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Preview: Newcastle United (A)

22 August 2017

Nottingham Forest continue their Carabao Cup campaign with the second-round clash against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Wednesday night.

The Reds overcame Shrewsbury Town in the first round to reach this stage of the competition and will be looking to build on their positive early-season form when they make the trip north.

A victory over fellow North East side Middlesbrough on Saturday has boosted the spirits in the Forest camp ahead of the game against Rafa Benitez's side.

The Magpies enter the competition at this stage and will be hoping for an improvement as their return to the Premier League has heralded two defeats so far.

Click here to see the what Mark Warburton had to say on the game.

Team news

David Vaughan will miss the match after limping off with an injury against Middlesbrough, although it is not thought to be serious and he should be back in contention for the weekend. 

Chris Cohen, Matty Cash and Jamie Ward all remain sidelined while new signing Liam Bridcutt is cup-tied having played in the first round for Leeds United.

From the opposition

Speaking ahead of the clash, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: "The players know we have to keep working hard and improve, and they are quite confident that we can do that soon.

"In this case, we have a cup competition we will try to do well in. We have to use the squad, and try to progress.

"Forest will pass the ball, be well organised and will press.

"We train very hard every day, we analyse things and try to correct things. We have belief that we will improve and be better.

"You have to approach the cup competitions with ambition, and try to progress with the squad we have."

Tickets

Nottingham Forest have sold around 1,000 tickets for Wednesday night's game and tickets will remain on sale until 12pm on Wednesday.

Tickets are no longer on sale online and can only be purchased in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

Due to broadcasting restrictions, this match will not be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers.

However, audio commentary will be available from 7.15pm. Coverage will also be provided in the Match Centre and via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Grimsby v Derby (replayed first-round tie)

Crystal Palace v Ipswich (7.30pm)

Accrington v West Brom

Aston Villa v Wigan

Birmingham v Bournemouth

Brighton v Barnet

Cardiff v Burton

Carlisle v Sunderland

Doncaster v Hull

Fulham v Bristol Rovers

Leeds v Newport

Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe

MK Dons v Swansea

Norwich v Charlton

QPR v Brentford

Sheffield United v Leicester

Watford v Bristol City

Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday (8pm)

Reading v Millwall (8pm)

Cheltenham v West Ham (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Huddersfield v Rotherham (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Southampton v Wolves (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Blackburn v Burnley (Wednesday, 8pm)

Stoke v Rochdale (Wednesday, 8pm)


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