Nottingham take on the visitors Bristol City in the replay match of the round 1/16-finals of English FA Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 7th at City Ground (Nottingham).
Nottingham Forest didn't hold onto their wins for long after changing their coach. Despite their legendary status in historical terms, they spent the beginning of this century in the Championship without promotion. Their long-awaited return largely happened by chance - Steve Cooper managed to finish in the top 6 in the spring of 2022 with his team and then won the playoffs. The Welshman was able to accumulate enough points to comfortably secure a spot in the Premier League last spring. The situation wasn't critical in the autumn either, but after a series of defeats, the specialist was removed without hesitation. With Nuno Espirito Santo, they managed to secure a couple of important wins, defeating both Newcastle and Man United. However, progress stalled thereafter. And not just in the Premier League: they were eliminated by Blackpool in the extra time of a replay, and they couldn't even score in Bristol.
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Bristol City are a mid-table team in the second division of England. They finished the previous season in fourteenth place and are currently at a similar level. In terms of coaching rotation, where Pearson replaced Mannings, there hasn't been much improvement. However, under the new manager, they managed to surprise in the cup. As underdogs, they first drew with West Ham in London and then knocked out the ambitious London club at home. They also managed to keep a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest, although they failed to score at home themselves.
Before their cup encounter ending in a 0-0 draw, the teams played in the Championship in 2021/2022. Both times, Nottingham Forest came out stronger. The home team plays in a higher division and needs positive emotions. Let's bet on them with a handicap of -1 goal.
Prediction for the match: Nottingham to win with -1.0 handicap.