Newcastle United are looking to get their season up and running in Wednesday’s League Cup clash against Nottingham Forest at St James' Park.
The Magpies have endured a poor start to the season on their return to the Premier League, failing to score in defeats to Tottenham and Huddersfield Town. They need a win to get things going.
Forest, meanwhile, recently returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Middlesbrough in the Championship, making it three wins out of four in England’s second-tier following an earlier loss to Barnsley.
If last season’s form is anything to go by, then this one could go either way, as Newcastle won the corresponding Championship fixture 3-1 at home after losing 2-1 away at the City Ground.
"We know it is a very tough test; it is a top-class venue, a team with magnificent pedigree in the Premier League managed by a top-class manager in Rafa Benitez," said Forest manager Mark Warburton. "We know what we face but we are in good form."
In team news, Newcastle will be without French defender Florian Lejeune due to an ankle injury while DeAndre Yedlin is not yet ready to return from his hamstring injury. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is suspended.