Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
All eyes will be on the City Ground when Nottingham Forest take on Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup. The Reds suffered an early exit in the FA Cup last term and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Nottingham Forest, though, have not been impressive in the Championship so far this season and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking Arsene Wenger’s troops. The Gunners aim to defend their FA Cup trophy and seeing that they have slim chances of winning the Premier League, we predict the capital club will go all guns blazing at the Reds in Sunday’s football match. Coach Arsene Wenger is likely to rest several first-team regulars against Forest, but Arsenal are still widely expected to book their place in the FA Cup round 4. When the two teams met at the City Ground in 2016 (League Cup) the Gunners rolled over the Championship side 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Eric Lichaj):
Eric Lichaj is a full back who is capable of playing on both sides of the field. Lichaj was born in Downers Grove, USA on 17 November, 1988 and he started his youth career at IMG Academy. After spending one year at the University of North Carolina, he signed a deal with Aston Villa in 2007. He made his competitive debut for the Villans on 19 August, 2010, in the Europa League qualifier against Rapid Wien (1-1). Lichaj made 32 league appearances for Aston Villa, scoring one goal, and he played for the likes of Lincoln City, Leyton Oriend and Leeds United on loan as well. On 19 June, 2013 he signed a two-year contract with Nottingham Forest and he made his debut for the Reds in a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the opening match of the 2013/2014 Championship campaign. Speaking of his international career, Lichaj was named in the USA U20 squad for the 2007 FIFA World Cup, but he was eventually forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. The defender made his debut for the USA senior team on 12 October, 2010 in a warm-up game against Colombia.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.