Today’s free betting tips focus on the live televised Carabao Cup match on Sky Sports between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United.
There’s a chance for a potential upset tonight in the Carabao Cup where championship battlers Nottingham Forest take on a struggling and underinvested Newcastle United.
Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United
Date: Wednesday 29 August 2018
Kick-off time: 7:45pm (BST)
Venue: The City Ground
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Watch live on TV: Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event
Newcastle missing key players
Rafa Benitez has been hit with a list of injuries at the back and in midfield.
Newcastle will be without key players Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie through injury, and Isaac Hayden is suspended after picking up a red card in their last Premier League fixture at the weekend.
Newcastle are not happy campers
Benitez is also rumoured to have had a training ground bust up with Magpies captain Lascelles.
The club captain was reported to be upset about Benitez’s decision to play three at the back to face Chelsea, and was subsequently dropped from the squad.
In response to criticism regarding their overly defensive approach against Chelsea, Benitez said:
This year, you can talk and you can say whatever you want, but the transfer window will have an impact on tactics. With the team that we have, we are doing well – we could have drawn against Tottenham, we could have won against Cardiff, we could have drawn against Chelsea.
Forest have the desire and a plan
After an indifferent start to their season, following a spending spree on the summer, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is looking to take the Carabao Cup fixture this evening as an opportunity to gain some much-needed confidence in the new approach.
In his recent press conference Karanka said:
We have a plan, we know the plan and we cannot change every single week if we have lost or not played the best.
In the way they are training every day, the way they are approaching the games, you can feel the desire to win games in their faces. One day everything will be perfect and we will win a lot of games, for sure.
Best betting tip
Tonight’s match has all the ingredients for a traditional cup upset. After knocking out Arsenal at the city ground last season in the Carabao Cup, Karanka will have his players believing they can another Premier league scalp this time round.
Best Free Bet Scout is going for a narrow victory for Nottingham Forest.