Nottingham Forest fixtures for the 2023/24 campaign have been announced this morning. Following the big Premier League reveal, we looked at three things which caught our eye…
Nottingham Forest 23/34 fixtures have been confirmed
TV date to start
BT Sport will be rebranded as TNT Sports this summer and Forest will take centre stage on the opening day.
The Reds travel to Arsenal to face the team who they secured their Premier League status against last month.
Forest’s trip to the Emirates Stadium will be the first Premier League game to be broadcast on TNT Sports.
The Reds will hope to fare better than they did at the Gunners last season, as Steve Cooper’s men lost 5-0.
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Forest will hope to start this season better prepared, however, and a glut of new signings should be settled into the squad by then
The game at the Emirates Stadium will take place on Saturday 12th August with a kick-off time of 12:30.
Away fortunes unlikely to improve early doors
Forest’s big issue last term was their away form. They collected just nine points on the road all season and that will have to improve during 2023/24.
With that in mind, Steve Cooper won’t be happy to discover who Forest will face on the road in the opening six weeks of the season.
Forest face Arsenal on the road on the opening day before facing Chelsea and Manchester United in quick succession.
Following that the Reds will head to treble-winners Manchester City, with Crystal Palace and Liverpool completing the first six away fixtures.
Forest will be desperate to put to bed any doubts over their away form. Doing just that in the opening month of the campaign looks unlikely, however.
Tricky run in
Much like the 2022/23 campaign, Forest will finish the campaign with an away fixture. This time Burnley is the final destination where the Reds will bring the curtain down.
The final home game will see Chelsea come to the City Ground, with a trip to Sheffield United prior to that.
Forest face Manchester City on home soil before that and have an away trip to Everton thrown in
Those fixtures once again make for a pretty tricky finish and Forest will want to try and steer clear of relegation way before then.
AFCON games tricky
Unlike the World Cup, domestic football doesn’t stop for the African Cup of Nations which will take place next year.
As a result, it was always going to be intriguing to see which fixtures the likes of Moussa Nikahate, Serge Aurier, Taiwo Awoniyi and Cheikhou Kouyate would miss.
As it goes, the quartet could miss some pretty big games. Trips to Brentford and Bournemouth are pencilled in for that period; with home games to come against Arsenal and Newcastle.
Forest will have to plan accordingly for this period and hopefully, the squad is strong enough to cope.