David Prutton believes Newcastle will fail to win for a third game in a row on Friday night.
Pundit David Prutton has described Newcastle United's defeat to Blackburn Rovers as a big reality check for the Championship leaders, and has predicted them to fail to win for a third game in a row on Friday night, writing for Sky Sports.
The Magpies had won their last nine matches in all competitions heading into what looked like a home banker against Blackburn last weekend.
However, they slipped to a surprise 1-0 home defeat, only their fourth Championship loss since their relegation in May.
That was followed by another disappointing result on Tuesday night, throwing away a 1-0 extra-time lead to ultimately lose on penalties to Hull City as they were knocked out of the EFL Cup.
They are back in action with a third game in seven days pm Friday night as they travel to Nottingham Forest, and Prutton believes that after the "reality check" of the last week, they will fail to win for a third game in a row.
The former Forest midfielder wrote for Sky Sports: "Dwight Gayle should come back into the picture, as should Jamaal Lascelles who has been superb this season and will get to play at his former team and show them where he is at the moment.
"But they're up against a Forest team who look resurgent and a lot more focused to be honest. I think this is going to be a draw, but a high-scoring affair. [He predicted a 2-2 scoreline.]
"Maybe the game against Blackburn goes to show we can't all get carried away with Newcastle, and that they may not go on and romp this league. It may be a reality check. But Newcastle don't strike me as a club who would allow negativity to breed, and Rafa Benitez himself I'm sure is the type of boss who will put things into perspective."
Newcastle's lead at the top of the Championship table was cut to two points as a result of their defeat to Blackburn, and the players and fans will be desperate to see a return to winning ways before the majority of action kicks off this weekend.