle United Odds
Howe was not the manager Newcastle fans had hoped for under the new owners, with a big-name appointment expected.
But the former Bournemouth boss transformed the club, steering them well clear of the bottom three after Christmas with 12 wins, three draws and five losses in 20 games.
The signings of Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes certainly helped, as Howe brought the good times back to Tyneside.
Newcastle continued their recruitment drive with the permanent capture of Targett from Aston Villa and the signing of Nick Pope from relegated Burnley for around £10million.
Lille centre-back Sven Botman has also arrived on a five-year deal for a fee of around £35million.
Howe said: “I’m delighted Sven is joining us. He is technically very good, physically very good and has a great attitude.
“At 22, he already has solid experience at the top level but he is at a great age to grow with this team.”
Newcastle’s performances at home were impressive, with seven wins in their last eight matches, losing only to Liverpool.
In four of those wins, they were level at the interval and a draw at half-time and a win at full-time is Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest odds.
Nottingham Forest Odds
Like Howe, Steve Cooper did a fantastic job in turning around Forest, who were bottom of the Championship when he took over in September.
The former England Under-17s and Swansea manager won 27 of his 45 games and managed to utilise an underperforming squad, which saw them beat Leicester and Arsenal in the FA Cup.
After beating Sheffield United on penalties in the play-off semi-finals, Forest saw off Huddersfield at Wembley to secure a return to the top flight for the first time in 23 years.
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi looks an exciting recruit, with the 24-year-old joining from Bundesliga side Union Berlin on a five-year deal for a club-record fee reported to be around £17m.
Awoniyi, who scored 20 goals in 43 games in all competitions in his last season in Germany, began his professional career at Liverpool before moving on to chase first-team opportunties.
Cooper said: “There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.
“Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months.
“He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker.”
Liverpool defender Neco Williams, Manchester United duo Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard and Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala are other recruits raising hopes of survival.
Games between Newcastle and Forest have traditionally brought plenty of goals, with 25 arriving in the last six meetings.
Over 3.5 goals at 3.30 completes our Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest betting tips.
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