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FA Cup - Football: Can Forest halt relentless Reds?

The final three FA Cup quarter-finals will be contested on Sunday, including a nostalgic clash at the City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

Championship promotion-hopefuls Forest are in good form, but they will face a stern test of their credentials against a relentless Liverpool side that will be aiming to take their latest step towards an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season.

The other two ties are all-Premier League affairs, with Crystal Palace entertaining Everton at Selhurst Park before Southampton face top-flight leaders Man City at St Mary's, and all three fixtures available to watch on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

A game of nostalgia at the City Ground

Nottm Forest vs Liverpool is a fixture steeped in history, with football fans of a certain age able to remember the titanic battle the two teams enjoyed in the first round of the 1978/79 European Cup, when then English champions Forest knocked out European title holders Liverpool on their way to winning the competition for the first time.

Brian Clough's side would go on to defend their European crown the following season, but they have struggled to live up to that legacy since, and they have not even played in the top-flight of English football since 1999.

However, things appear to be changing at the City Ground under head coach Steve Cooper, who has guided Forest from the foot of the Championship standings to the cusp of the play-off positions since his appointment in September, losing just four of his 31 matches in charge.

That sequence includes taking the scalps of both Arsenal and Leicester in this season's FA Cup, while they are unbeaten in nine home matches across all competitions, winning eight of those games.

Forest can be backed at 9/1 to continue that impressive run with a victory in 90 minutes on Sunday, while they are 5/1 to qualify for their first FA Cup semi-final in over 30 years, but how realistic is that against this Liverpool side?

Liverpool in unstoppable form

Sunday's hosts may be on an impressive run, but they will be coming up against arguably the most in-form team in Europe in Liverpool, who have lost just one of their last 18 matches across all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp's side have already lifted the EFL Cup this season - beating Chelsea in last month's final - while they are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League and have moved to within a point of Man City at the top of the Premier League following a nine-match winning run in the top flight.

That all leaves the Reds still on course for an unprecedented quadruple and they are unsurprisingly priced at 3/10 to beat Forest inside 90 minutes, with the draw available at 9/2.

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Both sides will be without key players for Sunday's contest, with Forest having to do without central defender Steve Cook and left wing-back Max Lowe after they both picked up injuries in last weekend's 4-0 hammering of Reading.

The absence of Lowe could prove particularly key, as Forest were forced to utilise midfielder Jack Colback as a makeshift wing-back during their midweek victory over QPR.

Colback could have to contend with Mohamed Salah during Sunday's contest, although the Egyptian forward is a slight doubt with a foot issue.

Liverpool will definitely be without full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is set be sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury.

Saints looking to frustrate City again

Southampton may wish this cup quarter final against Man City was being contested a couple of weeks ago, as when they knocked West Ham out of the competition at the start of March, they were on a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

However, since that 3-1 success over the Hammers, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side have lost three top-flight games in a row - not ideal preparations ahead of their clash with Pep Guardiola's league leaders.

That being said, Southampton have avoided defeat in their two previous meetings with City this season, following up a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium in September with a 1-1 draw at St Mary's earlier this year.

City will also come into this match having seen their lead at the top of the Premier League standings cut to just a single point after dropping points in recent league matches against Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

Guardiola has guided City to at least the semi-finals of the FA Cup in each of the last three seasons, and they are priced at 3/10 to win Sunday's match on the south coast inside 90 minutes, while the Saints can be backed at 9/1 and the draw is 9/2.

Light at the end of Everton's tunnel?

There has been plenty of doom and gloom surrounding Everton over recent months, as the Toffees had lost eight of their previous nine Premier League games heading into Thursday's home clash with Newcastle - a run that had left them firmly in a relegation battle.

That fear looked set to grow further when midfielder Allan was sent off against the Magpies with the score at 0-0, but Alex Iwobi popped up with a 99th-minute winner to send Goodison Park into raptures and boost Everton's hopes of survival.

Frank Lampard will now be hoping to build on that new-found hope when the Toffees travel to Selhurst Park to take on a Crystal Palace side that sit comfortably in mid-table and can therefore focus entirely on progressing in the cup.

Patrick Vieira's side are unbeaten in five matches across all competitions, including Monday's spirited league draw with Man City, and they are priced at 17/20 to win Sunday's tie without the need for extra-time, while Everton are 10/3 to make it two wins in a row, with the draw at 90 minutes 12/5.

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