David Prutton played for Nottingham Forest back in 1998-2003 and he is now a pundit for Sky Sports for the Football League.
David thinks that Newcastle will not have it all their own way at the City Ground tonight and he is predicting an odd result – a high scoring draw.
It’s odd because we have only had one draw in our 22 total games this season – the 1-1 draw back in September at Villa Park when the home side equalized in the last minute.
David Prutton – Sky Sports pundit
This is what David has said about the game tonight:
“You look at what an emphatic victory they had against Barnsley, and Newcastle’s very surprising loss against Blackburn with a much-changed team.”
“Dwight Gayle should come back into the picture, as should Jamaal Lascelles who has been superb this season and will get to play at his former team and show them where he is at the moment.”
“But they’re up against a Forest team who look resurgent and a lot more focused to be honest. I think this is going to be a draw, but a high-scoring affair.”
“Maybe the game against Blackburn goes to show we can’t all get carried away with Newcastle, and that they may not go on and romp this league. It may be a reality check.”
“But Newcastle don’t strike me as a club who would allow negativity to breed, and Rafa Benitez himself I’m sure is the type of boss who will put things into perspective.”
Newcastle have scored 36 goals in the Championship and are top scorers with Nottingham Forest next in line with 32 goals, but we have also only conceded 14 goals in 18 league games.
That’s the third best in the Championship to Brighton (11) and Derby (13).
Nottingham have the second worst defense in the league with 32 goals conceded and only bottom club Rotherham have let in more goals – 43.
We are usually decent in defense, but Forest are on form, so our defense will have to be on their toes tonight.
The fact that we’ve lost our two games this week has dented the confidence of fans and only one in two fans think we can win this game.
We need a win tonight.