Nottingham Forest are looking for a first win in four matches as they make the short trip to Leicester City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).After Saturday’s defeat to Blackpool, Billy Davies will know there is no better time to start turning results around than against Nigel Pearson’s promotion candidates.
Forest will want to improve on their recent record against Leicester which has seen them win just one of the last nine matches between the teams.
Danny Collins and Kelvin Wilson will both miss the clash at The King Power Stadium after being ruled out for up to 12 weeks with an ankle and a back injury respectively.
Djamal Abdoun will serve a one match suspension following his straight red card against Blackpool while David Vaughan will hope to start his second game in a Forest shirt after a solid debut against The Tangerines.
Leicester will be without full back Ritchie de Laet due to a shin injury and will need to give late fitness tests to Paul Konchesky and Jamie Vardy.
Striker Chris Wood may be away on international duty after receiving a call-up to the New Zealand squad for their World Cup Qualifying double-header against Mexico.
The Reds have been hit by a slump in form which has seen them pick up just a solitary point from matches against Bournemouth, Yeovil and Blackpool.
Stephen Dobbie’s injury time winner gave The Seasiders all three points at The City Ground last time out but despite a poor run of results, Forest still sit in the Championship’s playoff positions.
Derby (H) – Won 1-0
Charlton (A) – Drew 1-1
Brighton (A) – Won 3-1
Bournemouth (H) – Drew 1-1
Yeovil (A) – Lost 3-1
Blackpool (H) – Lost 1-0
Leicester have struck an impressive run of form with a 1-0 defeat at Doncaster as the only recent blot on their copybook.
The Foxes have won their last three league matches with a notable Capital One Cup success against Premier League side Fulham sandwiched in between.
The recent run has lifted Nigel Pearson’s side up to 2nd in the Sky Bet Championship and they now sit just a point behind the leaders Burnley.
Yeovil (A) – Won 2-1
Doncaster (A) – Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (H) – Won 2-1
Bournemouth (H) – Won- 2-1
Fulham (H)* – Won 4-3
Watford (A) – Won 3-0
*Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Leicester: 37 (35 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Leicester wins over Forest: 40 (38 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 25 (23 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides at The King Power Stadium came almost a year ago to the day as Forest came from behind twice to secure a credible 2-2 draw.
An own goal from Elliott Ward was cancelled out by Adlene Guedioura’s strike but David Nugent re-established The Foxes’ lead before half-time.
The Reds managed to earn a share of the spoils through Simon Cox’s penalty midway through the second half after Zak Whitbread had brought down Billy Sharp inside the area.
He Played For Both
Morgan joined his hometown club Forest at the age of 15 and made over 400 appearances at The City Ground during a ten year stay at the club. The central defender was an outstanding figure as Forest won promotion to the Championship in 2008.
He made the switch to The King Power Stadium in 2012 and is a popular figure with Leicester supporters. He won the club’s Player of the Year award last season and was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season.
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson and Neil Sharp
Fourth Official: Darren Sheldrake
The bookmakers aren’t backing Nottingham Forest to take the victory on Saturday and have priced them as the 11/4 outsiders with the draw at 12/5.
Jack Hobbs returns to face his former club and he can be backed at 7/1 to score anytime while Simon Cox is the same price to grab the first goal.
For supporters who fancy Forest to get revenge for Leicester’s 3-2 victory at The City Ground on the final day of last season, there are odds of 33/1 on The Reds winning by the same scoreline.
Click here to see all the latest odds at Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
Tickets and Travel
Nottingham Forest have sold their full allocation of 3,320 tickets for this fixture. No further tickets will be sold.
Should any supporters be unable to collect any pre-paid tickets from the Forest Ticket Office, collections will be available on the day of the game from the white trailer located outside the City Fan Store at The King Power Stadium.
Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 12.30pm and is priced at £10.
For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Nottingham Forest benefit from every rail ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through the official Nottingham Forest website.
On Saturday, the 1.02pm service from Nottingham arrives in Leicester at 1.31pm which will allow supporters time to get to The King Power Stadium and see the unique pre-match spectacle before kick-off.
For a full schedule of trains to Leicester and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.