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Preview: Forest v Leicester City

Preview: Forest v Leicester City

Despite only 1 win in the previous 11 games, Nottingham Forest could reignite their promotion hopes with a win over Leicester City tonight at the City Ground
(KO:5.15pm). A win for the Reds' would send them into 6th place and a point above Leeds, who entertain Reading later in the evening.

Leicester go into the game with their own hopes of reaching the Playoffs hanging by a thread. They currently sit just 3 points behind Forest and know that anything less than a win will put an end to those dreams. Last time out they were beaten 3-1 away by an inform Reading and have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 6 games.

Although results have gone against us in recent games, the Reds' can at least take some small comfort from the fact that the performance levels are picking up. We were unlucky not to get a point at high flying Norwich last week and despite the lack of wins, we are still very much in the mix.

There's good news and bad regarding injuries and team news for the Reds'. Chris Cohen is back in contention after serving his 3 match ban, but Paul Konchesky is suspended, following his sending off in the 2-1 defeat at Norwich. Doubts surround the fitness of Joel Lynch and Kris Boyd, but we could get to see US international striker Robbie Findley for the first time, as he's just about fit for the first time since joining in January.

Unlike Forest, the Foxes were very busy in the loan market and have brought in some very expensive names. Kyle Naughton (Spurs), Yakubu (Everton) Patrick Van Aanholt (Chelsea) and Benjamin Mee (Man City) have all helped take City to the verge of the Playoffs after a poor start to the campaign. Nigerian striker Yakubu, has netted 8 times in his 31 appearances for the Foxes and will be a real threat for them tonight.

Earlier this season we lost 1-0 at the Crisp Bowl, which in truth was little more than we deserved on the day. In 91 league meetings between the two sides, Forest have won 34, drawn 20 and lost 37. My score prediction for this game does neither side any favours, with a 2-2 draw on the cards for me.

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Writer:guinless
Date:Friday April 22 2011
Time: 9:30AM

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