It’s the replay tonight between the Lilywhites and Forest after both teams drew 0-0 just under two weeks ago at The City Ground.
The winner of this tie will face League One side Sheffield United, after Nigel Clough’s team, despite the odds, defeated Premier League Fulham last night at Craven Cottage after Shaun Millers one-hundred and twenty minute header saw the blades ‘head’ through to the next round!
Forest definitely the favourites going into this one, unbeaten since the beginning of December and have ambitiously won three of their last five games.
However, it’s fair to say you have got to say Preston have got a slight chance, they defeated Championship Blackpool early on in the season, and they forced another Championship team in to a FA Cup Deepdale replay, and amazingly won the game 3-2 with former Forest man Garner netting a hat-trick.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
Grayson: “It is not just another game for us, we want to win this game, but we are still the underdogs, we need to be hard to beat, but we will create chances even against a top Championship team.’
Davies: “The Preston game will be a tough one for both sides but all we are focused on is reaching the next round. The boys have been magnificent recently but we keep reminding them to look at the next game on the fixture list and no further than that.”
Grayson: “We have done well against Championship sides at home this season, beating Blackpool and Ipswich and Wednesday will be a chance to show what we are about in front of a TV audience, raising the profile of the football club and the players and hopefully we can cause an upset and get through to the next round.”
Davies: “It`s a very good game to look forward to, Deepdale is an excellent place to play football and it will be a very difficult cup match. But we`re well prepared and we`re all looking forward to the challenge.’
Preston North End Team News:
Brownhill looks set to miss out another game due a knee injury he picked up last Tuesday night in the League One clash against Bradford City at Valley Parade.
Kevin Davies is now available for selection after serving his three match ban from the red card he received against Coventry City.
Craig Davies will be unfortunately ineligible, as he did feature for his parent club Bolton Wanderers in their FA Cup 4th Round loss to Premier League Cardiff City, which is unfortunate for North End seeing as Davies was the man who made the impact against Notts County on Saturday; scoring a debut goal and earning a penalty to top it all off, with being the MOTM.
Player to watch: Joe Garner
Would of said Davies after his last performance but Garner has to be the one to watch with his habit of finding the net at Deepdale, and against Championship opposition.
Would be nice for him to grab a goal against his former employers.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Forest this week received the dreaded news that their on loan midfielder from Sunderland, David Vaughan will be missing out on game time for three months with a serious knee injury.
Eric Lichaj is hoping to make a return for for Forest, as he missed out on Forest’s 3-1 win over Yeovil Town in the Championship on Sunday.
Dexter Blackstock and Chris Cohen both miss out from knee injuries and Kelvin Wilson is also sidelined with a slight back problem.
Player to watch: Simon Cox
The Republic of Ireland and former West Brom striker, has been on firing form recently for Forest, scoring three goal in two games which includes a brace against Watford after coming off the bench.
Match Facts & Stats
44 Games between both sides:
Preston: W-14 D-16 L-16
Forest: W16- D-16 L-14
Current Score: Preston 54-60 Forest
Premier League referee Jon Moss has been appointed to take control of the televised game at Deepdale, who has took charge of fifty premier league games overall and has issued one-hundred and fifty two yellow cards and five red cards since his spell in 2011.
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