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Saturday’s FA Cup schedule will see Nottingham Forest facing off with Cardiff City.
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Nottingham Forest fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 0-1 Championship triumph over Preston North End.
In that game, Nottingham Forest managed 53% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Nottingham Forest was Lewis Grabban (70'). On the other side, Preston North End had 14 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
Fewer than three goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Nottingham Forest have been involved. In terms of the goal weighting from that period, opposing sides scored a total of 5 while The Reds got themselves 6.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Wycombe Wanderers in Championship competition, Cardiff City and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Cardiff City had 66% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Cardiff City was Junior Hoilett (93'). At the other end, Wycombe Wanderers had 12 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Ryan Tafazolli (33') and David Wheeler (63') scored for Wycombe Wanderers.
Demonstrating their predisposition for action-packed matches, the back of the net has been hit 20 times in the previous six matches in which Cardiff City have taken to the field, yielding an average of 3.33 goals each fixture. Opposing teams have managed 12 from this total. Let’s see whether or not that trend can be sustained in this game.
Head to head
A glance at their past head to head meetings going back to 17/04/2017 tells us that Nottingham Forest have won 1 of these and Cardiff City 5, with the number of drawn results standing at 0.
In all, 10 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 2 of them from The Reds and 8 coming from The Bluebirds. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.67.
The last league game featuring these clubs was Championship match day 2 on 19/09/2020 when the final score was Nottingham Forest 0-2 Cardiff City.
On that day, Nottingham Forest had 57% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
For their opponents, Cardiff City got 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Kieffer Moore (3', 40') scored.
The referee was James Linington.
Team News: Nottingham Forest
There aren’t many selection issues, with just one fitness concern for the Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Joe Worrall (Corona virus) will miss out.
Team News: Cardiff City
Thanks to a mainly healthy group, there’s only the sole fitness issue for the Cardiff City boss Neil Harris to be concerned about. Isaac Vassell (Hamstring Injury) misses out for this game.
We are of the inclination to think that Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest should both be able to find the back of the net here although it’s difficult to select a clear winner.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. We therefore see a close game with a 1-1 score at full-time.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The City Ground (30,445)
Captain: Michael Dawson
Chairman: Nicholas Randall QC
Manager: Chris Hughton
Competitions: Championship position 19, FA Cup (Third Round)
⭐ Star Player: Lewis Grabban
Normally taking to the field in the Striker position, Lewis Grabban was born in Croydon, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Oldham Athletic in the 2006 - 2007 season, the accomplished Forward has netted 2 league goals in this Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 12 appearances.