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Massive clash at the bottom as Leicester take on Forest in relegation battle
Leicester to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Leicester, King Power StadiumBet Now
The situation at Leicester is going to reach boiling point at some stage sooner rather than later.
A club as big as Leicester, one that has won the Premier League and the FA Cup in the last seven years, cannot be bottom of the table with one point from a possible 21 available.
They have a squad that has challenged for European positions in the league over the past three seasons, as well as a manager well respected in Brendan Rodgers.
Having said that, runs as bad as this often end with the sacking of the manager, which you fear will happen if this doesn’t change soon.
Nottingham Forest are only one place ahead of Leicester, sitting on four points. Forest are new to the Premier League this season, but that hasn’t stopped them spending £150m on new players. It’s safe to say they haven’t clicked yet.
This is a huge game for both teams.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Played well in spells against Spurs, scoring twice
The owners seem behind Rodgers for now
Reasons to be fearful:
Conceded 22 goals in seven games, remaining without a win
Won just one of their past seven meetings with Forest
If reports in the press are to be believed, Leicester’s Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha flew in for talks at the club this week.
Whether or not they were related to the performance of manager Brendan Rodgers is up for debate, but the situation is getting very serious for the club. They simply cannot afford to go down this season.
Games against teams near you in the table often determine your success, and Leicester must see this as an opportunity to secure their first win of the season.
They may be able to call on three previously injured players to help their cause, with Ndidi, Daka and Praet all returning to training this week.
While Leicester have looked good going forward, such as scoring twice against Tottenham, they simply can’t defend properly. They must fix that if they want to move up the table.
Star Man – James Maddison
Much was made of the midfielder not being selected for England during the recent international break, which shows you how highly many in the game rate him. He must come good for his team here.
Reasons to be cheerful
A 17-day gap since their last game will have helped recovery
Arguably the best time to play Leicester
Reasons to be fearful
Five defeats from seven games is a poor start
Cooper doesn’t seem to know his best team
If Brendan Rodgers is under pressure at Leicester, then Steve Cooper must also be feeling the pinch with the current situation at Nottingham Forest.
As a newly promoted manager, Cooper will be afforded more time than most, due to the great work he did in achieving promotion in the first place.
However, with all the money that has been spent on the club, Cooper arguably does not know what his best team is right now. Marquee signings such as Jesse Lingard have been left on the bench in recent weeks.
Against Leicester, they will arguably never have a better time to play against a team currently bottom of the league. The King Power stadium is not the fortress it once was and fans are unhappy with their team’s form.
Still, it’ll be tough for them to go there and claim three points, which is why they must improve themselves.
Star Man – Taiwo Awoniyi
Scored in last weekend’s defeat to Bournemouth, and Forest’s number nine looks like he could cause defences problems if he has the right service.
Both sides desperate for a win
Heads could drop if Leicester concede the first goal
Could be a nervy game with defensive mistakes
Neither side has struggled to score goals in recent games.
Leicester scored twice against Tottenham, with Forest have netted two goals in each of their last two games, although both teams continue to taste defeat.
They simply don’t have the confidence to defend well right now, which shows that the best thing to do would be to go on the attack and try and outscore their opponents.
That’s unlikely to happen as both teams will be nervy, and we could see an edgy game with few goals.
At home, you feel Leicester’s crowd will push them on.
Leicester to win 1-0
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