Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have disagreed on Nottingham Forest ahead of the new Premier League campaign. The Sky Sports duo were discussing Forest’s survival chances on The Overlap Live Fan Debate.
The Reds will embark on their first Premier League campaign for 23 years during 2022/23. Their season gets underway on Saturday when they travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.
Forest came up on the rails during the second half of last season. The form under Steve Cooper was magnificent and they won the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Naturally, plenty of pundits have discussed whether or not the Reds can stay up. Former Liverpool defender Carragher believes they can.
He told The Overlap Live Fan Debate: “I love the fact that Nottingham Forest are back. It’s a bit like when Leeds came back up, when you were a kid they took part in big games. There are clubs that you just love to see in there and Forest are one of them.
“They’re the one team that I’d love to stay up, I’d say them. I don’t think Forest will be a team who sits back, they will get in the face of the opposition.”
Neville wasn’t quite so defiant. He believes that they will struggle to stay up but did concede that all three promoted clubs might struggle.
He said: “All three could go down. It’s getting more predictable every year. Forest have not been in there for a long time. It will be an event to win a game for any team that’s not been there for so long.
Neville and Carragher discuss Forest survival chances
Make no bones about it, this season will be tough. The Premier League looks stronger than ever right now and Forest are in for a real battle.
Neville and Carragher are two of the more respected characters in punditry and it’s interesting that they perhaps disagree.
Carragher knows Cooper well. It’s not perhaps a surprise that he fancies the Reds to go okay, whilst Neville is perhaps guilty of making the predictable claim.
Forest have been away from the top-flight for 23 years. As a result, they will hope that their stay isn’t short-lived and they can retain their Premier League status in May.