Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United
England League Championship
Date: Friday, 2nd December, 2016.
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Nottingham City Ground.
Nottingham Forest are a team in good spirits after defeating Barnsley from a goal behind to a massive 5-2 margin. This put them on a three match unbeaten run with back-to-back wins and move up the table to 17th position.
Newcastle United on the other hand were eliminated from the EFL Cup after bowing out to Hull City in penalty-shoot. They lost their last match in Championship at home by a narrow 1-0 margin to Blackburn Rovers. They were on an 8 match winning run prior to that defeat. And head-coach Rafa Benitez will be desperate for maximum points here as Brighton and Hove Albion are just 2 points behind them.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head stats
This will be the first meeting between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United since the thriller during the EFL Cup in 2011. Newcastle came on top on that occasion, only by the help of a penalty shoot-out after the scores were tied at 3-3 at the end of added extra time.
These two teams have only met on 5 occasions since 1998 and Newcastle have won 4 of them suffering just 1 defeat.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Prediction
Both teams are in desperate need of a win here as Newcastle want to keep the lead at the top of the table and Nottingham want to move further away from the relegation zone. If you compare the form, Newcastle are a better side as they are the most consistent side in the league this season. Nottingham must be very cautious, as they are facing a top side coming on the back of consecutive defeats.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips
Newcastle to win at 1.75 (3/4)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5).