The first Premier League game at the City Ground since May 1999 takes place this afternoon, with one of English football’s most iconic old stadiums set to set the mood for newly promoted Nottingham Forest’s home opener since the end of their 23 years of top flight. exile via the Championship play-offs.
The very different side of Steve Cooper was ruled out at Newcastle on the first day of a difficult start to life at this level, but it’s likely to be a different proposition with some raucous home support behind them and with other signatures apparently. every day. They will be looking for a standout performance against West Ham, who were easily manipulated by reigning champions Manchester City to kick off their campaign.
Transfer progress has been relatively slow for David Moyes but the Hammers could line up with two new attacking signings Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet in the East Midlands. Follow Nottingham Forest v West Ham with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at the City Ground!
Standard Sport’s Simon Collings arrived at the City Ground…
It will be another scorching day in the East Midlands as this latest summer heatwave continues, with temperatures currently around 33 degrees and rising.
As in all other matches this weekend, drink breaks will be imposed at each half to allow players to drink plenty of fluids.
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham Prediction
The City Ground factor cannot be overlooked here, but Steve Cooper is still trying to get his squad together amid such a busy summer window and Forest have offered Newcastle little quality.
For this reason, a narrow away win seems like a reasonable prediction.
West Ham win, 2-1.
West Ham first team news
David Moyes could make his full Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet debuts this afternoon, with the former limited to a second-half cameo against Manchester City and the latter unsigned from Burnley in time.
Michail Antonio seems to have gotten rid of a problem suffered in training, although Lukasz Fabianski and Craig Dawson are still in doubt. Alphonse Areola will continue to substitute in goal if Fabianski stays on the sidelines.
£28m defender Nayef Aguerd is still out after undergoing ankle surgery last month, while Angelo Ogbonna remains on the comeback trail from a long-term ACL injury.
That means Moyes will likely have to turn to full-back Ben Johnson again as a centre-half today, alongside Kurt Zouma.
Nottingham Forest first team news
Forest could offer further full starts to two of their new signings this afternoon in Orel Mangala and Taiwo Awoniyi, who both came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park at the weekend. opening.
However, Omar Richards, Ryan Yates and Steve Cook are still on the sidelines and influential defender Scott McKenna is doubtful with a knock suffered in training this week.
Former West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and new signing Emmanuel Dennis are now officially Forest players but did not sign in time to play today.
Jesse Lingard will line up against the club he once played for on loan and surprisingly rejected in favor of a move to the City Ground this summer.
How to watch Nottingham Forest v West Ham
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 2pm BST on the former and 1pm on the latter.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.
Welcome to Nottingham Forest vs West Ham LIVE coverage!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the early stages of this 2022-23 Premier League season!
Full coverage of the top-flight London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham to come later this afternoon, but we focus first on events at a sunny City Ground, which is hosting top-flight football for the first time since 1999.
Newly promoted Nottingham Forest are hoping to harness the power of a passionate crowd at one of English football’s most famous old stadiums to kick off their campaign, having been sidelined at Newcastle on Opening Day.
But they are set to pass a tough test against a West Ham side who are also eager to come off the mark after being predictably seen off by reigning champions Manchester City last weekend.
Kick-off in the East Midlands is at 2.00pm BST, so follow match preparations, the latest team news and live updates, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at City Ground!