Nottingham Forest v Leicester City Match Preview
After 4 consecutive games away from home, Forest return to the City Ground for their 6th game in just 17 days to face Sky Bet Championship leaders, Leicester City.
Forest`s 16 game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in Sunday`s FA Cup 5th Round defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, but they still do boast a 13 game unbeaten run in the Championship.
The Foxes are unbeaten in 11 Championship games themselves and had won 9 games in succession, before the 2-2 draw last time out against Watford - so, the league leaders will be full of confidence and refreshed following an 11 day rest ahead of the East Midlands Derby.
Leicester defender Liam Moore has recovered from a rib injury, so should return to the squad, although, Tom Hopper & Sean St. Ledger will both miss out due to their respective shin and groin injuries. Otherwise, manager Nigel Pearson should have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Forest`s injury list is a different story; Chris Cohen & Dexter Blackstock will not feature again this season, whilst David Vaughan & Henri Lansbury are both expected to be absent for a further 8 - 10 weeks. Kelvin Wilson`s recovery should take another 3 - 4 weeks, although Eric Lichaj could make a return after the weekend trip to Burnley.
Jack Hobbs and Guy Moussi both missed the Sheffield United fixture, so they may face late fitness tests to determine whether they return to the squad. Simon Cox and Raddi Majewski picked up knocks in the physical weekend encounter, but they will both want to keep their places with Forest looking towards loans to replenish their depleted numbers.
The combination of injuries, squad preservation and congested fixture list, will once again see Billy Davies looking to shuffle the pack with Jamie Mackie, Djamel Abdoun and Rafik Djebbour all looking to return to the starting line up.
The match will be refereed by Anthony Taylor, who has officiated 21 games this season, during which he has dished out 73 yellow & 2 red cards. He has not taken charge of either Forest or Leicester this season.
Even though Forest are at home, the Bookies have both sides priced equally - so, once again, I`ll risk the nipper`s pocket money on 1-1.
Come On You Reds!!!
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