While many were predicting that Leicester may struggle slightly this season having made little headway in the transfer market, one point after seven games is beyond even what their sceptics would’ve been thinking. A victory here would see them leapfrog Forest into 19th place, though with six losses on the bounce to their name that might be easier said than done.
Forest were the antithesis of the Foxes in the transfer window, essentially buying an entire new squad, which obviously is going to need some time to gel. There’s been little evidence of that happening so far though and Steve Cooper will be hoping the international break will prove to be the refresher his side needs.
Admittedly, Brenden Rogers’ side have had a tough run of games with the average current position of teams they’ve faced being 6.14, as they’ve played five of the top seven, while only against the top four sides have they lost by more than a single strike. They also have a very strong recent record against promoted sides, winning each of their last eight such matches, with five of those coming by at least two clear goals.
Forest have just the one win to their name this season, with that coming against an underperforming West Ham side and even in that game they rode their luck slightly. They’ve shown glimpses of promise, though haven’t shown enough character in some matches to get over the line, namely in clashes with Everton and Bournemouth.
2nd Half Highest Scoring
It’s the second half displays that have been the thorn in Forests’ side, with 13 of their 17 conceded coming after the break, including each of their last nine. The only team to have conceded more second half goals than the Nottingham side, though, is Leicester themselves with 15. Games for both sides seem to open up in the second period, and we’d expect it to be the highest scoring half yet again here.
Wilfred Ndidi is a doubt here having suffered a minor hamstring strain on international duty, and faces a battle against time to be fit, while Forest have a host of doubts here, including Emmanuel Dennis and Morgan Gibbs-White which will certainly hinder their chances if they were to miss out.
Leicester To Win
This feels like a must win game for the visitors, and while their form has been tumultuous, they won’t have a better chance than this to get back to winning ways. They still have quality in abundance with the likes of James Maddison pulling the strings, who his been in fine fettle despite his side’s poor showings, and we’d expect them to pull through here against a side that seems a little disjointed at the moment.
2ND HALF HIGHEST SCORING
LEICESTER TO WIN
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