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FA Cup draw: Watford to travel to Nottingham Forest in tricky fourth-round tie

Watford will make the trip to Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the FA Cup later this month, the team they met in the fifth round following the three replays against Newcastle United in 1989.

Matt Baker, the One Show host, drew Dougie Freedman’s side out of the hat in tonight’s draw and Ian Wright pitched the Hornets against Forest by pulling out ball No.1. Lee Chapman, Brian Laws and Neil Webb all scored for Forest in the fifth-round meeting between the two sides in 1989.


This season’s tie will be played on January 29, January 30 or February 1. The winner will receive £90,000 in prize money.

The Hornets last played at the City Ground last season, winning 3-1 to secure a valuable three points in their push for promotion. The trip to the Nottingham Forest brings a reunion for Adlene Guedioura with one of his former clubs. Forest knocked out a QPR side featuring Watford defender Gabriele Angella in Saturday’s third round.

Watford reached the semi-final of the competition the last time they were in the Premier League in 2006/07, beating Stockport County, West Ham United, Ipswich Town, Plymouth Argyle before being sunk, 4-1 by Manchester United at Villa Park.

Watford have only been beyond the fourth round three times in the last 12 years.

Watford’s last seven fourth-round opponents

2014: Manchester City (away)
2012: Tottenham Hospur (home)
2011: Brighton (home)
2009: Crystal Palace (home)
2008: Wolves (home)
2007: West Ham United (away)
2003: West Brom (home)