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Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date:ย 10 February 2024
Kick-Off:ย ย 15:00 UK 16:00 CET
Venue: The City Ground
Sky Sports Main Event

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle: Top free betting tips

Nottingham Forest are set to take on Newcastle on Saturday, 10 February with the home side still looking for their first league win of 2024. Can Newcastle extend their misery by another week or will the scars from the Magpies' 4-4 draw with Luton Town next weekend have an impact? Our Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle prediction is for a home victory to help them create some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three.

Match result prediction: Nottingham Forest to win

Nottingham Forest may be the slight underdogs coming into this one but we are backing them to win for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they put in their best performance of the season in the reverse fixture, dismantling Newcastle 3-1 at St James's Park with Chris Wood scoring a hat-trick. If they can perform similarly on Saturday then Newcastle could be in for a long evening. Secondly, Newcastle's away form this season has been shocking (two wins, two draws, seven losses).

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Nottingham Forest started off under Nuno Espirito Santo with plenty of attacking intent and although that has dwindled in recent weeks, they should be spurred on by their home crowd under the lights at the City Ground. For Newcastle, high-scoring matches have been the norm recently – they drew with 4-4 with Luton last weekend and their four Premier League matches prior to that fixture also covered the over 2.5 goals market.

Correct score prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Newcastle

The injury of Chris Wood is undoubtedly a blow for Nottingham Forest, particularly as the New Zealander netted a hat trick against his former club the last he time he faced them, but Forest do have Taiwo Awoniyi back after injury and he is always a handful. Newcastle have struggled on the road all season and we expect that to continue on Saturday.

The City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest | Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle predictions
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Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle team news

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup vs Newcastle

It was revealed this week that Nottingham Forest's top scorer, Chris Wood, is set for up to eight weeks out on the sidelines with a hamstring injury in a bitter blow to Forest and Nuno Espirito Santo. Aside, from Wood, Santo has has no injury concerns coming into the match but he does still have three players away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast's Will Boly and Ibrahima Sangare are set to face Nigeria's Ola Aina in the final on Sunday.

Turner – Montiel, Murillo, Niakhate, Tavares – Kouyate, Dominguez – Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi – Awoniyi

Newcastle predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest

Newcastle have had major injury issues all season and their woes continue this week with the news that Anthony Gordon won't be fit to face Nottingham Forest. The young winger joins other start players Joelinton, Alexander Isak and Nick Pope on the sidelines. In more positive news, Harvey Barnes should be fit enough to start the match after scoring from the bench on his long-awaited return from injury last time out while Callum Wilson is also fit.

Dubravka – Trippier, Schar, Botman, Livramento – Guiamares, Longstaff, Miley – Barnes, Wilson, Almiron

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle: What the fans think

Forest fans praying for a double

Forest fans call for starts for Barnes and Livramento

How far will Newcastle fans travel to Nottingham?

Newcastle fans are famed for travelling in large numbers and they have quite a long trip on the horizon to Nottingham on Saturday. The total distance from Newcastle to The City Ground is around 160 miles and will take the travelling Geordies over three hours to get there via car or coach. By rail, the Newcastle away fans will need to board a service to Sheffield before swapping onto a direct one to Nottingham. From there, St James' Park is within walking distance.

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle: Tickets

Nottingham Forest still have a limited number of tickets on sale to official members while they also have hospitality packages available to the general public. Newcastle were given an allocation of 2,956 tickets for the match against Nottingham Forest and all of these have been sold to season ticket holders with the necessary number of loyalty points.

FAQs: Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle

Who is the referee? Anthony Taylor is the referee for Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle.

Who is the Newcastle manager? Eddie Howe is the current Newcastle manager.

How big is the City Ground? The City Ground has a capacity of 30,445.

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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