Football Betting Tips – Nottingham Forest v Newcastle
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Nott'm Forest vs Newcastle (EFL Cup), City Ground, Wednesday 29th August
– Forest won 3-2 away in a repeat of this EFL Cup fixture last season
– Both teams have scored in their last four meetings
– 19 goals in their last four meetings
– 3 wins each in their last six meetings
– Forest yet to suffer defeat this season, with four draws and a win
Forest’s campaign has got off to a sluggish start. Expected to press at the business end of the Championship from the off, the Reds have dropped points resulting in four draws out of five. Their only win came in a 1-0 beating of Reading, whereas draws against Bristol City, West Brom, Wigan and Birmingham have seen them float in mid-table obscurity.
Aitor Karanka’s defensive stubbornness led many Forest fans to believe this could be a leak-free season, however, with seven goals conceded in their six matches in August, it is clear that there is still work to be done.
Newcastle were played off the park by ‘Sarriball’ at the weekend. Chelsea put together over 900 passes (second best in the Premier League to Man City’s effort last season), the relevance of this is that Newcastle already seem to be showing a lack of ambition this campaign.
This being said, Rafa Benitez has already alluded to a rotation policy for the cup fixtures. Speaking last week, the Spaniard said: “I can’t promise that the target is to win the League Cup of the FA Cup, because I will be lying to my fans.”
Benitez has already aired his frustrations at a lack of activity in the transfer market – losing players to injury in the cup competitions is something he can’t risk.
Forest, let’s not forget, are still unbeaten this season. Karanka should smell blood against a Newcastle side that has struggled at the start of this campaign.
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