Don Goodman has been taking a look at the Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United clash on Sunday night.
Newcastle lost to Forest 3-2 in extra time at St James Park in the same second round a year ago
Rolando Aarons and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Newcastle’s goals that night but neither will be involved this time.
Predicting the score of these games is arguably less difficult than guessing who will and won’t play.
Rafa Benitez indicating on Tuesday that he is set to make numerous changes to his team and bemoaned the fact that a lack of transfer backing in the summer makes it very difficult to attack the cups.
Don Goodman has taken over prediction duties for the League Cup in this competition and he believes extra time is once again calling.
The former Sunderland striker thinks it will be a 1-1 draw and matters will be sorted in extra time or penalties.
Six games this season have seen Forest win one and draw five, whilst Newcastle have drawn once and lost two, little wonder that the prediction is a draw.
A lot of interest will focus on who plays up front and whilst Rafa will play a ‘weaker’ team, the likes of Yoshinori Muto will surely get a game and we will see ow well he gets on alongside Rondon, Joselu or Perez.
A tough one to call as wait to see if Rafa’s Newcastle pick up their first win of the season on Wednesday night.
Don Goodman talking to Sky Sports:
“I think it’ll be very tight.
“Forest are unbeaten but they have drawn four of their five Championship games so far, while Newcastle have had it tough, having faced, and lost to, Spurs and Chelsea already.
“Rafa will keep it tight and make things really difficult.
“Although you’d think they might try and open up a little bit more against a Championship side.
“I’m going to go for a draw.
“Prediction is Nottingham Forest 1 Newcastle United 1.”
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