Boxing Day in England always guarantees a spectacle, and this year’s Premier League opener doesn’t disappoint, pitting high-flying Newcastle United against struggling Nottingham Forest. Both sides enter St. James’ Park with wounds licking but contrasting ambitions.
How to Watch
What it is: Premier League Rugby
Matchup: Newcastle vs Nottingham
Date: Tuesday Dec. 26, 2023
Time: 7:30am ET
Venue:St. James’ Park (Newcastle)
TV: Amazon Prime Video (UK)
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For Newcastle, a 1-0 loss to Luton was a fifth defeat in six, but Eddie Howe’s men remain formidable at home. Seven straight league wins and just one conceded goal paint a picture of dominance, bolstered further by a five-game winning streak against Forest in this very stadium. Add in an unbeaten home run against Forest stretching back to 1988, and it’s no surprise the Magpies are heavy favorites.
Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, arrive desperate for redemption. Nuno Espírito Santo’s debut ended in a 3-2 defeat, leaving them precariously perched two points above the relegation zone. Their away form is abysmal, with just one win in 19 league games on the road and a worrying tendency to leak goals.
Yet, Nuno carries an unbeaten managerial record against Newcastle (W2, D5), a weapon he hopes to wield alongside Anthony Elanga’s recent hot streak of three goals in seven appearances. Additionally, Nuno has never lost his first away league game with a new club (W5, D1), offering Forest a glimmer of hope for a historic St. James’ Park victory.
Callum Wilson, however, could prove the thorn in their side. He netted the winner in this fixture last year, and three of his last five league goals have come between the 55th and 70th minute, making him a late-game threat to watch.
This Boxing Day clash promises a rollercoaster of emotions. Can Newcastle extend their home domination and solidify their top-half position? Or will Forest defy the odds and secure a crucial win in their fight for survival? Tune in to witness this battle of contrasting fortunes unfold.