When Nottingham Forest were bottom of the 2021/22 Championship table in September and four points away from safety, the prospect of a long-awaited return to the Premier League looked almost as distant as it had during their spell in the third tier from 2005 to 2008.
Less than a year later, the two-time champions of Europe are still savouring the sensational run of form that almost took them to automatic promotion, making it little surprise when they subsequently completed their mission via the Championship playoffs.
The appointment of former England youth coach Steve Cooper has proved a masterstroke, and it would be another superb achievement if the Welshman can steer Forest to safety at the end of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Which new stadiums will Forest fans be heading to? Can Cooper repeat the impressive 2021/22 FA Cup run he oversaw? Here’s how the season looks.
Nottingham Forest Premier League fixtures 2022/23
Nottingham Forest’s 2022/23 fixtures were released on Thursday, June 16 at 9 a.m. BST (4 a.m. ET). In addition to the near month-long break for the FIFA World Cup (Nov. 14-Dec. 18), there will be two FIFA international breaks: Sept. 19-27, 2022 and March 20-28, 2023.
A total of 16 Premier League matchdays will be played before the FIFA World Cup break, and the remaining 22 following the World Cup.
|1||Sat, Aug. 6||Newcastle United||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|2||Sat, Aug. 13||West Ham||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|3||Sat, Aug. 20||Everton||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|4||Sat, Aug. 27||Tottenham||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|5||Wed, Aug. 31||Manchester City||A||8 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|6||Sat, Sept. 3||Bournemouth||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|7||Sat, Sept. 10||Leeds United||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|8||Sat, Sept. 17||Fulham||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|9||Sat, Oct. 1||Leicester City||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|10||Sat, Oct. 8||Aston Villa||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|11||Sat, Oct. 15||Wolves||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|12||Tue, Oct. 18||Brighton||A||7:45 p.m.||2:45 p.m.|
|13||Sat, Oct. 22||Liverpool||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|14||Sat, Oct. 29||Arsenal||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|15||Sat, Nov. 5||Brentford||H||3 p.m.||9 a.m.|
|16||Sat, Nov. 12||Crystal Palace||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|17||Mon, Dec. 26||Manchester United||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|18||Sat, Dec. 31||Chelsea||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|19||Mon, Jan. 2||Southampton||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|20||Sat, Jan. 14||Leicester City||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|21||Sat, Jan. 21||Bournemouth||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|22||Sat, Feb. 4||Leeds United||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|23||Sat, Feb. 11||Fulham||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|24||Sat, Feb. 18||Manchester City||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|25||Sat, Feb. 25||West Ham||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|26||Sat, March 4||Everton||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|27||Sat. March 11||Tottenham||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|28||Sat, March 18||Newcastle United||H||3 p.m.||11 a.m.|
|29||Sat, April 1||Wolves||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|30||Sat, April 8||Aston Villa||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|31||Sat, April 15||Manchester United||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|32||Sat, April 22||Liverpool||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|33||Tue, April 25||Brighton||H||7:45 p.m.||2:45 p.m.|
|34||Sat, April 29||Brentford||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|35||Sat, May 6||Southampton||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|36||Sat, May 13||Chelsea||A||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|37||Sat, May 20||Arsenal||H||3 p.m.||10 a.m.|
|38||Sun, May 28||Crystal Palace||A||4 p.m.||11 a.m.|
Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup
A reminder of their 2021/22 FA Cup run, in which they ousted Arsenal and thrashed Leicester City before losing by the only goal of the game to Liverpool in the quarterfinals, should give Forest confidence that they can beat Premier League sides. They return to the competition in January.
Forest fared dreadfully in the Carabao Cup, losing 4-0 at home to Midlands neighbours Wolves during their dire start to the season. It’s unlikely to be anywhere near a priority for them, but that competition starts again for Forest in November.
FA Cup dates 2022/23
Premier League clubs that reach the quarterfinals and semifinals of the FA Cup will have to reschedule their league fixtures on those weekends.
- First Round: Nov. 5-6 (Sat-Sun)
- Second Round: Nov. 26-27 (Sat-Sun)
- Third Round (Rd of 64): Jan. 7-8 (Sat-Sun)
- Round of 32: Jan. 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
- Round of 16: Feb. 28-March 1 (Tues-Wed)
- Quarterfinals: March 18-19 (Sat-Sun)
- Semifinals: April 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
- Final: Sat, June 3
Carabao Cup dates 2022/23
All Carabao Cup fixtures will be played on midweek days, except for the final on Sunday, Feb. 26.
- First Round: Aug. 9-11
- Second Round: Aug. 23-25
- Round of 32: Nov. 8-10
- Round of 16: Dec. 20-22
- Quarterfinals: Jan. 10-12
- Semifinals: Jan. 24-26 (Leg 1), Jan. 31-Feb. 2 (Leg 2)
- Final: Sun, Feb. 26
Nottingham Forest Premier League projection & odds
Forest supporters will be all too aware of how difficult promoted sides often find staying in the Premier League during their first season, not least for the playoff winners, who have less time to prepare for potentially key post-season signings than any of their rivals.
That remarkable run to the Championship top six, though — including 12 wins and one defeat in 15 league games between February and April — should give Forest momentum. The likes of Brennan Johnson, who scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists on his way to being named the 2021/22 Championship Young Player of the Season, will be targeting more than survival.
|SkyBet (UK)||DraftKings (USA)||Sports Interaction
|Title Odds||1000/1||+100000 (=20th)||TBD|
|Top 4 Odds||100/1||+6500||TBD|
|Top 6 Odds||N/A||+4000||TBD|
|Top 10 Odds||N/A||+1000||TBD|
|Top half Odds||10/1||N/A||TBD|
|Relegation Odds||8/11||-135 (2nd)||TBD|