Nottingham Forest will bid to avoid a fourth straight defeat in the Premier League as they continue their 2022-23 campaign at home against fellow newly promoted outfit Fulham on Friday night.
The Reds, who are 19th in the table, will enter this game after a 3-2 home loss to Bournemouth, while 10th seed Fulham suffered a 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in their last game.
Forest earned promotion back to the Premier League via last season’s Championship play-offs, and they had a pretty remarkable summer transfer window, with 21 players in total, breaking England’s record for most arrivals in one market.
Steve Cooper’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in their opening game of the 2022-23 season, but took four points from their next two games by beating West Ham United before a draw at Everton.
However, Forest has been given a bit of a reality check in recent games, losing 2-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur and 6-0 to Manchester City, before suffering a 3-2 loss to Bournemouth last time.
The Reds led 2-0 against the Cherries, with Cheikhou Kouyate and Brennan Johnson scoring in the first half, but Gary O’Neil’s side scored three times without answer in the second half, with the winner coming to the visitors in the 87th minute in Nottinghamshire.
Forest, who is 19th in the table with four points, will have to learn quickly to stay in the Premier League, but last season they lost 4-0 to Fulham in the corresponding game and the Cottagers have got off to an encouraging start. to their 2022-23 campaign.
Fulham have been unable to secure successive Premier League campaigns since 2014, finishing 19th and 18th in their last two seasons in the Premier League, but there are some positive signs this season.
Last season’s champions are currently 10th in the standings, having taken eight points from their first six games thanks to a record of two wins, two draws and two defeats.
Marco Silva’s side played their first two games of the season against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers before taking a 3-2 win over Brentford at Craven Cottage on 20 August.
Fulham have also beaten Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at home, with wins on either side of 2-1 defeats at Arsenal and Tottenham, and their performances in clashes with the north London duo would have given them plenty of encouragement to take on this level can compete.
It was feared Aleksandar Mitrovic would not be able to bring his stunning goalscoring form from last season to the Premier League, but the 27-year-old has scored six times in six games this season, and an impressive summer transfer window has given Silva plenty. of options across the field.