Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle predictions and betting tips for Wesnesday’s EFL Cup game which takes place at the City Ground and kicks off at 7:45pm. Who will make it through to the third round of the competition?
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Newcastle were fairly unlucky against Chelsea at the weekend. After defending well for the majority of the game, they conceded a late goal gifting the Blues all three points. Rafa’s men have struggled so far this season and they will be hoping to kick start their season in this EFL Cup tie. This pair will be familiar with one another after meeting in the first round of the competition twelve months ago with Forest needing extra time to see off the Magpies. It was a young, vibrant Forest side who were playing under Mark Warburton but there have been a number of changes since then. The Tricky Trees are yet to be defeated this season but they gave away a two goal lead to Birmingham and looked sloppy at the back against the Blues. Aitor Karanka’s side needed extra time to overcome Bury in the first round and I’m not convinced that they can pull off a shock here. Newcastle may opt to rotate here but I still think they can avenge last season’s defeat. Newcastle Win is priced at 6/4 with Bet365 and it’s the first of our Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle predictions for this evening.
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Forest don’t keep many clean sheets and they conceded to Birmingham twice at the weekend. Wigan and West Brom have also found the net against Karanka’s side and only low-scoring Reading have been kept off the score-sheet so far. The Spaniard is renowned for his team’s defensive prowess and the pine of the side is often solid but he is yet to find the perfect combination at the back. However, Forest have plenty going forward and they do look dangerous in the final third. Newcastle will make changes at the back and could still be missing Jamaal Lascelles and that could result in Forest getting on the score-sheet. Both Teams to Score? Yes is the second of our Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle predictions and is available at 7/10 with Ladbrokes.
We don’t know the line-ups for either side and it’s always best to check the team news in EFL Cup games before placing any bets. However, Soloman Rondon is likely to be given another run-out here. He got his first start at the weekend playing 83 minutes and his tireless running could come in handy against Nottingham Forest.The hosts have conceded goals cheaply this season and they have particularly struggled in the air. Rondon could take full advantage. The Venezuelan is 15/8 with Bet Victor to find the net at any point in the 90 minutes and is the third of our Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle predictions for tonight’s EFL Cup match.
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Newcastle begin as the favourites for this tie and as the Premier League side, they will be fancied to book their place in the second round. They can be backed at 6/4 with Betway. Forest will be gunning to cause an upset once again and they can be backed at 9/5 to do it inside 90 minutes here. It ended 2-2 in normal time last season and it’s 23/10 to end all-square once again. As Wednesday’s televised tie, viewers will be hoping this is an entertaining clash and it’s 4/5 for Over 2.5 Goals with Under 2.5 Goals available at 10/11.
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Forest could play Jack Colback against his parent club. The midfielder has impressed so far this season. Adlene Guedioura missed Saturday’s clash through injury and may not be risked here.
Rafa Benitez may opt to make a number of changes here. Joselu could return to the starting line-up whilst Sean Longstaff and Christian Atsu could also be given a run out. Florian Lejeune is still out injured and Jamaal Lascelles may remain out of the equation.
If Daryl Murphy plays a part here, he’ll be desperate to score against his former employers. He will use his years of experience to try and haul his side into the second round. He netted at the weekend and as a striker who often scores in runs, he could be crucial.
If he starts, Jonjo Shelvey is likely to run the show in midfield. He will be up against team-mate Jack Colback and should be able to dominate in the centre of the park.