Newcastle United eyes top four finish

Newcastle United eyes top four finish

Newcastle United is looking to enter the top four with a win against Nottingham Forest, hoping to secure Champions League spot. A win in this match is a boost to the chances of Newcastle to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Forest on the other hand is looking to add more points, to escape a highly contested relegation battles. Although they are at the 14th, the bottom nine teams are just separated by five points. With that, a win is their main goal coming into this match. Additionally, the Forest will host this match against Newcastle on March 18, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams already played 113 matches, and it was the visitors who has the impressive record here. The visitors have won 52 games, compared to the hosts’ 24 victories, while the remaining matches ended in draw. However, given the format of this game, it seems like the hosts are the ones more confident coming into this game. They never lost a single game at home since October last year. Meanwhile, the visitors are struggling on the road, seeking to win on the road for the first time this year. Will the host continue their winning run at home, or the visitors can finally earn a win at home?

Newcastle United

Premier League: Newcastle United
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Newcastle is currently at the fifth of the league table with 44 points across their names. Although they are four points behind from the team at the fourth, they still have the chance of clinching a spot in the top four. This squad comes into this game from a 2-1 win against the Wolves. They are hoping for a similar result coming into this game, as it will give them the confidence for their Champions League chances. However, things may be tough for them since they are playing away from home. Their record this year on the road does not look optimistic, as they have yet to win a match on their away games. They need to address their inconsistencies for this match, which keeps them from earning a win. Fortunately, they have an impressive squad who could help them get a victory.

While Emil Krafth remains to be out in this game, they have a new concern with Anthony Gordon sustaining ankle injury. Joelinton on the other hand will serve his suspension, which is why he is unavailable in this game.

Nottingham Forest

Premier League: Nottingham Forest

The Forest on the other hand are at the 14th of the league table with 26 points across their names. Although they are four places above the relegation zone, there are just two points difference from the team below the relegation zone. Fortunately for them, they have been impressive so far this season. However, they are coming from a 3-1 loss against the Tottenham Hotspur. With that, they are aiming to bounce back in this match, so as to avoid the close relegation zone. The Forest are capable of pulling off an upset in this game, but they need to double their efforts if they want to. They can gain confidence from the fact that they are doing well at home, and are in a good momentum for this match. Since October of last year, the Forest are undefeated at home, so the format of this match works on their favor.

However, the Forest are dealing with injury blow last weekend, which made them short-handed in this match. Hennessey, Johnson, and Wood all picked up injuries at the second half of their last match. Scarpa on the other hand is unavailable as well, as he is dealing with some personal matters. Meanwhile, Kouyate could already return in this match.

Prediction:

Newcastle United (2.5)
Odds: -0.87

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