Forest set to face 50,000 on Monday?

Newcastle and Nottingham Forest face off in a first versus third battle which could go a long way to securing the Magpies' return to the Premier League should they see off Billy Davies' side.

A home win has been the outcome on fifteen occasions at St James's this season, Newcastle's other four league games on their own patch ending in draws.

"We've got the best home record in the country because we've got the best fans in the country," Toon boss Chris Hughton told his club's official website.

"It's fantastic to have that backing and a crowd of 50,000 would be testament to their support this season and devotion to the team."

The Reds will be backed by a travelling army of their own despite the change of date to a Monday night, the club confirming on Friday that they had sold out their allocation of tickets.