Newcastle United are very much on course for an immediate return to England’s top flight next season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez as the Magpies have had an electric start to this season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign.
They are currently lying comfortably in 1st place.
The Magpies sit two points ahead of second place Brighton and Hove Albion after picking up a remarkable 13 wins from their opening 18 league games.
However, a much rotated Newcastle United team did suffer a shock defeat last time out in the league at the hands of relegation threatened Blackburn Rovers.
A shuffled pack did not pay dividends as they lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn and then crashed out of the EFL Cup against Hull City on penalties.
Benitez and his men will be desperate to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible and will no doubt be confident of doing so this Friday night when facing off against Nottingham Forest, who currently lie in 17th place.
Rafa must field this starting eleven if he is to claim all three points from the clash with Nottingham Forest…