Nottingham Forest will want to get back to winning ways when they entertain league leaders Leicester City in a crunch promotion clash on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).The Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup following a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United on Sunday but know a win over The Foxes could close the gap on the automatic promotion places to three points.
Nigel Pearson’s men currently sit seven points clear at the summit but Forest could do the double over them having won 2-0 at The King Power Stadium back in November.
Guy Moussi (calf) and Jack Hobbs (ankle) both missed Sunday’s defeat at Sheffield United and it is unclear whether the pair will be fit in time to face Leicester.
Chris Cohen, Kelvin Wilson, Dexter Blackstock, Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan remain sidelined through injury but Djamal Abdoun returned to the squad at Bramall Lane following a leg problem.
Leicester defender Sean St. Ledger will miss out through a groin injury while young striker Tom Hopper still hasn’t recovered from a shin problem.
Otherwise manager Nigel Pearson should have a fully fit squad to choose from as defender Liam Moore is expected to make his return from a rib injury.
Forest’s 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions was ended after Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United but The Reds still haven’t lost a league game since 29 November.
That run of 13 games without defeat in the league has seen Forest rise to 5th in the Sky Bet Championship table where they now sit just six points behind the automatic promotion slots.
Watford (H) - Won 4-2
Yeovil (H) – Won 3-1
Preston (A)* - Won 2-0
Blackpool (A) – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-0
Sheffield United (A)* – Lost 3-1
Leicester are also putting their unbeaten league sequence on the line at The City Ground having not lost any of their last 11 games in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Foxes recently recorded an impressive nine consecutive wins in the league, a run that was only stopped by the 2-2 home draw against Watford in their last outing.
Nigel Pearson’s side have won their last five away league games which has seen them pick up notable wins at QPR, Leeds and Bournemouth along the way.
Derby (H) – Won 4-1
Leeds (A) – Won 1-0
Middlesbrough (H) – Won 2-0
Birmingham (A) – Won 2-1
Bournemouth (A) – Won 1-0
Watford (H) – Drew 2-2
Down The Years
Forest wins over Leicester: 38 (36 League, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Leicester wins over Forest: 40 (38 League, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 25 (23 League, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
The two teams last met back in November as Forest ran out 2-0 winners at The King Power Stadium to end Leicester’s previously unbeaten home record.
First-half goals from Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie handed The Reds all three points on a bad day for Leicester which also saw David Nugent blaze over from the penalty spot.
Few will forget the last meeting between the sides at The City Ground which came on the final day of last season as Forest agonisingly missed out on a playoff spot.
A game Forest had to win was finely balanced at 2-2 heading into second-half stoppage-time before Anthony Knockaert rounded off a fine counter-attack to hand Leicester a place in the end-of-season lottery and leave Forest’s season in tatters.
He Played For Both
Jack Hobbs moved to Leicester from Liverpool on loan in 2008 and helped The Foxes win promotion the Championship in his first season. After moving permanently to the club the following year, Hobbs went on to make 130 appearances in total over a three-year stay.
The defender joined Forest on an initial loan deal from Hull City last summer and made an instant impression by scoring the only goal in the win over Derby County in September. Hobbs recently signed a four-and-a-half year deal at The City Ground and continues to be a rock at the heart of The Reds’ defence.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official: Chris Foy
Nottingham Forest are the slight 6/4 favourites to take all three points on Wednesday night while the draw is priced at 23/10.
The Reds have scored 11 goals in their last three league games at The City Ground so a 2-1 win for Forest is not a bad price at 17/2.
A repeat of Forest’s 2-0 win at The King Power Stadium is priced at 11/1 while both teams to score can be backed at 8/11.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Wednesday’s meeting with Leicester City.
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies gives his thoughts on the FA Cup exit, Jamie Paterson discusses his time at Forest so far and Simon Cox talks about his fantastic record against Leicester.
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 6.45pm onwards on Wednesday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
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 12pm on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
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Tickets for the match (Wednesday 19 February, kick-off 7.45pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).