For the primary time since 1999, Nottingham Forest will play within the high division of English Soccer. The Difficult Bushes earned their promotion the exhausting approach, beginning final season 1-1-6 (Win-Draw-Loss) earlier than qualifying for the play-off because of a magical run below new supervisor Steve Cooper.
As is commonly the case with newly-promoted sides, Cooper and Forest had a busy offseason to switch gamers whose mortgage offers had run out, along with bolstering the squad for the Premier League.
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Even with some shrewd additions over the summer time like Jesse Lingard, Taiwo Awoniyi, Neco Williams and Orel Mangala, the bookmakers aren’t too eager on Forest’s possibilities of staying up within the high flight. The Difficult Bushes are +110 to be relegated, which ties them with fellow newcomers Fulham for second-shortest odds behind Bournemouth, who’re odds-on favorites at -210.
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Acknowledging the ground for a group like Forest is sort of low and there’s danger to creating this assertion, there are causes to imagine that the previous European Champions might catch everybody unexpectedly (not not like Brentford final season) because of their supervisor.
Whereas there’s motive to imagine that Forest may very well be underrated by the market, Newcastle is on the alternative finish of the spectrum. Because of the mega-investment within the membership from the, uh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Magpies at the moment are flush with money and have spent it correctly up to now. Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Nick Pope and Matty Money give Eddie Howe a stable basis to construct on, but it surely does really feel like bettors are getting caught up within the hype a little bit bit with Newcastle.
Certain, the Magpies had been a lot improved when the brand new homeowners got here in and employed Howe, however that isn’t saying a lot contemplating how poor they had been earlier than the takeover. Newcastle went 11-1-5 (W-D-L) with a +4 objective distinction after the January switch shut, however its underlying metrics weren’t that spectacular because it posted a -0.7 anticipated objective differential in that span.
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And it’s additionally honest to be skeptical of simply how stable Newcastle’s protection shall be below Howe. When he arrived at St. James Park final winter, the objective was clear: Survive. When that’s the case, coaches — even these with extra free-flowing philosophies like Howe — will all the time are usually extra pragmatic and arrange extra defensively.
With the specter of relegation passed by the wayside, Howe will doubtless implement a extra buccaneering type for Newcastle and that might open them as much as the counter-attack towards a counter-attacking group like Nottingham Forest.
There’s little question right here that Newcastle are a a lot stronger facet than Nottingham Forest, however the pricing right here is uncontrolled. The Difficult Bushes are a reside underdog on Saturday.
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Nottingham Forest +475 — FanDuel