Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Date: Friday, 30th December, 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: St. James Park, Newcastle.
Shelvey sits out the second of a five-match ban which he picked up after being found guilty of using racially abusive language.
Forest defender Joe Worrall is a doubt after being subbed in the second-half of Sunday's defeat by Huddersfield.
Manager Philippe Montanier is hopeful about the fitness of Ben Osborn after he picked up a knock in the same game.
Pajtim Kasami is expected to return to the Forest squad after illness for the second meeting between these two sides in less than a month.
The Reds won a controversial encounter 2-1 at the City Ground, which saw Newcastle reduced to nine men, but had the red cards to Shelvey and Paul Dummett overturned on appeal.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Head to Head Statistics
Newcastle lost the reverse of this fixture earlier this month, Nottingham defeated them 2-1 at the City Ground.
Nevertheless, Newcastle are the better side in their previous meetings having won 32 of their 70 meetings.
Nottingham have won 21 games against Newcastle and drawn 17.
At St. James’ Park Newcastle have won 18 games, they have lost 8 games to Nottingham and drawn 8 games.
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
Newcastle United are strong favorites in this game, as they are in a much better form compared to their visitors. They will be aiming to revenge their defeat to Nottingham Forest in the reverse of this game.
We don’t see Nottingham winning Newcastle at St. James’ Park as they have won just twice on the road this championship season. Also they have conceded at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 away games and we thinks that may be the case here too
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Newcastle to Win and Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05)
Over 1.5 team goals for Newcastle at 1.50 (1/2).