A fifth-round tie at home to Manchester United is the prize up for grabs when Nottingham Forest and Bristol City play to the finish in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.
City more than held their own in a 0-0 draw in the first tie at Ashton Gate and have to be bullish about their chances of claiming a second top-flight scalp when they head to the City Ground on Wednesday night.
The game will be played at the City Ground with a kick-off time of 19:45 GMT on Wednesday 7th February 2024.
Bristol City toppled West Ham after a replay in round three of the FA Cup and have to be confident they can repeat the feat against another Premier League opponent.
Even though this replay is away rather than at Ashton Gate, City showed more than enough in the away tie against West Ham and in the 0-0 draw at home to Forest to suggest they have the requisite quality and fight to be able to run Nuno Espirito Santo’s men close.
Neither side is in the greatest of form in terms of results but City had drawn five of their previous eight before succumbing 1-0 at home to Championship high-fliers Leeds at the weekend.
Forest made really hard work of beating League One Blackpool in round three - drawing both games before getting up at Bloomfield Road in extra-time, Chris Wood netting the winner.
Wood is one of many players not available to Nuno, whose eyes must be on Saturday’s home game against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Forest and Bristol City have been on a corner crusade in the FA Cup this season and that should continue at the City Ground.
City’s two matches against West Ham produced 14 and 15 corners, the Robins winning six in each game.
Forest’s two matches against Blackpool - stripping out extra time in the replay - produced seven and 17 with Forest responsible for all seven in the home game and nine in the return at Bloomfield Road.
Even allowing for the increased amount of injury time this season, it’s worth chancing there isn’t a goal scored from minute 77:59 onwards.
Only two of Bristol City’s last nine matches - and none of their three FA Cup ties - have seen goals later than the 77th minute. Indeed, those nine matches have produced just 13 goals in total - new boss Liam Manning has got them well organised defensively.
There wasn’t a goal at all in the first showdown between these sides and there’s no guarantee there will be many (or any) in the replay.
Chris Wood (hamstring) is out for a while and Callum Hudson-Odoi is a major doubt after being injured in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.
Midfield pairing Ryan Yates and Nico Dominguez are suspended and new signings, keeper Matz Sels and forwards Gio Reyna and Rodrigo Ribeiro, are unavailable.
Skipper Matty James is a doubt and, with Taylor Gardner-Hickman suspended, manager Liam Manning is weighing up his midfield options. Cam Pring is also banned for this one.
Forest are without a 90-minute win in their last six matches. They have kept just one clean sheet at home this season.
City have won one of their last nine, eight of which have produced two goals or less. Five of their last nine have ended in draws.
|Nottingham Forest wins
|Bristol City wins
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