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Match pack: Watford (H)

29 January 2016

A place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup is at stake when Nottingham Forest take on Premier League Watford at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest made it 13 games without defeat in midweek but their unbeaten record could be in danger when they face Premier League opposition this weekend as Watford arrive for an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round clash.

The Hornets have impressed many observers with their performances in the top flight this season but Forest will be hoping to cause them problems and earn a place in the last 16 of the competition.

Dougie Freedman's side go into Saturday's game high on confidence having not conceded a goal in three games and with a strong home record which has seen them unbeaten at The City Ground since 3 October.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were held to a goalless draw by Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground on Tuesday night as they stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

Ben Osborn and Robert Tesche both hit the woodwork for Forest with Alejandro Faurlin doing likewise for Rangers as the two sides shared the spoils on a blustery night on Trentside.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Hobbs, Mills (c), Jokic, Osborn, Mancienne, Tesche, Mendes (O.Burke 55'), O'Grady (Ward 55'), Oliveira (Blackstock 88')


Watford recorded a first Premier League win in six attempts last weekend as they beat Newcastle United at Vicarage Road to move back into the top half of the table.

Odion Ighalo notched his 14th goal of the season shortly after half-time before Craig Cathcart doubled the lead on 58 minutes with his first goal of the campaign to put Watford firmly in charge.

Our former defender Jamaal Lascelles halved the deficit late on with a powerful header from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner but Quique Sanchez Flores’s side held on for all three points.

Watford: Gomes, Paredes (Nyom 88'), Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Behrami, Capoue, Watson, Jurado (Abdi 77'), Deeney (Amrabat 90'), Ighalo

Previous encounter

Watford were comfortable winners here in April 2015 as they continued their relentless march to promotion to the Premier League with an impressive victory on Trentside.

Goals from Odion Ighalo, Matthew Connolly and Almen Abdi gave the visitors all three points as Gary Gardner notched a consolation goal for Forest.

In 2013-14 The Reds ran out 4-2 winners over Watford at The City Ground as a brace from Simon Cox and strikes from Darius Henderson and Jamie Mackie saw Forest fight back from 2-0 down to claim victory.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie against Watford at The City Ground are still available.

For details and a full list of prices, please click here.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player HD, as well as live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Watford priced at £2.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with former Forest and current Watford midfielder Adlene Guedioura as he prepares for a return to The City Ground.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 9/5 second-favourites to beat Watford and reach the Emirates FA Cup fifth round on Saturday with the draw priced 9/4 and a win for the visitors as the current favourite at 6/4.

Forest made it to this stage courtesy of a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers and there odds of 13/2 on them beating the Hornets by the same scoreline or 12/1 on them winning by two goals to nil.

Robert Tesche came close to breaking the deadlock against Rangers on Tuesday night and the German midfielder can be backed at 14/1 to open the scoring on Saturday or 5/1 to find the net at any time.

For all the latest odds on Saturday's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v Watford.

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Derby v Manchester United (Friday, kick-off 7.55pm)
Colchester v Tottenham (Saturday, kick-off 12.45pm)
Arsenal v Burnley
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Bolton v Leeds
Bury v Hull
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Oxford v Blackburn
Portsmouth v Bournemouth
Reading v Walsall
Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion v Peterborough
Liverpool v West Ham (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)

Carlisle v Everton (Sunday, kick-off 1.30pm)

MK Dons v Chelsea (Sunday, kick-off 4pm)


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