Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Date: Friday, 30th December, 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: St. James Park, Newcastle.
The Boxing Day fixture came as a disappointment to Newcastle fans as they watched their team lose at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Now they will be hosting Nottingham Forest at home as they hope to get back to winning ways and maintain their lead in the top table.
Rafa Benitez’s men were beaten by a loan goal at St. James’ Park on Monday, which have jeopardized their lead in the table. Looven’s second half goal in the 53rd minute was enough to put Newcastle United down. The defeat was Newcastle’s 6th championship defeat this season and their 7th in all competitions.
On the contrary, Nottingham Forest have been poor this season, managing 26 points from 23 games. They are currently in the 17th position and are 6 points above the relegation zone. They are without a win on their last 4 games, they have lost 3 games and drawn once. They will come in from a 2-1 defeat away at Huddersfield on Boxing Day and will hope to get back on the right path soon.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Head to Head Statistics
- Newcastle lost the reverse of this fixture earlier this month, Nottingham defeated them 2-1 at the City Ground.
- Nevertheless, Newcastle are the better side in their previous meetings having won 32 of their 70 meetings.
- Nottingham have won 21 games against Newcastle and drawn 17.
- At St. James’ Park Newcastle have won 18 games, they have lost 8 games to Nottingham and drawn 8 games.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
Newcastle United are strong favorites in this game, as they are in a much better form compared to their visitors. They will be aiming to revenge their defeat to Nottingham Forest in the reverse of this game.
We don’t see Nottingham winning Newcastle at St. James’ Park as they have won just twice on the road this championship season. Also they have conceded at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 away games and we thinks that may be the case here too.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Newcastle to Win and Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05)
Over 1.5 team goals for Newcastle at 1.50 (1/2).