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14 February 2014

A place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser is the prize when Nottingham Forest travel to Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds are aiming to reach the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1996 and will fancy their chances as they head to Bramall Lane on the back of a 16-match unbeaten run.

Forest have not won at the home of The Blades in almost ten years but will be hoping to break that poor run against the League One side and move into the quarter-finals.

Team News

Guy Moussi limped off at half-time against Huddersfield on Tuesday night with a suspected calf injury and may not be risked for another trip to Yorkshire this weekend.

Djamal Abdoun could miss out again after suffering an injury at Preston in the last round while Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan, Chris Cohen, Kelvin Wilson and Dexter Blackstock remain long-term absentees.

Sheffield United should be boosted by the return of captain Michael Doyle as he returns from a three-match ban following his red card against Fulham in the last round.

Blades boss Nigel Clough could also have Stephen McGinn and Chris Porter back after the duo picked up slight injuries in recent weeks.

Current Form

Forest have won four of their last five matches in all competitions and Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town extended their unbeaten run to 16 games.

Billy Davies’ men are in excellent scoring form having notched 13 goals in their last five matches and the 2-0 win at Preston in the fourth round shows their threat away from home.

The Reds have not lost a game on the road since their 3-1 defeat at Yeovil on 26 October and will hope to take their strong away form to Bramall Lane as they look to secure a quarter-final spot.

Preston (H)* - Drew 0-0
Watford (H) - Won 4-2
Yeovil (H) – Won 3-1
Preston (A)* - Won 2-0
Blackpool (A) – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-0
*FA Cup



Sheffield United have won their last two games without conceding a goal and should have enjoyed extra recovery time after their clash with Brentford on Wednesday was postponed.

Goals from Ryan Flynn and Stefan Scougall secured The Blades a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Shrewsbury Town in their last game and the three points should give them plenty of confidence.

Nigel Clough’s men shocked Premier League side Fulham in the last round to set up this tie and will be confident of causing another upset against Forest.

Notts County (A) – Lost 2-1
Bradford (H) – Drew 2-2
Fulham (H)* – Drew 1-1
Crewe (A) – Lost 3-0
Fulham (A)* – Won 1-0
Shrewsbury (H) – Won 2-0
*FA Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Sheffield United: 43 (40 League, 3 FA Cup)
Sheffield United wins over Forest: 42 (34 League, 1 League Cup, 7 FA Cup)
Draws: 30 (26 League, 1 League Cup, 3 FA Cup)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in March 2011 as Sheffield United ran out 2-1 winners in the Championship clash at Bramall Lane.

Forest had taken a first-half lead when Dele Adebola turned his man superbly before firing past home goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

Daniel Bogdanovic missed a penalty for The Blades after he had been fouled but Sam Vokes rifled in with 16 minutes to play to level the scores.

The home side got their winner with ten minutes remaining as Matthew Lowton rose highest to head home a Stephen Quinn corner.

He Played For Both

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp joined Sheffield United in 2007 from Scunthorpe and scored a memorable hat-trick in a 3-0 win over QPR in August 2008. The striker went on to make 64 appearances and score 13 goals during his Bramall Lane career before moving to Doncaster in 2010.

Sharp made the move to Forest on loan from Southampton in August 2012 and made a positive impression during his time on Trentside. He made 40 outings for The Reds last season and scored 11 goals including a brace in the Boxing Day win over Leeds at The City Ground.

Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Peter Bankes and Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the 13/10 favourites to progress to the quarter-finals on Sunday with the draw being priced at 23/10.

A slender 2-1 win for Forest has odds of 17/2 while a repeat of Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield is priced at 22/1.

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 correct at time of publishing)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have sold out their full allocation of tickets for this fixture.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 12pm and is priced at £12.

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 Sunday, there is a ‘Football Special’ service leaving Nottingham station at 12.01pm which will arrive in Sheffield at 12.49pm. The service will depart from Sheffield at 5.35pm after the game and will arrive back in Nottingham at 6.24pm.

For a full schedule of trains to Sheffield 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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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

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