Kick-off: 2000, 03/10/2022
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
We may have been guilty of giving Leicester too many chances this term but still believe they are worth sticking with to beat Nottingham Forest.
Just one point from seven Premier League matches is a miserable return, but the Foxes have shown glimpses of form during a tough schedule.
We’re hoping everything finally clicks into place here and are taking 4/5 for a home win as our first Leicester vs Nottingham Forest prediction.
Leicester City Odds
Leicester have suffered six straight defeats since starting out with a 2-2 draw versus Brentford, conceding 11 goals in their last couple of losses.
However, although they collapsed late on when going down 5-2 at Brighton and 6-2 at Tottenham, City were drawing 2-2 at half-time in both games.
The Foxes had previously been edged out by just one goal against Chelsea and Manchester United, while they showed encouraging flashes in an early 4-2 defeat at Arsenal.
Under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers has vowed to “fight on” and James Maddison insisted there were some promising signs versus Spurs.
“People will check the scoreline and see 6-2 and think ‘wow, Leicester got battered again’ but I don’t think that was the case,” he told Sky Sports.
“In the first half, it felt like the Leicester we know and the Brendan Rodgers side we’ve produced in the last few years, with the high press and creating chances.”
Rodgers is almost certainly drinking in the last-chance saloon here but couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to start the fightback.
Maddison is one of the few City players to escape criticism so far, having netted three times this term.
Punters can get Leicester vs Nottingham Forest odds.
Last Leicester line-up: Ward, Justin, Faes, Evans, Castagne, Barnes, Tielemans, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Ndidi, Daka.
Wilfred Ndidi should shake off a hamstring injury after returning from international duty early while Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) remain out.
Nottingham Forest Odds
Forest made an encouraging start to life back at this level when recovering from an opening loss at Newcastle to beat West Ham and draw at Everton.
The Reds had their limitations exposed when beaten 2-0 on home turf by Tottenham and thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City.
However, Steve Cooper will have been left more frustrated by back-to-back 3-2 defeats against Bournemouth and Fulham at the City Ground.
After gaining promotion via the play-offs, Forest made 22 summer signings, with Jesse Lingard and Morgan Gibbs-White among the high-profile arrivals.
Cooper accepts some of their problems have been self-inflicted and admits the new-look team must gel together soon.
The head coach said: “It’s something I’ve spoken about with the lads. It’s not as if we’re not aware of it. And we’ve challenged ourselves – how do we become a team?
“Whether it’s our tactical ideas, whether it’s our togetherness, whether it’s our spirit, whether it’s pushing each other, that comes when you have real trust with each other and trust is built over time.
“While going through that process of becoming a team, I’m under no illusions, we have to pick up more points than what we have.
“It’s one thing being patient but at the same time we’ve got to make sure we improve. That’s on me first and we’ll be doing our best to do that.”
The visitors do look a threat going forward, but 23/2 for a 3-1 home win is added to our Leicester vs Nottingham Forest betting tips.
Last Forest line-up: Henderson, Cook, Williams, McKenna, Boly, Lodi, Gibbs-White, Yates, Freuler, Awoniyi, Johnson.
Morgan Gibbs-White pulled out of England Under-21s duty with a foot injury while Scott McKenna withdrew ahead of Scotland’s game with Ukraine due to a knee injury. Both men will be assessed ahead of Monday’s game.
Orel Mangala is still missing with a hamstring injury along with long-term absentees Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards.
(Assist: Jamie Vardy)
(Assist: James Maddison)
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