Blackpool v Nottingham Forest LIVE commentary: Seasiders look to pull off FA Cup shock against Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

    Blackpool host Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round as the Seasiders look to pull off a shock result.

    The hosts are currently in the Championship relegation zone and haven’t won any of their last nine games.

    Michael Appleton will hope his side can dump Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup


    Michael Appleton will hope his side can dump Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup

    Meanwhile, the visitors are now out of the Premier League relegation zone and could use this game as a chance to give some of their squad players a chance.

    But the Tricky Trees haven’t lost to Blackpool since 2013, so will be confident they can avoid any potential upset.

    Blackpool v Nottingham Forest: talkSPORT coverage

    This FA Cup third round clash will take place on Saturday, January 7.

    Kick-off at Bloomfield Road is scheduled for 3pm.

    talkSPORT will have live coverage with Mark Wilson and former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo providing commentary.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Blackpool v Nottingham Forest: Team news

    The hosts might choose to make limited rotations, with Kenneth Dougall and Jerry Yates coming back into the side.

    But Forest will be without Moussa Niakhate, Omar Richards, Gulian Biancone, Jesse Lingard and Cheikhou Kouyate.

    And with an EFL quarter-final coming up, Steve Cooper might be tempted to rotate his squad and prioritise the Wolves game

    Lingard is one of several injured Forest players

    Lingard is one of several injured Forest players

    Blackpool v Nottingham Forest: What has been said?

    Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper: “They’re competing well in the Championship and we know all about that and what it takes.

    “This time of year with pitches, the weather and all that sort of stuff, it’s probably as classic an FA Cup tie environment as you can get.

    “We look forward to that. We’re a proud historic club in England and we need to represent the FA Cup well for what is stands for.”

    Blackpool v Nottingham Forest: Match facts

    • This will be the first ever meeting between Blackpool and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup; it is the Tangerines’ 265th match in the competition and Forest’s 403rd. Their 86 previous meetings have either been in league games or the EFL play-offs.
    • Blackpool are winless in five games against Nottingham Forest (D2 L3) – all in the Championship – since a 1-0 win back in November 2013.
    • Blackpool have only progressed from four of their last 21 FA Cup third round ties and have only gone through without the need of a replay or penalties in that time against non-league teams, winning 4-2 vs Aldershot Town in 2006-07 and 5-1 vs Fleetwood Town in 2011-12.
    • This is Nottingham Forest’s first FA Cup tie as a Premier League side since 1998-99, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth, then of the second tier. Indeed, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by lower league sides in their two previous Premier League seasons, also losing to Chesterfield in 1996-97.
    • Nottingham Forest have lost their last seven away matches in the FA Cup. Their last win on their travels in the competition came at Preston North End in a February 2014 fourth round replay.


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