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Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool betting tips: FA Cup preview, predictions & odds

Liverpool's Fab Three could be reunited
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Colback, Jack
Silva, Alexandre
Jota, Diogo
Zinckernagel, Philip
Mighten, Alexander
Davis, Keinan
Surridge, Sam
Lolley, Joe
Keita, Naby
Henderson, Jordan
Elliott, Harvey
Minamino, Takumi
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex
Diaz, Luis
Gomez, Joe

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Liverpool have the upper hand in the head-to-head, with 56 wins to Nottingham Forest’s 30, from their 115 encounters in English football. In the FA Cup though, Liverpool’s dominance shines through with six wins to one over Sunday’s opponents. Forest’s win was a 2-0 victory from the first meeting between the sides in the competition back in 1895.

The gulf in the two sides has grown in the past twenty-plus years since Forest’s relegation from England’s top-flight. Liverpool are currently being tipped for a possible quadruple while Forest are pushing for a late run into the play-off places after a terrible start to their league campaign.

Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Nottingham Forest 0 – 3 Liverpool and is available at odds of 8/1.

Alternatively, you can bet on any Forest win at 11/1 against Klopp’s Reds at home on Sunday.

Or, back any away win for Liverpool at 1.25/1 here at the City Ground.

You can find odds of 6/1 for any draw between Forest and Liverpool on Sunday.


Takumi Minamino

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: The number 18 on the back of the shirt of Takumi Minamino of Liverpool during the FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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Match preview

This match was once the most anticipated match of the season when Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest would face Bob Paisley’s Liverpool. Forest – the only team with more European Cup wins than top-flight league victories – and Liverpool were British football’s most successful clubs in European football at the time. This remained the case until Alex Ferguson equalled Forest’s two European cups in the late 1990s with a famous last-gasp victory over Bayern Munich.

Liverpool were famed for their patient approach to squad building, recruiting young players and giving them time in the reserves to learn the ‘Liverpool Way’ before finally replacing an old legend who no longer had the legs to do what Bob required.

Clough, on the other hand, liked the recruitment side of the game and believed he could sell and replace players at ease. Something he later regrated after dismantling a winning side as the likes of Justin Fashanu failed to replace the goals of Trevor Francis – a player Clough made English football’s first one-million pound man.

Recruitment could also be the theme on Sunday as talented young players look to show the world what they can do against one of the best sides in the world right now. Djed Spence, their 21 year old right back, has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League with Sunday’s opponents Liverpool rumoured to be amongst his suitors. Liverpool could be in the market for an understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the London-born Spence has been tipped as a possible option. Players like James Garner and Brennan Johnson are also amongst the best players under the age of twenty-one in English football’s second tier.

Above all else though, it is a football match to be won against a quality opponent. Another potential ‘giant killing’. A chance to get to a domestic cup semi-final for the first time since the days of Clough. They have taken the hard road to get here too, having to beat Premier League sides Arsenal and Leicester as well as one of the Championship’s top sides in Huddersfield.

This suggests they won’t be overawed by the occasion, or see it as merely a chance to put themselves in the shop window but a chance to continue their FA Cup journey one step further. That could largely depend on the strength of the side Liverpool put out to face them. With Klopp confirming in his press conference that Alisson will be starting the match, it sounds like Liverpool will go pretty strong here to keep dreams of a quadruple alive.

Takumi Minamino Goalscorer – The Japan international is Liverpool’s top scorer in this competition so far this season with three goals. With Klopp likely to give minutes to fringe players like Taki (pictured above), he is likely to start here and is 7/1 to score the game’s opener on Sunday. Or 2.6/1 to bag a goal at any time during the game against The Tricky Trees.

Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool betting tips: FA Cup preview, predictions & odds

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 06: Joe Worrall celebrates with teammate Djed Spence of Nottingham Forest after scoring their team’s third goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City at City Ground on February 06, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest team news

Defenders Max Lowe and Steve Cook are both ruled out for the match against Liverpool with groin and ankle injuries respectively. Loïc Mbe Soh has been struggling all season with injury and hasn’t featured much since the early part of the season. This means Joe Worrall (pictured above), Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueired are the likely men to make up their back three.

Lewis Grabban has missed Forest’s last seven league games with an ankle problem. He is expected to return to the squad here but faces a battle to win back his place over Keinan Davis who scored a brace last week against Reading.

Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool betting tips: FA Cup preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool battles for possession with Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on March 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Liverpool team news

The breaking news on Friday morning following Liverpool’s 0-2 win over Arsenal was that Trent Alexander-Arnold (pictured above) has sustained a hamstring injury and would likely be out for at least a few weeks. It is likely he would have been rested for this game anyway and then has a further two weeks over the international break to be back in time for upcoming games against Watford, Benfica and Manchester City.

Mohamed Salah was only fit enough to be an impact sub from the bench against Arsenal. He felt some pain in his foot after the game once again and it is likely he will be given a full rest here with Takumi Minamino replacing him in the side. James Milner and Konstantinos Tsimikas are also expected to return here at right and left back respectively amongst a host of likely changes as Jurgen Klopp aims to give some minutes to his fringe players.

Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool FC form
Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest - 0:1
Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United - 1:2
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest - 1:2
Hull City vs Nottingham Forest - 1:1
AFC Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest - 1:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
Liverpool FC vs Real Madrid - 0:1
Liverpool FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - 3:1
Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:0
Aston Villa vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
Last 5 games for Nottingham Forest
May 29, 2022 Championship 21/22 Huddersfield Town 0  - 1 Nottingham Forest
May 17, 2022 Championship 21/22 Nottingham Forest 1  - 2 Sheffield United
May 14, 2022 Championship 21/22 Sheffield United 1  - 2 Nottingham Forest
May 7, 2022 Championship 21/22 Hull City 1  - 1 Nottingham Forest
May 3, 2022 Championship 21/22 AFC Bournemouth 1  - 0 Nottingham Forest
Last 5 games for Liverpool FC
May 28, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Liverpool FC 0  - 1 Real Madrid
May 22, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Liverpool FC 3  - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
May 17, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Southampton FC 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
May 14, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Chelsea FC 0  - 0 Liverpool FC
May 10, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Aston Villa 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool FC FA Cup 21/22 form
Nottingham Forest Liverpool FC
4 Matches played 7
3 Matches won 6
34 Goal attempts 89
16 Shots on goal 29
10 Shots off goal 38
15 Corner kicks 39
42% Average ball possession 58%
8 Shots blocked 22
4 Cards given 7
50 Free kicks 83
13 Offsides 10
1 Shots on post 2
5 Goals by foot 17
2 Goals by head 2
7 Goals scored 13
3 Goals conceded 5
0 Shots on bar 1
Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Nottingham Forest Liverpool FC
9 Matches 9
5 Home Matches 4
4 Away Matches 5
9 Total Goals 17
1 Average Goals Scored 1.89
1 Wins 5
5 Losses 1
3 Draws 3
Last 5 games & match results between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC
March 20, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Nottingham Forest 0  - 1 Liverpool FC
April 5, 1999 Premier League 98/99 Nottingham Forest 2  - 2 Liverpool FC
October 24, 1998 Premier League 98/99 Liverpool FC 5  - 1 Nottingham Forest
March 15, 1997 Premier League 96/97 Nottingham Forest 1  - 1 Liverpool FC
December 17, 1996 Premier League 96/97 Liverpool FC 4  - 2 Nottingham Forest

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What time is kick off between Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool FC?

18:00, Sunday 20 March 2022

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