By Harvey Byrne
Former midfielder and Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted Newcastle to fall to a shock defeat against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
The Magpies are currently preparing to host the Championship side in the EFL Cup second round which could be the start of the road to silverware for the north east giants.
The last time two sides met in September Rafa Benitez’ side ran out comfortable 3-1 victors with a Dwight Gayle double alongside a solo Matt Ritchie effort cancelling out a goal from Nicolau Dumitru-Cardoso.
However, Prutton believes it will be a different result this time around and has opted for a 1-0 win for Nottingham Forest, stating Daryl Murphy will be desperate to score.
“Graeme Souness was very critical about Newcastle’s defending at the weekend, and rightly so. They also have problems at the other end of the field, and Dwight Gayle could use a game here to get off the mark this season,” told Prutton, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“Nottingham Forest have had a decent start and they could give Newcastle a tough game. Daryl Murphy will be desperate to start and score at his old side where he didn’t get much of a look-in last season. We could be in for a shock at St James’ Park.”
Newcastle have had a difficult start to the 2017-18 Premier League season with a 2-0 defeat on the opening day against Tottenham coupled with a 1-0 loss against fellow promoted side Huddersfield, which has left them in 16th place.
Nottingham Forest, meanwhile have started in fine form with four victories and just one defeat from their first five matches in all competitions, which has left them in fourth place in the Championship table.
Both teams will be firmly focused on their league campaigns this season, but a trip to Wembley and a chance of silverware could also provide a nice distraction.
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez has given a transfer update that will upset fans.