Newcastle travel to the City Ground for the 17:30 kick-off on Saturday and Eddie Howe’s side will have revenge on their minds after the Boxing Day defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The Tricky Trees shocked St James’ Park the day after Christmas, picking up a 3-1 victory in which former Magpies striker Chris Wood netted all three goals for the visitors.
Forest are just two points and two places above the relegation zone heading into this weekend’s fixtures, while Newcastle are in ninth position and still harbour ambitions of a European finish.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK.
The game will be played at the City Ground with a kick-off time of 17:30 GMT on Saturday 10th February 2024.
It has been a mixed bag for Forest since Nuno Espirito Santo took charge, with the Portuguese tactician recording two wins, three losses and a draw from his six Premier League matches.
That lack of consistency has been seen at the City Ground, where the Tricky Trees have lost to Bournemouth and Arsenal but also defeated Manchester United.
Defence has been a problem area for Forest, who have conceded 16 goals in Nuno’s 10 matches at the helm in all competitions and only kept one clean sheet - that coming against Championship outfit Bristol City in the FA Cup.
Newcastle, although still suffering with a host of injuries, head into this fixture on a three-game unbeaten streak and in fine scoring form, having netted nine times across that trio of matches.
The Magpies have also racked up three away wins in a row, beating Sunderland and Fulham in the FA Cup before becoming the first side to win at Villa Park in the league.
Howe’s troops have the extra motivation to avenge that Boxing Day defeat and they can deliver the goods in Nottingham.
Argentine Gonzalo Montiel struggled for opportunities under former Forest boss Steve Cooper, but he has been a favourite since Nuno’s arrival and he is likely to retain his place in the starting XI.
The 27-year-old hasn’t quite got to grips with the Premier League and he has been no stranger to the book, with four yellow cards picked up from just nine top-flight appearances.
With the likes of Harvey Barnes, Miguel Almiron and potentially Tino Livramento running at him down his right side, Montiel could find himself in a spot of bother and a fifth caution of the season may be coming his way.
Speaking of Englishman Barnes, he rounds off the final leg of this Bet Builder with the forward to have over 0.5 shots on target.
The 26-year-old made his long-waited return from injury in the 4-4 draw at home to Luton last weekend and he made quite the impact, netting the final goal in the St James’ Park thriller.
Barnes will be raring to go having missed so much of the campaign and it would be no surprise to see him register at least one shot on target against a Forest side that have the joint-fourth worst defence in the division.
Chris Wood is out with a thigh injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until the end of March, while Ibrahim Sangare, Ola Aina, Willy Boly and Serge Aurier are all at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Alexander Isak, Joelinton, Nick Pope, Matt Targett and Elliot Anderson are all ruled out through injury, while Sandro Tonali is suspended.
Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock are close to returning and could be involved. Anthony Gordon is a doubt after twisting his ankle against Luton last time out.
Forest won the reverse fixture 3-1 at St James’ Park on Boxing Day, with ex-Magpies striker Chris Wood bagging a hat-trick against his former employers.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their five Premier League matches at the City Ground, winning two and drawing three.
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