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Match preview: Forest vs Newcastle

28 August 2018

Nottingham Forest welcome Premier League side Newcastle United to The City Ground on Wednesday night in the second round of the Carabao Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds overcame Bury in the first round after a penalty shoot-out and their reward is a clash with Rafa Benitez's outfit on Trentside.

The two sides met at this stage of the competition last season, with Forest coming out on top at St James' Park, and Aitor Karanka will be hoping for a similar outcome to progress into the third round.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has confirmed that Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson are both doubts after the pair missed Saturday's draw with Birmingham with knocks.

Hillal Soudani is also doubtful, while Jack Colback is ineligible to face his parent club.

From the Forest camp

See below for the thoughts of Aitor Karanka ahead of the game.

Newcastle view

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is expecting a tough game when his side visit The City Ground tomorrow night.

Benitez knows that his side will have to be prepared for the challenge as they could face a potential upset in the competition.

He said: "I think we have experienced in the League Cup, and the FA Cup, that any team is very dangerous. Normally you approach the game changing players, because you have to give chances to other players and use your squad.

"To have a cup run is always good for the spirit. But at the end, you know it is very difficult. You have to find the balance. At Valencia, you could change seven players and still win. Now, to change seven players and keep winning, only the top sides can do that.

"Nottingham Forest have a good team. I know Aitor Karanka, and he is a good manager. It is a massive club. It is an important game, and hopefully we can do well. If we can win with the players we put on the pitch, I will be happy with that."

One to watch - Christian Atsu

With Rafa Benitez expected to make changes to his side for the clash, Christian Atsu is likely to get a chance to impress for The Magpies.

The explosive winger made a big impression during a loan spell in 2016-17 as Newcastle returned to the Premier League, and also shone last season as that move was made permanent from Chelsea.

The Ghanaian has found himself on the fringes so far this season but will be keen to make an impression should he get a chance in the side.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Newcastle wins - 49
Draws - 27

Last meeting - Newcastle 2-3 Forest (AET) (Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - Carabao Cup second round)


Tickets are still available for the game, with fantastic prices in all areas of the stadium. Season card holders can purchase tickets for jut £10, non-season card holders are able to gain access for £15 and it is also Kids for a Quid.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Hospitality packages are also available - click here for full details.


The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Northern section

Blackburn v Lincoln City
Burton v Aston Villa
Doncaster v Blackpool
Everton v Rotherham (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Hull v Derby
Leeds v Preston
Leicester v Fleetwood
Middlesbrough v Rochdale
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves
Stoke v Huddersfield (8pm)
Walsall v Macclesfield
West Brom v Mansfield (8pm)

Southern section

AFC Wimbledon v West Ham
Bournemouth v MK Dons
Brentford v Cheltenham
Brighton v Southampton
Cardiff v Norwich
Fulham v Exeter
Millwall v Plymouth (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Newport v Oxford
QPR v Bristol Rovers
Reading v Watford (Wednesday, 8pm)
Swansea v Crystal Palace (7.30pm)
Wycombe v Forest Green

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