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4 February 2014

Nottingham Forest have a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser in their sights as they travel to Preston North End on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The two teams played out a goalless draw at The City Ground in the original tie but there will need to be a winner in the fourth-round replay at Deepdale.

Whoever comes out on top in Lancashire will face a trip to League One side Sheffield United in the fifth round.

Team News

Eric Lichaj missed Sunday’s clash with Yeovil through injury but will hope to return for the replay at Deepdale.

Chris Cohen (knee), Dexter Blackstock (knee) and Kelvin Wilson (back) remain on the sidelines but all three continue to make good progress in their recoveries from injury.

Preston’s on-loan striker Craig Davies will be ineligible for the game having already featured for his parent club Bolton earlier in the competition.

Kevin Davies could return to the North End side having completed a three-match suspension and will hope to partner former Forest forward Joe Garner in attack.

Current Form

The Reds made it five consecutive home league wins with Sunday’s 3-1 success over Yeovil Town at The City Ground and also stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions.

The win against The Glovers moved Forest to within six points of the Sky Bet Championship’s automatic promotion places and seven points clear of 7th-placed Ipswich.

Forest have not been beaten away from home in any competition since 26 October and will hope to keep their momentum going with a win at Deepdale.

West Ham (H)* – Won 5-0
Bolton (A) – Drew 1-1
Blackburn (H) – Won 4-1
Preston (H)* - Drew 0-0
Watford (H) - Won 4-2
Yeovil (H) – Won 3-1
*FA Cup

Preston are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions and Saturday’s 2-0 win over Notts County cemented their spot in the League One playoff places.

A goal from debutant Craig Davies and a penalty from Joe Garner gave The Lilywhites all three points at the weekend and they will head into this game in high spirits.

Simon Grayson’s side have lost just one of their last ten matches in both league and cup and haven’t lost on home soil since 21 December.

Wolves (A) – Lost 2-0
Ipswich (H)* – Won 3-2
Coventry (H) – Drew 1-1
Nottingham Forest (A)* – Drew 0-0
Bradford (A) – Drew 0-0
Notts County (H) – Won 2-0
*FA Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Preston: 30 (27 League, 3 FA Cup)
Preston wins over Forest: 39 (37 League, 2 FA Cup)
Draws: 25 (22 League, 3 FA Cup)                   

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came as recently as last month as they played out a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup fourth round at The City Ground.

Simon Cox went close for The Reds while Joe Garner did likewise for Preston but the game ended goalless to set up the replay at Deepdale.

The last time the two teams met in Lancashire was back in January 2011 as Forest won 2-1 in an FA Cup third-round tie on North End’s home soil.

Darren Carter had put The Lilywhites ahead but goals from Paul Anderson and Luke Chambers turned the game on its head and sent The Reds into the fourth round.


He Played For Both

Joe Garner

Joe Garner joined Forest in 2008 from Carlisle and scored the third goal in The Reds’ memorable 3-0 FA Cup win at Manchester City in January 2009. The striker made 55 appearances and scored ten goals during his City Ground career before moving to Watford in 2011.

Garner made the move to Preston from Vicarage Road in January 2013 and has revived his form with The Lilywhites. He has currently made 41 outings for North End and scored 14 goals in the process.


Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Richard West and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley


Nottingham Forest are the 13/10 favourites to progress to the fifth round on Wednesday night with the draw being priced at 9/4.

There are odds of 9/1 being offered on another goalless draw while a 2-1 win for Forest is priced slightly shorter at 8/1.

The Reds have not been beaten on their travels since 26 October and supporters can back them to be winning at half-time and full-time at odds of 5/2.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have received an initial allocation of 1,250 unreserved seat tickets located behind the goal in The Bill Shankly Kop.

As of 11am on Sunday 2 February, approximately 650 tickets from this allocation had been sold.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 3pm and is priced at £16.

For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Nottingham Forest benefit from every rail ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through the official Nottingham Forest website.

On Wednesday, the 3.47pm service from Nottingham arrives in Preston at 6.35pm which should leave supporters with plenty of time to make the 25-minute journey across to Deepdale.

For a full schedule of trains to Preston and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.

Follow The Game

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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