Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United: Premier League preview, Gameweek 2, 2022
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Jesse Lingard of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St. James Park on August 06, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Both Nottingham Forest and West Ham United will be looking to get off the mark following 2-0 defeats last time out. 

As they support their side at home during a Premier League game for the first time in 23 years, Forest supporters will undoubtedly generate an amazing atmosphere.

If Forest want to stay in the top division this season, they will need to make the most of the City Ground, and after a disappointing away performance against Newcastle United, this game may be the one that gets their season started.

Steve Cooper's team has scored three goals per game in their last four competitive home games and has yet to lose a league game at home in 2022. The Premier League, though, is a different beast, and the UEFA Europa League semi-finalists will not be taken lightly.

West Ham's defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City was not unexpected, so Davis Moyes will be hoping to kick start his team's season during this fixture as he aims to qualify for European football for the third season in a row.

However, if the Hammers are to bring anything back to London, they must improve their away form. West Ham have won just one of their last eight away games (W1, D1, L6).

Last season, the London team earned 24 out of a possible 57 points on the road; if they hope to contend for a Champions League spot this season, they will need to increase that total.

Team news

Nottingham Forest

The possibility that Scott McKenna may miss this match has dealt Forest a potentially significant injury blow.

"He's picked up something in training unfortunately and is a big doubt. We'll give him every chance," Steve Cooper told the local media. "If he doesn't make it then it gives someone else a chance and we look forward to being the best we can be at the weekend."

Other than that, the squad is the same as it was against Newcastle United last weekend. That indicates that midfielder Ryan Yates and central defender Steve Cook are both still sidelined due to injury.

Giulian Biancone could make his debut on the right side of the back three, with Joe Worrall shifting to the middle and Moussa Niakhaté to the left.

Omar Richards remains ruled out indefinitely with a hairline fracture. 

Taiwo Awoniyi and Orel Mangala will be hopeful of making their full debuts after starting on the bench against Newcastle. 

West Ham United 

West Ham centre half Nayef Aguerd is the only player that is confirmed as an absentee for the Hammers, although Craig Dawson and Lukasz Fabianksi may also miss out. 

Angelo Ogbonna was sidelined with fitness issues against Manchester City, meaning Ben Johnson could start at centre-back again this weekend. 

Maxwel Cornet missed the 2-0 loss to Manchester City as he wasn’t registered in time for the fixture but should be involved in the matchday squad at the City Ground

Likely line-ups

Nottingham Forest

Henderson; Biancone, Worrall, Niakhaté; Williams, Yates, O’Brien, Toffolo; Lingard; Johnson, Awoniyi

West Ham United

Areola; Coufal, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antonio

Key players

Brennan Johnson

Johnson was by far Forest's most dangerous goal threat last season, registering 19 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, with 17 of those goal involvements coming at home. 

The 21-year-old has opened the scoring in four of his last five goalscoring games for Forest and will be eager to get off to a good start in his first Premier League season.

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Michail Antonio 

Despite telling Sky Sports that he will not celebrate if he scores against his former club, Antonio stated that he hopes to score on his return to the City Ground

The former Forest man scored before halftime in both of West Ham's final two league away games last season and will look to continue that trend in this match.

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Match details 

Where is the game being played?

The game is being played at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground in the East Midlands.

What time is kick-off?

This match is on Sunday, August 14, and kicks off at 14:00pm.

How can I watch?

The fixture will be available to watch on Sky Sports main event and Sky Sports Premier League as part of Super Sunday.

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