Charlie Nicholas predicts Hull v Newcastle
Charlie Nicholas has been taking a look at tonight’s Hull v Newcastle clash.
Newcastle fans ‘honoured’ having one of the main Sky Sports talking heads, rather than the usual lower league forecasts of Ian Holloway and now his replacement David Prutton.
However, Charlie Nicholas doesn’t think he’ll be needed to predict Newcastle’s chances in the semi-finals…
The Sky Sports pundit thinks it will be a win for Hull, forecasting a 2-1 scoreline and Robert Snodgrass to score first.
Nicholas does though concede that it is ‘a tough one to call’ and finds it hard to understand why the bookies have made Newcastle favourites.
He clearly sees an expected to be recalled Dwight Gayle as a big plus for NUFC and points to the problems Mike Phelan has with such a small first team squad, something Rafa Benitez doesn’t have to contend with.
The last round saw Hull make six changes and Newcastle seven, so will it come down to which Manager wants it the most and picks his strongest team?
Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:
“It does surprise me that Newcastle are favourites to a degree, although given the way Thommo (Phil Thompson) was talking about Hull they hardly turned the corner by salvaging a draw against West Brom.
“The problem for Hull is that they can’t really rest anybody, which is worrying for their Premier League survival hopes but means they have to pretty much go with their best team here.
“They’re seem to be having the most problems with their midfield, Tom Huddlestone dropped and Ryan Mason hauled off at half-time.
“Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez tried to play it clever by leaving out Dwight Gayle among others at the weekend and it backfired, with a troubling loss killing their momentum.
“In terms of value, Hull are appealing here as the outsiders in what I see as a tough one to call.”
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