Notthingham – Newcastle, League Cup Prediction
Definitely the League Cup in England is a very unpredictable tournament, especially at this stage, when the teams are still rotating and it’s the beginning of the season. Yesterday, however, there were no big surprises and most Premier League favorites took their matches, including Crystal Palace. Now, on the road to another elite team, is Nottingham. These two teams have an interesting story, but some changes are expected in this match and Nottingham will most likely not go out with the best. Forest did not lose in the championship in the first 5 rounds, but they have got quite a few points, because of these 5 games they got 4 draws. The four draws were with goals. Forest, in general, have scored a lot of goals lately and in the last round Bury was eliminated by 1-1 in regular time and penalty win for the reds. However, it is important to note that Nottingham have only four games in which they have not scored a goal in their history in this tournament, and they played a total of 33 fixtures.
Newcastle is in a terrible form and the Magpies have no win in their last 7 matches already and in the last 5 they have recorded 4 losses. The defeat against Chelsea in the weekend was a bit harsh, because Newcastle managed to equalize with a rather controversial goal after losing by a odd penalty for Chelesa, but finally they conceded again a rather ridiculous goal and left empty-handed their stadium. Rafa Benitez has never been a serious fan of the League Cup and has never won it, especially with his Liverpool side in the seasons when he was leading one of the top teams in Europe. However, a new loss will not positively affect the Magpies, but it is important for them to decide what their priorities are for this season.
Interestingly, these two teams met last season in the League Cup but at St. James Park and then the game ended 2-2 and Nottingham qualified after extra time. For the moment, Forest and Newcastle have scored a lot against each other in the few games in recent years and now there are all the options available to make it happen again. Some of Newcastle’s reserves will be hungry to prove. This applies, for example, to the winger, Atsu. On the other hand, they are guests and are in a weak form with defensive problems against a team that plays open style of football. Our prediction is logical “BTTS” at 1.75
Grabban(F) and Guedioura(M) are doubfull. Smith(G) is suspended
Ritchie, Lascelles, Shelvey, Manquillo and Lejeune are out. Hayden is suspended