Michael Owen thinks that extra-time is on the cards when Nottingham Forest host Cardiff City in one of four all-Championship ties in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Chris Hughton’s team come into the game in impressive form, having enjoyed a productive festive period which is part of a five-match unbeaten league run, which is keeping the Reds above danger.
Forest haven’t fared well in the FA Cup in recent years, though, reaching the fourth round once in the previous four seasons, and were knocked out by finalists Chelsea at this stage last season.
Meanwhile, Cardiff, who were beaten finalists under the guidance Dave Jones back in 2008, will be grateful for this welcome break from the league after suffering three consecutive defeats over the festive period.
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The Bluebirds have already tasted victory once in the East Midlands this term following a 2-0 win here back in September, and have won on each of their previous six trips to the City Ground.
With no replays in this seasons competition to help with fixture congestion due to Coronavirus, the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker can’t separate the sides in 90 minutes and expects this tie to go to extra-time.
“Forest welcome Cardiff to the City Ground looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat to the Bluebirds there earlier in the season,” Owen told Bet Victor.
“Since then both sides form has been patchy. Currently, Forest are enjoying a 5 game unbeaten run whilst Cardiff have lost their last 3.
“I’m expecting a real cup tie here and think both sides could cancel each other out in the 90 minutes.”
This is such a difficult tie to call, mainly because it’s difficult to guess what sort of teams the respective managers will be putting out.
However, Forest have gained some much-needed momentum in recent weeks, and I think they’ll progress to round four by the odd goal.