Kick-off: 1945, 29/08/2018
Stadium: City Ground
TV: Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest have recent history on their side when facing Newcastle in Wednesday’s televised EFL Cup second-round tie.
Forest beat the Magpies 3-2 away at the same stage 12 months ago and prevailed 2-1 when United last visited the City Ground in the Championship a couple of seasons back.
With Aitor Karanka’s side unbeaten in six outings this term, Evens for them to reach round three is our opening Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Forest are only mid-table in the Championship due to drawing four of their first five fixtures in that division, but have been showing plenty of spirit.
Since beating Reading a few weeks ago, they have shared the spoils with Wigan and Birmingham, with both matches ending 2-2.
Hillel Soudani hit a stoppage-time equaliser versus the Latics and late strikes by Joe Lolley and Daryl Murphy helped them come from 2-0 down against the Blues.
Forest also produced a last-gasp leveller from Matthew Cash when drawing 1-1 with Bury in the previous round of this tournament, before winning 10-9 on penalties.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle are unlucky to have picked up only one point from their opening three Premier League games.
The Magpies have been competitive in 2-1 home defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea, while Kenedy missed a stoppage-time spot-kick in a goalless draw at Cardiff, where Isaac Hayden was dismissed on 66 minutes.
However, with Manchester City and Arsenal up next in the top flight, Rafael Benitez may be braced for things getting worse before they get better.
That daunting schedule could also force the Spaniard to rest the majority of his key players here, so United do seem worth taking on.
Let’s add 19/2 for a 2-1 home win to our Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle betting tips.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2-2 Birmingham – Joe Lolley, Daryl Murphy
NEWCASTLE 1-2 Chelsea – Joselu
Head-to-head: Newcastle 2-3 Forest, Newcastle 3-1 Forest, Forest 2-1 Newcastle
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