Two of the heavy spenders in the championship go head to head in a match with a historical rivalry. Nottingham Forest fans are adamant about their lack of feeling towards Leicester, whereas Leicester fan’s view this game as the biggest of their season, along with Derby County, who they’ve already beaten twice this year.
There have been a number of high profile and bizarre games between the two sides and Nottingham Forest can boast about being the side to implement Leicester’s biggest defeat in history, by winning 12-0 at the City Ground. The performance was so bad that The Football League ordered an enquiry, although in the end it turned out most of the Leicester players were severely hung-over from the night before due to a player’s wedding. In 2007, a league cup match was abandoned despite Forest being 1-0 up through Leicester player Clive Clarke collapsing at half-time, in the follow-up fixture, Leicester gave Forest a ‘free goal’ but still went onto win 3-2 and progress onto the next round.
The game on Saturday will see proclaimed Forest fan Wes Morgan lead out a Leicester side closing in on the top-spot against the side he grew up watching, and Jack Hobbs, who was a fans favourite at Leicester to line up for Forest.
Forest Predicted Line-up
Lichaj Hobbs Lascelles Cohen
Paterson Majewski Reid
Leicester Predicted Line-up
Moore Morgan Wasilewski Konchesky
Knockaert Drinkwater King Dyer
I expect it to be a typical local Derby with both teams going full-blooded but in the end the class of Leicester City should shine through.
David Nugent has been in terrific form for Leicester this season, particularly at home and he will cause the young Lacelles and Jack Hobbs no end of problems. The tricky Knockaert will have too much for centre midfielder / left back in Chris Cohen, who will have to be on his game to stop the explosive Frenchmen.
The Forest frontline has been a huge concern for a large part of this season, and coming up against one of the best defensive sides in the league will be no easy task. I expect Henderson to have a frustrating game, and Forest to get most of their joy in midfield, where they will look to bog down Drinkwater and King.
I’m saying Leicester will keep up the chase on the top spot in an emphatic 4-1 win at the King Power, and the increasing pressure on Billy Davies will grow further after what would be 3 successive losses.