Nottingham Forest vs Bristol CityFA Cup, KO: 19:45 Feb 7, 2024, City Ground
BRISTOL CITY have already claimed one Premier League scalp in an FA Cup replay this season so they will be confident of pulling off another surprise when they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
When the Robins dumped West Ham in the last round they did it on home soil but they'll have to beat Forest on the road after only managing a 0-0 draw when Nuno Espirito Santo's side came to Ashton Gate.
Nottingham Forest are perhaps a little lucky to still be in the FA Cup after needing a replay and extra-time to see off League One side Blackpool in the last round. I tipped them to win inside 90 minutes at Bloomfield Road but they let slip a 2-0 lead and had to rely on Chris Wood dumping the Seasiders in extra time.
Securing Premier League survival is the top priority for gaffer Santo this season and Sunday's battling 1-1 draw at AFC Bournemouth has left them just three points above the drop zone.
That could help Bristol City as the Championship side look to continue their FA Cup adventure but the Robins have gone off the boil a little since that rousing victory over the Hammers.
They drew their next three games then lost 1-0 at home to Leeds on Friday, a defeat that has left them sitting 14th, seven points off the play-off pace. Liam Manning needs another big win to spark their season into life so he'll be determined to dump Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup.
How the bookies view it
With home advantage it's no great surprise to see Nottingham Forest as odds-on favourites at a best 8/15 with Bet365. Bristol City are as big as 11/2 at Betfred while the draw at 90 minutes pays 10/3 with Unibet.
Recent head to head
There hasn't been much between these sides in recent years, with the last 13 meetings producing four wins apiece and five draws. It ended 2-0 to Nottingham Forest when these sides last faced off at the City Ground in 2022.
Players to watch
Morgan Gibbs-White is the creative spark for Nottingham Forest and will be key to breaking down Manning's defence. The playmaker is 100/30 at SkyBet to score a fourth goal of the season but an assist is more likely once that market is priced up.
Tommy Conway was Bristol City's hero against West Ham and looks their best bet for a goal in this one. The lively forward has eight goals this season and is 4/1 at Bet365 to add to that tally.
Anything else catch the eye?
Games involving Bristol City haven't been thrillers of late with BTTS failing to land in four of their last six matches. Over 2.5 goals has also trapped just once in their last nine so I'd be surprised if this replay was a thriller. Betting against BTTS pays a best 10/11 with BetVictor while under 2.5 strikes is a bit better at evens with Betfred.
Bristol City defender Rob Dickie has been pretty good value for cards this season, picking up six yellows and a red. He was booked against Leeds and is 9/4 with Bet365 to go into the book again.
Neither side has been winning a lot of corners recently and we only saw seven flag kicks when they faced off at Ashton Gate. That makes under 10 corners worth a look here and it pays evens with Bet365.
This FA Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City will be played on Feb 7, 2024 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.