Nott’m Forest v Watford FA Cup team news and stats

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 5:49

Odion Ighalo: Watford striker expected to face Aston Villa

Odion Ighalo: Watford striker expected to face Aston Villa

Watford could again look to the goals of Watford could again look to the goals of Odion Ighalo as they bid to end a five-match winless away run in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.

Team news

Nottingham Forest are expected to welcome back David Vaughan to their starting XI after the midfielder completed his three-match ban.

Winger Ryan Mendes suffered a slight injury in the 0-0 draw with QPR but is likely to be involved.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is set to ring the changes for the game.

Nordin Amrabat and Costel Pantilimon are both in line to make their full debuts with Sanchez Flores to rest up to six players from his regular starting XI.

Defenders Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) remain unavailable.

Opta stats

The last time these two sides met in the FA Cup was in 1989 when Forest beat Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road in the fifth round.

They have met only one other time in the cup, when they played in the first FA Cup competition after World War II – the Hornets progressing after two legs and a replay in the third round.

Nottingham Forest beat West Ham 5-0 in January 2014, the last time they faced Premier League opposition in the FA Cup.

Watford are winless in five away FA Cup ties (D1 L4), though four of these games were against either Chelsea or Manchester City.

Odion Ighalo has scored nine goals in his last 14 competitive appearances for Watford.

Watford have failed to score in their last two competitive away games – they haven’t gone three away games without scoring in a row since January 2012.

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