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Match preview: Swansea vs Forest in association with Football Index

23 January 2021

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash against Swansea City in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to progress into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2014 when they travel to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough in mid-week and will be wanting to bounce back from that result.

After beating Cardiff in the last round of the cup thanks to Lyle Taylor’s early strike, The Reds can repeat a similar feat against fellow South Wales opposition this weekend.

The most recent meeting between the two sides came in November as Swansea secured a 1-0 win, but Forest’s last trip to the Liberty Stadium was a successful one after Alfa Semedo’s late finish sealed a dramatic victory.

The Swans will though provide a tricky test for The Reds as they currently sit in second place in the Championship having won three consecutive games since the turn of the new year.

Team news

Chris Hughton will be without Yuri Ribeiro (suspension) and Ryan Yates (calf) for the trip to the Liberty Stadium but has confirmed that Fouad Bachirou will return to the squad following his return from injury.

The Forest boss has made it clear that he will make changes to the side that was beaten by Middlesbrough on Wednesday night so the likes of Joe Lolley, Anthony Knockaert and Lyle Taylor will all be pushing for a start.


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From the opposition

Swansea manager Steve Cooper is hoping they can continue their excellent run of form and stay focused despite turning their attention to the cup rather than the league.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “I’ve always been very comfortable here and happy. I’ve always felt like we’re building towards what I want it to look like.

“We’re nowhere near that yet but at times we’ve made some good steps forward. When you start thinking about that, that means you’re starting to reflect and compare.

“I don’t want to do that; I just want to look forward and get ready for the next game.

"It’s a game we’re looking forward to, we want to win and we’re preparing 100% for it. We’ll be doing everything we can to play well and win.”

Live coverage

The match is available to watch live on BT Sport Extra 4 and BBC One Wales.


The referee for this weekend’s game will be Leicestershire-based official Kevin Friend. The 49-year-old has taken charge of 15 matches so far this season across the Premier League, Championship, Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, showing 33 yellow cards and two red cards.

Friend last took charge of a Forest game over four years ago, a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the 2016-17 season. This fourth round tie will be his 11th Forest match of his career, with The Reds winning two, drawing two and losing four of his previous clashes stretching back to 2005.

Friend will be assisted by Simon Beck and Jonathan Hunt, with Robert Madley as the fourth official.


Should Saturday's clash end in a draw after 90 minutes, there will be 30 minutes of extra-time and penalties should it be required. There will be no replays.

As in the Championship, teams are able to name nine substitutes, five of which can be used in a maximum of three opportunities, excluding half-time. Any unused substitutes can be carried over into extra-time, with a further opportunity also available in the additional period.

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To be played at 3pm unless otherwise stated:


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Cheltenham vs Manchester City (5.30pm)


Chelsea vs Luton (12pm)

Brentford vs Leicester (2.30pm)

Fulham vs Burnley (2.30pm)

Manchester United vs Liverpool (5pm)

Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday (8pm)


Wycombe vs Tottenham (7.45pm)


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