Premier League News: Prediction: Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    Two teams looking for real momentum on Monday night, Leicester will welcome Nottingham Forest to King Power.


    From the hosts to the September international break with yet another nightmarish spectacle, it’s no secret that Leicester have found themselves at the epicenter of a true Premier League nightmare. Celebrating his return to duty on Monday night, sitting at the very bottom of the table, many around the King Power will be surprised that Brendan Rodgers remains in the dugout. Having come under scrutiny in recent months, the Foxes are now in the middle of a relegation shock fight. Remarkably, with just one point in any of the first seven Premier League matches this season, the former Liverpool boss will know that Monday’s meeting is a real showdown for the former top-flight champions. Showing a number of defensive problems and scoring a staggering 11 goals in their defeats to Tottenham and Brighton before half-time, Rodgers’ dismal side should find some stability.

    Team news

    Jamie Vardy, who will have to settle for Leicester’s loss to Tottenham and Brighton, looks set to make a full return to the squad on Monday night.

    James Maddison, who has scored three goals this season and is undoubtedly Rodgers’ standout, should join Vardy in attack. Despite a recent investigation, ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward is set to start the game between the sticks again.

    Nottingham Forest

    On the away side, while Nottingham Forest may have managed a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Ham back on 14 August, Steve Cooper’s team clearly failed to keep up that momentum. Last seen on their way to the international break with another outstanding failure on home soil, the returnees from the Premier League have now lost each of their last four top division tournaments. After all, having been beaten 3-2 by Fulham and Bournemouth, the Reds seem destined for relegation this time around. With just one win in their first seven games this season, Monday’s visitors have also earned a reputation for their outrageous defensive performance. In a series highlighted by a 6-0 away thrashing of defending champions Manchester City before the start of September, Forest landed 14 strikes in their four-match losing streak.

    Team news

    Nottingham Forest have announced that Scott McKenna, 25, is suspected of injury after suffering an injury while away from Scotland.

    Similarly, despite all of last month’s injury issues, Cooper’s team will again be without the trio of Omar Richards, Orel Mangal and Moussa Niahate on Monday night.

    Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two local rivals last met on 6 February in the FA Cup, Nottingham Forest won a resounding 4-1 victory at the City Ground.
    • Leicester have managed just one point in any of their first seven Premier League matches this season.
    • Similarly, Monday’s visitors have lost each of their previous four Premier League matches, 14-4 on aggregate.
    • Including 11 goals conceded against Tottenham and Brighton before the international break.
    • Leicester have already scored 22 goals this season.
      In four of the last five meetings, both teams have scored goals.


    Two sides that had shown some pretty egregious defensive problems before the September international break, neutral players will be looking forward to another lively meeting on Monday night. With just one point from their first seven Premier League games and last scoring six away at Tottenham on 17 September, Leicester are in the midst of a public nightmare. Having already landed a staggering 22 strikes in the top flight, Rodgers will know that he personally has a real fight to win here. However, while the Foxes may sit at the very bottom of the table, Nottingham Forest aren’t faring much better. Defeated by Fulham and Bournemouth last month when they were beaten 3-2 on home soil, returning Premier League players have also earned a reputation for their holey defense. It should be noted that in four of the last five meetings between opponents on Monday, both teams scored goals, and here we support a similar outcome.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

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