Chris Sutton has predicted who will win this weekend when Nottingham Forest face Bristol City in the FA Cup.
The pundit has been speaking to BBC Sport. So, what does Sutton think will be in store for Forest at Ashton Gate? Let’s take a closer look…
Chris Sutton predicts Nottingham Forest trip to Bristol City
Well, it appears that Sutton is mindful that Forest have bigger fish to fry in terms of facing Arsenal on Tuesday night.
As a result, he’s actually predicted Forest to get beat when they go head-to-head with Bristol City tomorrow.
Forest came through a two-game test against Blackpool in the previous round, whilst the Robins knocked West Ham out.
Sutton is expecting an upset to be on the cards when the two teams meet at Ashton Gate.
He told BBC Sport: “Nottingham Forest are another team who have been depleted by injuries and absences at the African Cup of Nationa, and I am sure Tuesday’s Premier League game with Arsenal will be on Nuno Espirito Santo’s mind.
“Forest’s situation, and position in the Premier League table, is very different to Bournemouth’s – especially with the threat of a points deduction hanging over them.
“Their desperation to stay up may supersede FA Cup progress for them, and I would not be surprised if Nuno makes changes, which is why I’m going for an upset here.”
Forest have to be careful against Bristol City
With six players away at the African Cup of Nations and several other attacking options out injured, Forest can ill-afford more injuries.
As a result, it’s nice to hear Espirito Santo speak about respecting the competition, but the Arsenal game has to take precedence.
Forest need points on the board in the Premier League and with the points deduction looming, it’s imperative they slip no further to the drop zone.
In attack, Forest don’t have much after Chris Wood at the moment and hopefully, he can avoid picking up an injury any time soon.
Winning breeds confidence and Forest won’t want to lose. However, Espirito Santo knows he has some big conundrums to work out ahead of tomorrow.