After their efforts in the EFL quarter-finals on Tuesday, it is going to be a big ask of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side to get a result at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
Even before their cup exit on penalties at Hull City, Benitez was not happy with the scheduling for his team’s trip to the City Ground just three days later.
On a bitterly cold night on Humberside the Magpies gave their all but came up short against the Premier League strugglers and the added efforts during extra time and penalties will have taken their toll.
Newcastle went into that game after a surprising defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship and Forest will smell blood going into Friday’s encounter.
Forest have started to find some form in the league and wins over Ipswich and Barnsley in their last two outings has seen confidence increase at the City Ground.
With home advantage, a home win at 15/4 with ComeOn! for Forest looks a good price, against some potentially tired legs in the Newcastle ranks.
Moving on to Saturday’s action and Reading will be hoping they can climb a step closer to the automatic promotion places with a result at Fulham.
Reading, who are 27/10 to take all three points on the road, have won their last five games and are working wonders under manager Jaap Stam.
Fulham are in 10th place in the table and have really struggled to find any sort of consistency, with a real mixed bag of results in recent weeks.
The Cottagers are 1/1 to get the win but the Royals should be able to get the job done and make it six wins in a row.
Saturday’s late game sees Leeds United, who will also be feeling the effects their efforts of Tuesday night, host Aston Villa in front of a packed-out Elland Road.
Leeds gave a good account of themselves in their EFL Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool and will take plenty of positives into this game.
Star striker Chris Wood started from the bench against the Reds and should be fresh to face Villa, while Leeds will be hoping centre-back Pontus Jansson returns from illness.
Boss Steve Bruce has started to turn things around at Villa, who are unbeaten in their last seven.
This should be another real tussle between the former Premier League sides, who could cancel each other out, and so the draw at 21/10 with ComeOn! looks like it could be on the cards under the lights in West Yorkshire.