FA Cup: Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's fifth round fixture

League One side Sheffield United will seek to continue their exemplary form in the FA Cup by hosting Nottingham Forest in their fifth-round tie on Sunday.

The Blades knocked Premier League sides Fulham and Aston Villa out of the competition and hope to extend their tremendous run by overcoming the Reds at Brammall Lane.

The Red and Whites may be struggling with relegation in League One, but history suggests that United have the upper hand in this fixture. The Blades have played 13 times against Forest in the FA Cup, prevailing in seven games and drawing in three. Nigel Clough’s side will be wary, however, that their opponents trounced West Ham 5-0 in the third-round, haven’t lost an away game since October and remain 13 league games unbeaten in the Championship. It’s a tough ask.

LAST THREE MEETINGS:

Sheffield United 2 – 1 Nottingham Forest (Championship, 8 March 2011)

Nottingham Forest 1 -1 Sheffield United (Championship, 28 Sept)

Nottingham Forest 1 – 0 Sheffield United (Championship, 16 Feb)

STATS:

In the 115 games they have played against each other, only one win separates them. Sheffield United have won 42 and Nottingham Forest 43.

ODDS:

Sheffield United win: 23/10

Nottingham Forest win: 6/5

Draw: 23/10

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