Nottingham Forest Women will host Manchester City Women in their Vitality FA Cup fourth round battle.
The fixture – which will take place this Saturday in the City Ground at 1pm – seems an interesting prospect, as last year’s runners up in the WSL bring international stars to threaten Forest in all areas of the pitch.
When speaking on the upcoming game, Forest women’s centre-back Liv Cook said the game will be “the biggest” of her life.
She said: “It is a huge game for us. We are hoping it is a bit of a traction to the women’s sport as well as being the biggest game of our lives.
“But on the flipside of that, they deal with the pressure every week of a bigger crowd and that is not something we are really used.
“We are majorly the underdog team and that’s how a lot of it works in the FA Cup and get your runs.
“We really enjoy the support we get from the men’s [team], we are lucky in that we have that.
“We saw how it turned out for the men’s in the Arsenal game, so we hope that translates to us.”
City go into the game sitting in 5th in the WSL, after drawing 1-1 to Arsenal last Sunday, January 23.
The blue side of Manchester have won the prestigious trophy in three of the last five seasons, in addition to being FA Women’s Super League runners-up for the last five consecutive seasons.
Speaking at a press conference, Forest manager Andrew Cook expressed that he is “delighted” to play City and that the game will be a “big occasion” as they look to cause an FA Cup upset.
He said: “Since this draw was made, we have all been excited at the prospect of playing Manchester City and the challenge that it will pose for us as a team.
“It’s a big occasion for our club and for our players, but we want to cause an upset and we’ll prepare as well as we can for the game.
“That’s the beauty of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and we’ll look to use that to our advantage. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain against a side full of international stars.
“We’re delighted to be playing the fixture at The City Ground again following the record-breaking attendance earlier this season against Derby County and it adds even more excitement to the tie.”
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Player to watch for Forest: Rachel Brown, who earned Forest all three points away to Stoke City last Sunday.
Player to watch for City: Lucy Bronze, England Lioness international, will be keen to feature, after recently returning to the team following knee surgery.
The anticipated tie will be the second Forest Women’s fixture at The City Ground this season, with the Reds breaking the FA Women’s Northern Premier League record with a 4,443 attendance for October’s East Midlands Derby clash against The Rams.
If you would like to attend the match, tickets can be purchased here.