Mark Lawrenson has backed Nottingham Forest to win their FA Cup last 16 clash against Huddersfield and earn a quarter-final date.
The Reds will face the Terriers next Monday, with Forest’s game needing to be moved to accommodate the game against Sheffield United on Friday.
Steve Cooper has overseen wins over Arsenal and Leicester in this season’s competition and they now stand two games away from Wembley.
Reaching the quarters won’t be easy. Huddersfield have gone on a remarkable run under Carlos Corberan and are now in the mix for automatic promotion.
The West Yorkshireman produced a smash and grab of epic proportions on Trentside in the league. Duane Holmes scored and despite 25 shots, the Reds went down 1-0.
Lawrenson thinks Forest have the minerals to progress in the competition though.
He told BBC Sport: “I watched Huddersfield draw 0-0 with Preston a few weeks ago and they didn’t look like scoring. They were really good at keeping the ball but didn’t create much.
“The Terriers are obviously doing something right though because they haven’t lost in the league since November.
“Forest’s league form is not as consistent as that but they have already had two brilliant wins in the FA Cup, knocking out Arsenal and holders Leicester at the City Ground.
“This is a very different kind of occasion and Huddersfield will be awkward opponents but the City Ground will be bouncing and that could make a difference.
“Huddersfield don’t concede many goals and both teams play good football. There will be no ‘crash, bang, wallop’ from whoever makes it into the quarter-finals. I’m going with Forest to edge it.”
Forest fans would dearly love Lawrenson to be right
Reaching the Premier League has to be the priority for Forest but the club would dearly love to tick off a trip to Wembley.
Beating Huddersfield would put Forest one game away from a trip to the national stadium and there really is all to play for.
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Lawrenson thinks Forest will win the game 2-1 and a cagey affair is to be expected on Trentside.
The Reds would love to see Peterborough cause a shock and end Huddersfield’s run on Friday but that does look unlikely.
Forest can’t really grumble with the draw, however, and they’ll hope for a big performance.