David Moyes takes his side to the City Ground in a game the visitors will be expected to win against Steve Cooper’s much-changed outfit, having been easily dispatched by reigning champions Manchester City out of the gate.
As disappointing as Forest were at Newcastle on the opening weekend, they could easily be a different beast in front of their own fans. West Ham are the first to experience what could be a difficult atmosphere at one of English football’s most historic stadiums.
Then there’s Jesse Lingard to consider. A target for Moyes this summer following his successful loan spell at West Ham in 2021, the England international instead joined Forest, a decision even Moyes admitted came as a surprise.
A fascinating subplot ahead of a game played in front of a raucous home support, here’s everything you need to know about the clash.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off time today, Sunday, August 14, 2022.
The City Ground in Nottingham will host the match.
Where to watch Nottingham Forest vs West Ham
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning at 2pm on the former and 1pm on the latter.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog, with Simon Collings in attendance at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham lineups and team news
Nottingham Forest XI: Henderson, Worrall, Niakhate, McKenna, Williams, O’Brien, Mangala, Toffolo, Lingard, Johnson, Awoniyi
Subs: Biancone, Cook, Mbe Soh, Hennessey, Surridge, Mighten, Cafu, Lyle Taylor, Hammond
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Cresswell, Johnson, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
Subs: Cornet, Scamacca, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Coventry, Randolph, Ashby
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham prediction
The City Ground factor cannot be overlooked but Cooper is still trying to knit his team together after such a busy summer window and Forest offered little in the way of quality at Newcastle.
For that reason, an away win seems like a reasonable prediction.
West Ham to win, 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Nottingham Forest wins: 44
West Ham wins: 46