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Newcastle At Nottingham Forest – Team Prediction, Injuries, And Fan Expectations

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.

Newcastle Injuries

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.

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121 comments so far

  • scott

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #81

    Zhongguo Geordie

    You become a spy in the other camp! 😀 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #82

    For anyone not familiar or can’t remember Henry Lansbury. We played Forest away on a Friday, all game he cheated and dove, he got Shelvey and Dummet sent off with play acting, can’t remember if it was him who missed the pens as well. At the final whistle he celebrated like he’d won the league despite his cheating reducing us to nine men. He somehow managed to be ‘injured’ for the return fixture so we thought we’d never see him again. As fate would have it he signed for Villa and couldn’t swerve the game at his new club. He got serious stick all night but midway through the second half a corner came in, he was on the near post and some comical defending saw him score an own goal. You couldn’t write it. It was sheer bliss as 50K Geordies sang in unison “Henry Lansbury is a w@nker is a……”

  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #83

    Shame about Viera

    PL relegation battle is very tight and up to12th place

    Other clubs have already pulled trigger on their managers and Palace knowing can’t now change players then play only other card available

    They clearly do need some momentum which for whatever reason Viera hasn’t been able to change this year

    Will it work? Not sure but clearly fans are looking for something better especially when they look at other London club like Brentford and Fulham and some worrying improvements at Bournemouth and Southampton

    Not a fan of Palace but do like Viera – see what he does next

  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #84


    I think Lansbury missed one of them

  • Small World

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #85

    Raj of Hailsley:

    Yes Lansbury missed the 2nd pen, and of course got all the stick when with Villa. It all came back to me after seeing that article.

  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #86

    Hmmm i see from NUFC.Com that Johnson “is rated doubtful”

    Mindgames from Cooper?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #87

    6 Hours 38 Mi9nutes to KO.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #88

    Speaking of Sarsaparilla, a group of us would go into a chemist on Gateshead high street after training with Gateshead Harriers and get his own brewed version and it we bloody loverly.

    As for Guinness it is a drink that grows on you, wasn’t to keen on it once but love it now.

    1st time I really sampled it properly was in the back of a shop in Ireland, where it took some time to pour from a barrel! 🙂

  • The Prince's Mate

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #89

    To date, there’s actually 47 folks think we’ll lose tonight???

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #90

    Poor old Niafron, now has to work until he is 64!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #91


    Not bothered if he does play, BDB will keep him under control!

  • ottawageordie2

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #92

    Back in the 50’s Benwell was a safe and decent place to live. I was visiting in 77 and all of the nice big houses on Park Road had been torn down and replaced with some kind of row/terrace housing. Looked like real slums and obviously the whole area went downhill from then on. Don’t know what it’s like now.

  • niafron

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #93


    Perhaps in the 18th district ( North Paris ), we will see depending of the circumstances… but i send you an email and we will fix that.

    Will be a Sunday, so i will be free to move if you’re not in the Neighborhood.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #94

    Scotchy Skins ??

    Nah Raj …. FAB = Fenham Aggro Boys
    PES = Plaza Elite Squad

    Crazy days the early 80’s for sure.

    I hear you were in the “Seaburn Casuals” and the “sand dancer flop flip Midget Crew” in the 80’s and 90’s


  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #95

    But the best I was part of in my early 20’d has to be 42 squadron

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #96

    Come on now Fenners, we all know that FAB was the Flabby aggro boys 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #97

    I shall look forward to it, I’ll e mail admin to pass on my details.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #98

    Hah touché

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #99

    Do you know any bars where there are likely to be a few more Newcastle fans.

  • Toon fans bad

    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #100

    Thought Ian Woan is with Dyche at Everton? Sure I seen him in the dug out when I watched an Everton tother day.

    I’m going for a win and a Botman goal. It’ll happen at some point as it’s just maths!

    47 folk think we’ll get turned over, sheesh!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #101

    Any idea how many attempts on goal Botman has, I’m sure someone will be able to find that out.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #102

    Jesus not only do you poms try to call our actors English, you are now calling Guinness your own too! Guinness is quintessentially Irish, owned by the French.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #103

    Yes woan is on the Dyche ticket

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #104
  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #105

    Ah well, the relative peace was nice when it was there but give it a few hours……


  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #106

    It is falsely claimed that POM is an abbreviation of Prisoner of Mother England, it is in fact short for pomegranate, and it was due to their awful complexions after so long at sea.

  • Swanny

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #107

    When the house was pulled down in Benwell (65-66) we got shifted to Cowgate.
    Benwell was a closed shop to outsiders, people in those days really looked after each other, they had too, nobody had 2 bob to rub together.
    Once got picked up by the Police, I was walking the streets and the bobbie took me home, the bobbie came back later with a pair of shoes for me.

    Cowgate was like dodge, even as bairns you learnt to keep yourself to yourself, very different to Benwell.

  • jimiley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #108

    2. 0 tonight and a comfortable win.
    Isak and Bruno will score.
    Interesting article in Juventus press that we might sway Isak for Vlahovic. We would add cash I suppose.
    Not sure about it. Isak showed real quality last game. Easily his best game until wrongly taken off after 70. He may just be starting to get into his stride. I think most fans would take the Serb but I am not so sure

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #109

    I thought it was the Aussies that called the British Poms? It’s reference to Australia’s past as a convict colony I thought ?

    It’s the first time I’ve heard an Irish person label a Brit a Pom?

    Anyway Munster G,day mate…

    Happy St Patrick’s day to all our cousins from over the pond in the Emerald Isles. Have a great day lads 😉

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #110

    G !!!!! That was the highlight of my week.

  • jimiley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #111

    I would swap Isak for Haaland but I doubt City would swap. 39 goals in 37 games and most games he gets taken off after 70. Imagine trying to get Shearer off with a couple of goals to his name after 70 mins. If Haaland played 90 every game he would be nearer 50 goals. A decent player

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #112

    FAB took one look at our rugby team and went… nah!. only saw the first two and the rest of us came around the corner.

  • Ronway

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #113

    WLtoon – Mar 17, 2023 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #68

    I can`t watch the match live, so where can i find a replay on my Firestick? anyone got a heads up for me ?

    I haven’t tried the link yet but The Geordie Mongrel posted one which shows recorded games soon after they’re finished and has been cleared as OK with the Blog Admin (Neil).


  • Vask

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #114

    So if we get into Europe will the away games go on sale to the general public or will one have to have a membership or a pal with a season ticket?

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #115

    Swanny, I still remember when I was 10 years old. I would cycle up to Cowgate to do my Grandad’s shopping. A boy around my age said “you have a posh voice”. Try telling that down here 🙂

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #116

    just for the blog

    “Pom” comes from pomegranate, which was used as particularly tenuous rhyming slang for “immigrant”. But most Australians call the English poms (or whinging poms) without thinking about the origin of the term. Detailed answer: Australians have long used “pom” as a nickname for English people, to the point where most can’t even remember why.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #117

    Loyalty points probably, they need to allocate 25% to ballot I think, it’s become a closed shop. OR get loyalty points for attending the women’s at SJP, tin hat on now 😕

  • cleveleysbob

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #118

    Loving the recollections of Benwell. I lived there from 1957 – 72 when I left to marry our lass.

    It’s where I first drank alcohol, first sang in church choir, got confirmed, joined scouts (briefly), taught young uns at Sunday School, learned to dance (properly) @ Bill & Betty’s in Atkinson Road, had my 1st smoke, 1st paper round, 1st girlfriend, 1st run in with Police (despite my Dad being one), 1st match with mates instead of Dad, 1st job, 1st got laid, 1st getting paralytic, in fact most of my significant 1st’s were achieved in Benwell, it has a lot to answer for. 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #119

    Sir P,
    I read a great book by Robert Hughes, Fatal Shore, the history of colonial Australia. He said it was pomegranate due to their ruddy complexions. That guy knew his onions.

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 17, 2023 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #120

    On a few things…

    I think Neil is correct with the line up it will be as you were – the possible exceptions could be Almiron coming in Murphy and/or Lascelles coming in for Schar given he is reported as injured for Switzerland (but of course that might not be 100% true)

    My main recollection of us vs Forest is from our first Ashley season in the Championship. I had a Forest supporting mate staying with me for that game. I remember him being genuinely really scared about being an away fan in the home end (the seats I got us were in Platinum Club ffs!) and me telling him it will be fine mate just don’t wear Forest colours or get overexcited if your lot score. Once we got to Newcastle he was panicking about going into pubs in toon especially Shearers once we got to SJP, again I told him nothing to worry about – people here are really friendly unless you behave like a total cretin. As we went to our seats he told me how surprised he was that I was right everyone was really friendly and he had really enjoyed the day so far. He didn’t enjoy the game so much though, he spent most of it muttering obscenities at me as NUFC cruised to a 2-0 win.


    You nicked my thing!!! I always predict a Botman goal as sooner or later I will be correct. I will let you have it this week though as I fancy an Isak hat-trick not least cos I put him in my FPL team.


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