Newcastle travel to Nottingham Forest this evening for a chance at two straight victories. Taking another three points into the looming international break would be a very satisfying result.
Newcastle got back to winning ways against Wolves last weekend. Eddie Howe made five changes for that match. While there are some questions on fitness, I suspect Howe will name the following unchanged eleven for tonight.
Howe expects to have the majority of his squad available. He will be without at least three players through injury and suspension. Both Calum Wilson and Fabian Schar appear to be struggling for full fitness.
With time to recover afterward, both should be available with Schar resuming his partnership with Sven Botman. Wilson was a substitute against Wolves after missing training last week. I suspect that will again be the case tonight.
Leaving Miguel Almiron out again could be controversial. The Paraguayan started every league match prior to last weekend’s. He came on as an impact sub and grabbed a late winner. Jacob Murphy played well and could keep his place with Howe hoping for late heroics again from Miggy.
Newcastle are in decent shape injury-wise barring any undisclosed issues. Forest, on the other hand, have significant problems with many players ruled out. Chris Wood is ineligible per the terms of his January transfer.
Emil Krafth (knee), Anthony Gordon (ankle), Joelinton (suspension), Harrison Ashby (hamstring)
Nottingham Forest Injuries
Willy Boly (thigh), Scott McKenna (thigh), Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf), Wayne Hennessey (knee),
Chris Wood (ineligible), Brennan Johnson (groin – fitness test), Cheickou Kouyate (thigh – fitness test)
Our poll reveals plenty of optimism heading into the match. Almost 80% of respondees are predicting another win. Three points would help further cement Newcastle’s claim for a European place by season’s end.