Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United Predictions and Match Preview

EFL Cup Second Round 2018

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United
England – League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: The City Ground, Nottingham.

Nottingham Forest are yet to suffer a defeat in the new season, but they still hold a disappointing 13th place in the Championship standings. The reason is the fact they drew four of five games so far, the victory over Reading being their lone three-pointer of the season. Interestingly, the Reds also drew to Bury (1-1) in their maiden League Cup tie, but advanced after the penalty shoot-out.

It has set up the second round tie with Newcastle United, a clash highly anticipated at The City Ground given that the hosts entered the new season with sky-high ambitions and significantly strengthened squad. A victory over a Premier League opposition would certainly serve as a massive confidence-booster and there are no doubts the hosts will head into the match highly-motivated to pick up the result.

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head

Newcastle United lead the head to head tie by 11 wins coming into 73rd encounter with the Reds.

Each of last four H2H matches saw both teams on the scoreline and three or more goals scored.

The two sides met each other just at this stage of the same competition last year and back then the Reds picked up a 2-3 victory away at St. James’ Park (after extra-time).

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Prediction

Newcastle had a rough schedule at the start of the new Premier League season, but Rafael Benitez can’t find it as an excuse for really poor set of performances his men offered in three opening rounds. The Magpies parked the bus against both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea (1-2 losses) and failed to break the deadlock in the home clash with recently-promoted Cardiff City (a goalless draw) in between these ties.

Nottingham’s back line revealed the lack of meticulousness at the weekend when the Reds had to chase a 0-2 deficit against Birmingham City at The City Ground. They eventually earned a point on the afternoon thanks to goals from Joe Lolley and Daryl Murphy.

Given the hosts are still unbeaten in the new season and that they’ll be up against the struggling opposition (one point from three matches), we will back the Reds not to lose as the main betting option at the odds of 1.55.

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips

Nottingham Forest or Draw Double Chance @ 1.55

Newcastle United Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.61.