Forest's fine opening weekend record faces stiff test

15 Jun 2022
Brennan Johnson, Forest

Steve Cooper's side boast great MW1 record but must overcome Newcastle trip

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With the release of the 2022/23 Premier League fixtures fans of Nottingham Forest will have particular cause for optimism, despite facing a daunting trip to Newcastle United on the opening weekend.

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Steve Cooper's side, who ended a 23-year exile from the Premier League, boast an excellent opening-day record, having won four of their five Matchweek 1 encounters.

That places them top of the list of current clubs to have played a minimum of five opening-day matches.  

Top-six MW1 records of current clubs
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
NFO 5 4 0 1 80.0
MUN 29 20 4 5 69.0
CHE 30 19 6 5 63.3
LIV 30 18 8 4 60.0
ARS 30 16 6 8 53.3
MCI 24 12 6 6 50.0

Indeed, Forest are placed third in the all-time list of 50 clubs to have played in the competition.

See: How every club have fared on opening weekend

Given their formidable record in season openers, Brighton & Hove Albion fans may view their 7 August trip to Manchester United with trepidation.

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With a winning ratio of 69 per cent, United have been victorious in 20 of their 29 first matches.

Their credentials as fast starters were displayed emphatically last term, as the Red Devils beat Leeds United 5-1 at Old Trafford.

Indeed, Man Utd's record of 63 goals in season openers is one they share with Chelsea, who are also the next-closest Matchweek 1 specialists.

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Chelsea boast a success rate of 63.3 per cent, winning 19 of their 30 maiden contests, and face Everton on 6 August.

Also in this series

Part 1: Test your knowledge of opening-day fixtures
Part 2: Promoted clubs will eye history after Fixture Release Day
Part 3: Can Man City avoid another false start?
Part 4: Does another goal fest beckon to kick off 2022/23?
Part 5: Salah targets another opening-weekend goal record
Part 6: Can Klopp extend his unbeaten opening-day record?

Get the 2022/23 fixtures as soon as they come out by downloading the Premier League's digital calendar.

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