The Geordies haven't had much to celebrate this month. Not only have they been knocked out of two competitions, but they are facing more injury concerns day by day and Premier League form has been hard to come by. But Eddie Howe has an opportunity to leave this all in 2023 as he hosts Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, That said, here's the Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest preview, featuring the prediction, team news & predicted lineups.
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest preview
First, let's start by outlining how to watch Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest on TV...
How to watch Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest on TV
When is kick off? Tuesday December 26 2023
What time is kick off? 12:30 (GMT)
Where is it played? St James Park, Newcastle
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime UK
Newcastle team news
As I mentioned in my preview. Newcastle are not short of injury concerns. In fact, Eddie Howe has almost a full team of players our injured and he can almost bank on losing at least one more player through injury in this match.
Nick Pope is ruled out through a shoulder injury, along with Matt Targett, Javier Manquillo in the defence. Jamaal Lascelles is yet to be ruled out but he was subbed off in our recent match against Luton. As per FPL Scout, Eddie Howe didn't provide much in the way of an update, so we will see if he's available for this game
In the midfield, Sandro Tonali is suepended so he won't play in this match. Neither will Joelinton, Joe Willock or Elliot Anderson as they have been ruled out through injury. Further forward, Harvey Barnes is not due to return and neither is Jacob Murphy whose injury is also long-term.
Nottingham Forest injury news
Thankfully for Eddie Howe, the travelling side also have injury concerns of their own. Granted, the quantity is nowhere the same but the two (potential) players Forest have out are important.Taiwo Awoniyi who started the campaign well is ruled out and Serge Aurier is a doubt.
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest lineups
Predicted Newcastle lineup vs Nottingham Forest: Dubravka; Trippier, Botman, Schar, Burn; Guimaraes, Miley, Longstaff; Almiron, Isak, Gordon
Predicted Nottingham Forest lineup vs Newcastle: Turner; Williams, Murillo, Niakhate, Toffolo; Yates, Mangala; Origi, Gibbs-White, Elanga; Wood
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest prediction
Every game is tough in the Premier League but Eddie Howe is running out of excuses. He needs to win this to keep the morale intact heading into the new year. I think it will be a scrappy Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest.
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