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Match preview: Newcastle (A)

29 December 2016

Nottingham Forest make the trip to Newcastle United for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Friday 30 December (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest head to the North East aiming to stop a run of three defeats in four, with two own goals sending The Reds to a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day. Head coach Philippe Montanier will be hoping for more luck on Tyneside in the final game of 2016. 

Newcastle United will be aiming to bounce back after a surprise defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday last time out, the defeat was their second in the last six games and ended a run of three straight wins.

United will also be seeking for revenge after Forest won the reverse fixture at the start of December 2-1, thanks to Nicklas Bendtner's strike and a Jamaal Lascelles own goal in a game filled with controversy.

Michael Mancienne is suspended for the trip to Newcastle having been sent off in the defeat to Huddersfield, but the match saw a return to match action for Britt Assombalonga and Jack Hobbs who are both likely to feature.

There are doubts surrounding Ben Osborn and Joe Worrall who both picked up knocks, while Pajtim Kasami is set to return after missing the Huddersfield match through illness. 

Jack Colback made his return from injury for Newcastle in the defeat against Sheffield Wednesday and is likely to be involved again, while Jonjo Shelvey continues his suspension after being banned for five games.

Nottingham Forest

Barnsley (A) - Won 5-2
Newcastle (H) - Won 2-1
Derby County (A) - Lost 3-0
Preston (H) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (H) - Lost 2-0
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1

Newcastle United

Hull City (A - EFL Cup) - Drew 1-1 (Lost 3-1 on penalties)
Nottingham Forest (A) - Lost 2-1
Birmingham (H) - Won 4-0
Wigan (A) - Won 2-0
Burton (A) - Won 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 1-0

Dwight Gayle

Pacy forward Dwight Gayle's goals have proved crucial for Newcastle this season as they fight for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

With 17 goals in 21 appearances this season, the former Crystal Palace man is leading the charts and will play a key role if Newcastle are to be successful this season.

With electrifying pace and a high work-rate, Gayle will be the one to watch at St James' Park on Friday night.

Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be another tough Championship game and it’s just around the corner for us, which is good because we need to bounce back from this loss and put in a performance and get another good run of victories.

"We know it will be difficult but we back ourselves against anyone at home. We'll have 11 v 11 and it will be another tough Championship game but we know we really need to get going and nail it on Friday night. 

“We’re not really looking for revenge, it’s just a game we need to look at winning. We need to win to ensure we get back on top and stay on top. It’s just another game where we need to get the three points and go on another winning run.”

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £27
Seniors (over 65-years-of-age) - £22
Under 18s - £14
Full-time students - £14

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on New Year's Eve, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Newcastle - 4/11
Nottingham Forest - 15/2
Draw - 19/5

To score first:

Dwight Gayle - 2/1
Aleksandar Mitrovic - 4/1
Britt Assombalonga - 7/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 10/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Aston Villa v Leeds (kick-off 7.45pm, Thursday)
Rotherham v Burton (kick-off 7.45pm, Thursday)
Brighton v Cardiff (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Ipswich v Bristol City (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Reading v Fulham (kick-off 8pm, Friday)
Huddersfield v Blackburn (kick-off 12.30pm)
Barnsley v Birmingham
Derby v Wigan
Preston v Sheffield Wednesday
Wolves v Queens Park Rangers
Brentford v Norwich (kick-off 5.30pm)

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