Newcastle United fans may have expected more signings this summer following the club's takeover in January, but expectations will remain high following an impressive second half of last season.
The Magpies spent the first half of the 2021 - 22 season fighting relegation, only to finish 11th in the Premier League after a run that saw only Liverpool and Manchester City earn more points in the final 20 games of the season.
Newcastle will be hoping to carry their strong home form into the new season, having only lost one game at St. James' Park in their last ten (W7, D2).
Forest were no strangers to the top flight before this century, and Steve Cooper will be hoping to keep it that way after achieving the club's dream of promotion.
However, Forest have made 12 signings this summer and those players will need to quickly learn what it takes to play in a Steve Cooper team if they are to maintain their impressive away form.
"I think he's ready to play," Eddie Howe told Newcastle's media team about Botman. "I've seen him during pre-season and what a talent he is. I think he's going to be everything we hoped he would be. He's technically very good, very strong and very good defensively."
Kieran Trippier missed most of his time with Newcastle injured last season but will look to return to his right-back position for this game.
Steve Cooper used Brennan Johnson and Sam Surridge as strikers in Forest's last pre-season game against Valencia, but with Surridge recovering from a hernia operation in the summer, club record signing Taiwo Awoniyi could make his debut.
Pope; Trippier, Botman, Schar, Targett; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Henderson; Worrall, Niakhaté, McKenna; Williams, Colback, O’Brien, Toffolo; Lingard, Johnson, Awoniyi
All five of Allan Saint-Maximin's league goals last season came at home, with Newcastle remaining unbeaten each time he scored. With 1.8 shots on goal per game last season, the Frenchman was quite active going forward.
The 25-year-old, though, is more known for his direct approach and creative outlet. The forward completed 150 successful dribbles over 35 appearances last season, while creating 50 key passes.
Saint-Maximin had a total of five assists at the end of the previous season, but he will be hopeful that a strong start to this one can raise that total.
Lingard, who spent a total of 11 years at Manchester United, will be attempting to use his talent and experience to aid Forest in winning as many games as they can this year.
The 29-year-old was last afforded regular playing time in the Premier League while playing for West Ham, where he amassed nine goals and four assists in just 16 appearances back in 2021. The fact that one of those goals was scored at St. James' Park will please Forest supporters.
Where is the game being played?
The match is being played at Newcastle's St. James' Park in the north east.
What time is kick-off?
This match is on Saturday, August 6, and kicks off at 15:00pm.
How can I watch?
This game is unavailable to watch in the UK and Ireland.