North East UK news Paul Merson predicts opening day win for Newcastle against Nottingham Forest PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - An 82-day wait for competitive football to return to St James' Park ends this weekend
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Paul Merson expects Newcastle United to brush aside Nottingham Forest this weekend. The former Arsenal winner has predicted a 2-0 victory for the Magpies in their Premier League opener. Despite forecasting a win, Merson thinks “the pressure is on” Newcastle after a solid end to the campaign in 2021-22. The Saudi-backed takeover has also raised expectations on Tyneside, with around £150million spent on first-time additions since Mike Ashley sold the club. Forest provide a stern test as they make their Premier League return after 23 years. Play-off triumph in May ended their exile from the top flight but Merson believes Eddie Howe’s men will be too much for the Reds on home soil.
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. They haven't made many big signings, and I had a feeling they'd take this approach. “They were never going to sign superstar after superstar like it's a FIFA game. They've got to build steadily, and it doesn't help to sign only two big names for a lot of money. “I like what they're doing at Newcastle, and I think they should aim for a top-half finish and a great cup run. If they want to have an excellent Premier League season, they have to win this match.” READ NEXT: Eddie Howe press conference live - Newcastle boss on transfers and more Howe provides transfer update as he admits difficulty of Newcastle's window Gary Neville wants Newcastle to ‘disrupt’ the Premier League big six Leeds United owner dismisses Jack Harrison exit talk amid Newcastle interest
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