Forest v Cardiff. Preview

Last updated : 09 January 2021 By Michael Morris

Saturday January 9th, ko 12 noon


Live on BT Sports 4 Extra (via BT Red Button) or streaming on and the BT App

Expected Team News

Anyone's guess. With only one fit centre half and it being a cup game we might see a changed around side. 

Neil Harris: "I love the competition, but it’s not the same as it was in previous years. I’ve got a great affiliation with the competition, but it’s not the same without the fans. You take the fans out, you take away a chunk out of the FA Cup.

"I’ll be picking a team accordingly to win the game. It’s important for players to put in a good performance. Results tend to follow off that.

"We’re ready to go and we’re chomping to play. We want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible."

Match facts

  • The last FA Cup meeting between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff was in the fifth round in 1927/28, a 2-1 win for Forest.
  • Cardiff have won their last six away matches against Nottingham Forest, all in the league between May 2015 and September 2020. It is their longest away winning run against an opponent in their history.
  • Nottingham Forest have lost seven of their last nine FA Cup matches (W2), losing their last three in a row, last losing four in a row between 2000 and 2003.
  • Cardiff manager Neil Harris has progressed from four of his previous five FA Cup third round ties, last going out at this stage in 2013/14 when his Millwall side lost 4-1 to Scunthorpe.

Match Officials:

Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Rob Smith & Mark Cunliffe
Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall