Nottingham Forest looked like one of the frontrunners to return to the Championship in the early part of the season. However, they climbed out of danger after a string of victories (mostly against relegation candidates). They are currently 14th in the Premier League, but only two points above the relegation zone. With only five points separating the 12th and 20th teams in the league table, we are in for an exciting relegation battle this season.
Newcastle United have been outstanding this season, but with recent investments, that is not surprising. They are in fifth place, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, and a place in the Champions League next season is guaranteed. The Magpies have played one or two fewer games than the majority of the teams, and they have a chance to move up to third place in the next two games. Following the Nottingham Forest game, they will host Manchester United, a direct contender for a Champions League spot.
Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United will face off in the Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United of Premier League 2023 on 18th March 2023 at the City Ground, Nottingham.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United, Premier League 2023
Date: Saturday, 18th March 2023
Kickoff: 01:30 AM (IST)
Venue: The City Ground, Nottingham
Steve Cooper was disappointed with his team’s performance after a 3:1 loss to Tottenham. He felt his team could have been more aggressive in the first half, but he saw some positives in the second half. He also stated that he knew it would be difficult to get a positive result against Tottenham, but he expected the team to perform better.
Brennan Johnson, who had to be substituted against Tottenham due to a groyne strain, is doubtful for the Newcastle match.
Cheikhou Kouyate was on the bench against Tottenham and could return to the field for limited minutes against Newcastle after missing almost the entire season due to a hamstring injury.
As Dean Henderson is out with a muscle injury, loanee Kaylor Navas will start in goal.
Scott Mckenna and Willy Boly are doubtful, while Chris Wood, Taiwo Awoniyi, Giulan Biancone, and Omar Richards are injured.
Nottingham Forest Possible Starting Lineup:
Keylor Navas, Serge Aurier, Felipe Monteiro, Joe Worrall, Renan Lodi, Remo Freuler, Jonjo Shelvey, Orel Mangala, Jesse Lingard, Morgan Gibbs-White, Emmanuel Dennis
Newcastle ended a five-game winless streak with a 2:1 victory over the Wolves. Manager Eddie Howe was overjoyed with the victory after the game. He claimed that the team played well in the first half and that they should have scored more than one goal in the first 45 minutes. He also stated that they could have played better in the second half but still won all three points.
Anthony Gordon will miss the Nottingham Forest game due to an ankle injury but should return after the international break.
Joelington, a key midfielder, will serve his suspension and will be unable to play.
Newcastle United Possible Starting Lineup:
Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schär, Sven Botman, Dan Burn, Joseph Willock, Bruno Guimarães, Sean Longstaff, Jacob Murphy, Alexander Isak, Allan Saint-Maximin
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Nottingham Forest will come into this game after losing 3-1 to Tottenham in the Premier League. Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall scored at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
- Newcastle had eight shots on goal in their 2-1 victory over Wolves at St James’ Park. During this Premier League match, Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron both scored.
- The last time Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United met, Newcastle United won 2-0 at St James’ Park.
- Nottingham Forest have not won any of their last five games.
- This season, Nottingham Forest has conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 26 games.
- In their last 20 games, Newcastle United has kept 10 clean sheets.
Statistics for Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United
Last weekend, Nottingham Forest travelled to London to face Tottenham Hotspur. Richarlison appeared to have put the home side ahead early on, but the goal was ruled out for offside. However, Kane scored in the 19th minute to make it 1-0, and England’s captain doubled his and his team’s lead 10 minutes before the break from the penalty spot. Son scored a third goal in the second half after good work from Richarlison, and while Worrall pulled a goal back for Forest in the 81st minute, the game was already over, and injury was added insult in stoppage time when Ayew missed a penalty.
Injury concerns for Boly, McKenna, Awoniyi, Henderson, Kouyate, Biancone, Richards, Hennessey, Wood, and Johnson ahead of the Newcastle game.
The Magpies would have expected a difficult game against Wolves at home, and that is exactly what they got. Despite taking the lead in the 26th minute through Isak and dominating the first 45 minutes, Wolves equalised in the 70th minute through Hwang, and Newcastle needed a goal from Almiron 11 minutes from time to salvage a victory.
Joelinton is suspended for this game, and Gordon, Fraser, and Krafth appear to be out due to injury.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United Prediction
Forest have fared much better at home this season and will be hoping that the City Ground faithful can inspire them once more as they attempt to climb out of the relegation zone.
However, the absence of Johnson and Wood could limit the hosts’ ability to threaten in front of goal, and with Newcastle coming into Friday’s game in high spirits after last weekend’s victory, we can see the Magpies edging out the Tricky Trees in a close game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Newcastle United to win at the odds of 1.67.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United Key Player:
Allan Saint-Maximin – Despite only appearing in 17 games this season and scoring one goal, Saint-Maximin has impressed for the Magpies in recent weeks and could be crucial in Newcastle’s quest for Champions League football this season.
The Frenchman is one of the Premier League’s most skilled dribblers, and his ability to tie defenders in knots really gets the crowd going.