Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup last 16 will be at stake when Bristol City and Nottingham Forest go head to head at Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday evening. The Robins did well to shock West Ham in the previous round and they now aim to claim yet another major scalp in the prestigious cup competition. The likes of Mark Sykes, Kal Naismith, Rob Atkinson, and Ayman Benarous remain on the sidelines with injuries, while talented forward Samuel Bell is pushing for a start.
The Reds, on the other hand, aim to recover from the Premier League loss to Brentford. As Nottingham Forest are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. All Moussa Niakhate, Ibrahim Sangare, Cheikhou Kouyate, Willy Boly, and Ola Aina are on international duty, while both Anthony Elanga and Taiwo Awoniyi are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Baker):
Nathan Baker is a product of Aston Villa football academy. The left-footed defender played 115 games for Aston Villa in the league and it has to be noted that he scored only goal for the club during his spell at Villa Park. Nathan Baker is used as both centre-back and left-back and the 189-cm-tall footballer is very good in the air.
Nathan Baker was born in Worcester, England on April 23, 1991 and he currently plays for Bristol City in the Championship. After ending his loan spell with the Robins, he signed a permanent deal with the club on July 28, 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Nathan Baker has yet to make his debut for England national team, but he has three caps for England U21 team.
Nathan Baker made his debut for the under-21 squad against Iceland back in 2011. The English footballer has a contract with Bristol City which expires on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.