Nottingham Forest are aiming to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser as West Ham United head to The City Ground on Sunday lunchtime (kick-off 12pm).The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Reading on New Year’s Day after conceding a 95th-minute goal but will want to get back on the winning trail against Sam Allardyce’s strugglers.
The last four meetings between the sides have all ended in West Ham victories but Forest will have a good chance to gain revenge against the injury-hit Hammers.
Billy Davies will need to check on the fitness of David Vaughan and Djamal Abdoun after the pair missed the draw at Reading on New Year’s Day.
Darius Henderson will be available for selection on his return from a three-match suspension while Jamie Paterson will be looking to hold onto his starting berth.
West Ham have a lengthy injury list which includes Andy Carroll, Mark Noble, Winston Reid, James Tomkins and Ricardo Vaz Te but Stewart Downing has returned from an Achilles problem.
Kevin Nolan will be suspended for the clash after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident at Craven Cottage and could be replaced by Matt Jarvis.
The Reds are unbeaten in seven matches in the league after the New Year’s Day draw at Reading and will hope to keep that run going in the FA Cup.
Forest took an impressive seven points from nine over the festive period but that tally could have been even better had The Reds not conceded a stoppage time equaliser at The Madejski Stadium.
Sheffield Wednesday (A) – Won 1-0
Ipswich (H) – Drew 0-0
Birmingham (A) – Drew 0-0
QPR (H) – Won 2-0
Leeds (H) – Won 2-1
Reading (A) – Drew 1-1
West Ham are in the midst of a poor sequence of results which has left them with just one win in eight matches in all competitions following their 2-1 defeat at Fulham on New Year’s Day.
The Hammers have dropped to second bottom in the Premier League but Sunday’s game will provide them with some much-needed respite from their league troubles.
Sam Allardyce’s side have been successful in the League Cup this season though and face a semi-final against Manchester City later this month.
Sunderland (H) – Drew 0-0
Tottenham (A)* – Won 2-1
Manchester United (A) – Lost 3-1
Arsenal (H) – Lost 3-1
West Bromwich Albion (H) – Drew 3-3
Fulham (A) – Lost 2-1
*Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over West Ham: 43 (38 League, 4 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
West Ham wins over Forest: 46 (41 League, 1 League Cup, 4 FA Cup)
Draws: 26 (25 League, 1 League Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came at Upton Park in January 2012 as West Ham ran out 2-1 winners in a Championship encounter.
Mark Noble bagged two penalties for The Hammers and despite Lewis McGugan’s late-minute strike, the home side held on to claim all three points.
The last game between the two clubs at The City Ground came back in August 2011 as goals from Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole, Winston Reid and an own goal from Luke Chambers secured an easy 4-1 win for West Ham.
Robbie Findley notched a consolation goal for Forest but it did nothing to prevent them from falling to a humiliating home defeat.
He Played For Both
Marlon Harewood came through the youth system at Forest and made over 200 appearances on Trentside, scoring 55 goals in the process before leaving for West Ham in 2003.
The striker made over 150 outings during a four-year stay at Upton Park, scoring 56 goals and was subsequently snapped by Aston Villa for £4million in 2007.
Harewood returned to Forest in 2012 on a free transfer but only made six appearances in as many months before moving to Barnsley at the start of the 2012-13 season.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Darren England and Simon Long
Fourth Official: Roger East
Forest are the 6/4 outsiders to progress into the fourth round on Sunday with the draw currently priced at 12/5.
Greg Halford has scored the opening goal in each of Forest last three matches and he can be backed at 7/1 to do so against The Hammers this weekend.
The Reds have proved difficult to beat at the back in recent weeks but supporters can bet on both teams to score on Sunday at odds of 4/5.
Check out all the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Sunday’s meeting with West Ham.
In this edition, priced £2, Fawaz Al Hasawi and Billy Davies talk about Forest’s excellent run of form while Danny Collins discusses his return from his long-term injury.
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 11am onwards on Sunday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
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.
Tickets for the match (Sunday 5 January, kick-off 12pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).