David Prutton attempted to make a bit of a name for himself last season, invariably predicting that Newcastle United would fail to win week by week, as Rafa Benitez led his players to promotion and then the second tier title.
It is League Cup action this week and now that the likes of Paul Merson are taking care of Premier League predictions, it is a rare opportunity for David Prutton to once again have his say about NUFC.
The Sky Sports expert points to Newcastle allegedly having problems at both ends of the pitch.
Then combining that with Forest winning three of their four Championship matches, Prutton has predicted a ‘shock at St James Park’.
The pundit forecasting Newcastle failing to score and going out at the first attempt to Forest.
Daryl Murphy did an excellent job when called upon last season for Newcastle and has already scored three Championship goals for Forest, including the winner on Saturday against Middlesbrough.
David Prutton believes he will be ‘desperate’ to score against his ‘old side where he didn’t get much of a look-in’.
Hopefully David Prutton is as successful with his cup predictions as he was last season with his Championship ones.
David Prutton talking to Sky Sports:
“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.
“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.”
David Prutton predicts: Newcastle United 0 Nottingham Forest 1