4th round of the FA Cup is just around the corner with an exciting local derby vs. Nottingham Forest coming up. Always one to look forward to as this is a massive local derby.
Nottingham Forest did something of a miracle in the their 3rd round game winning at home to Arsenal with Leicester hammering Watford at home.
Date: 06.02.22, Venue: King Power Stadium, Match: Premier League
Leicester have not played Forest since 2014, where both teams competed in the Championship. A 2-2 draw away at City ground. The last clash in the FA Cup was as far back in January 2012 when the two teams first drew 0-0 at City Ground and Leicester winning the replay 4-0 with a hat trick from Jermaine Beckford being the highlight. The first one was an own goal from George Boateng.
Forest are a club who has been in transition and also had Martin O’Neill back at City Ground as he took on the challenge, but sadly our hero at Leicester could not make the impact wanted despite ending 9th in the 2018/19 season and he departed in June 2019. To see two legends at the club O’Neill and also Roy Keane being given such a treatment was strange management from owners at this football club.
They have since MON left been in a bit of a rollercoaster ride with three managers in three years seeing Sabri Lamouchi, Chris Hughton depart and Steve Cooper the manager in present. The club are at the moment 8th in the 2nd tier and close to a play-off spot.
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Manager: Brendan Rodgers, profile
Likely Line-Up, (4-3-3), Schmeichel – Justin, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas – Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison – Lookman, Daka, Barnes, Subs: Ward, Dewsbury-Hall, Choudhury, Albrighton, Soumare, Iheanacho, Vestergaard
Manager: Steve Cooper, profile
Likely Line-Up, (3-4-3), Samba – McKenna, Cook, Panzo – Lowe, Yates, Garner, Spence – Zinkernagel, Grabban, Davis
In Both Camps – Nottingham Forest
TCF Prediction: 2-1 – Win
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Looking in the back mirror you have of course a number of players who have crossed paths. Peter Shilton is of course a legend in both camps, winning the league and European Cup’s with Forest, being a fantastic goalkeeper in both camps and of course a legendary goalkeeper for England.
Gary Mills was also at Forest for many years under Brian Clough and played for Leicester in his yester years and very solid performer under the time he played for Leicester from 1989 to 1994 adding up 200 league games. He was at Forest from 1978 to 1987 with a loan at Derby and a season in the NASL with Seattle Sounders.
You also have Wes Morgan who had a legendary status at both clubs and there are others such as Trevor Christie, Franz Carr and Stan Collymore just to mention a few.
This will be a very difficult game for Leicester as Forest will do the most to try to whip the current FA Cup champions of their post as they did with the winner of the cup a year before.
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