Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over the likes of Ipswich Town and Barnsley, Nottingham Forest take on Newcastle United on Matchday 19 in what is expected to be a lively contest. The Reds regained a much-needed confidence, but Friday’s football match against the league leaders will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Anyhow, Forest have been impressive in front of goal of late and we predict that they are going to find the net against Newcastle United. The Magpies failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend and, no doubt, they are desperate to make amends for the defeat. Rafa Benitez is likely to recall top scorer Dwight Gale to the starting line-up and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Nine goals were scored in Nottingham’s last two league fixtures and there is every chance we will see goals galore at the City Ground.
Highlighted Player (Henri Lansbury):
Henri Lansbury began his youth career at Norwich City, but he soon moved to Arsenal. Lansbury made his first-team debut for the Gunners on 31 October, 2007 in the League Cup win over Sheffield United. It has to be noted that he came from the bench and replaced Theo Walcott. After spending three years on loan at Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United, the 183-cm-tall midfielder signed a four-year deal with Nottingham Forest on 28 August, 2012. He has established himself as a first-team regular and he made 128 league appearances for the Reds before the start of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign. Henri Lansbury has 21 caps for England U21 team and he used to play for England U16, U17 and U19 teams in the past as well. In September 2011, he produced his best performance for the U21 team in a thrilling 6-0 win over Azerbaijan. Lansbury scored a brace against Azerbaijan and provided two assists for his teammates back then.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.