Both teams will be looking at this match as an opportunity, they are the bottom two teams in the league and Leicester are still chasing their first win of the season. However, Brendan Rodgers is still in charge, despite increasing pressure. Rodger’s insisted Leicester would not change and would play the same style of football before their match against Spurs and I don’t see that change here. Nottingham Forest are 4 matches without a win in all competitions and as time ticks on they can only hope the squad will gel, as they hoped, as soon as possible. With injuries to several centre backs, it will be interesting to see if Steve Cooper sticks with a 3 at the back formation or switches to a flat 4, either way both teams will be hoping they can find a win to kick start their season.
Leicester City v Nottingham Forest Bet Builder Tips
Over 2.5 Goals
Both teams have been involved in incredibly high scoring matches so far this season. Nottingham Forest matches have seen 23 goals in just 7 matches, an average of 3.3 goals per game, while Leicester matches have seen 32 goals, a monster 4.57 goals per match on average. Leicester City have conceded 22 goals this season, 3 more than 2nd worst Bournemouth who have lost 9-0 this season. Nottingham Forest are the 3rd highest conceding team in the league having let 17 past them, it is fair to say both teams are better at scoring goals than they are defending them.
Both teams try to play good passing football and get men forward and the mentality of both managers makes it very likely that this will be an open match. Leicester City matches have had over 2.5 goals in 6 of their 7 matches so far this season and Nottingham Forest matches have had over 2.5 goals in just 3 of their matches, however these were all their last 3 games. I can only see this as an attacking match where both teams push for a win, so I am backing over 2.5 goals.
James Maddison to have 1+ Shot on Target
James Maddison has, without a doubt, been Leicester’s best player so far this season and he will be pivotal if they are to win the match here. Maddison has averaged 1.07 shots on target and has had at least one in every match except the loss to Brighton. He had 3 shots on target in their last match against Spurs and continues to star in a struggling Leicester team. He was surprisingly left out of the England squad so will have had time to rest and will come back fighting to prove Southgate wrong.
Forest have allowed 7 shots on target per match this season on average and with this openness at the back Leicester can expect to get chances. With James Maddison being a danger both in open play and from set pieces, Leicester’s best chances will likely come through him and for this reason I am backing him to have a shot on target.
Ryan Yates to have 2+ Shots
Despite all the signings Forest made this summer, as soon as Ryan Yates became available to Steve Cooper again, he came back into the side and started all their last 5 matches. Yates has the ability to find space on the edge of the box and hit shots from range as well as attacking the box from crosses and being a danger from set pieces. Yates has averaged 2.77 shots per 90 so far this season and averaged 1.25 shots per 90 last season in the Championship.
On average, teams playing against Leicester City have 12.7 shots per match and with the attacking intent Forest play with they could have even more than that. 20 of the last 40 shots Leicester City have faced have been from outside the box and this is ideal territory for Ryan Yates. While Leicester allow space in this area, Forest will use that space and Ryan Yates will be in a prime position to take the long shots he often does. With the space he could potentially be afforded I see Yates having at least 2 shots in this match.
Joe Worrall to be Shown a Card
Joe Worrall is Nottingham Forest’s joint most carded this player this season, with 3 yellow cards and has committed 12 fouls, more than any other Forest player. He has mainly played as the right centre back for Forest this season and this position will be one of the most challenging on the pitch. Leicester’s most fouled players by far this season are James Maddison and James Justin, they have been fouled 19 and 17 times respectively. Maddison drops into positions out wide and as an attacking midfielder will be in a position up against Worrall in plenty of scenarios. James Justin has played as a left back or left wing back in 5 out of his 7 matches and Worrall will be expected to come across and help cover when James Justin attacks. Worrall will be in positions throughout the match where he will be up against Leicester’s most fouled players and as the Forest player who has committed the most fouls this season, I see him as being a favourite to be booked in this match.
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Leicester City predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ward; Castagne, Evans, Faes, Justin; Ndidi; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Vardy
Nottingham Forest predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Williams, Worrall, Cook, Lodi; Yates, Freuler; Johnson, O’Brien, Lingard; Awoniyi
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How to watch Leicester City v Nottingham Forest in the Premier League?
📅 When is Leicester City v Nottingham Forest? / Monday, 3rd October 2022, 8:00PM
🏟 Where is Leicester City v Nottingham Forest? / King Power Stadium (Leicester)
📺 What TV channel is Leicester City v Nottingham Forest on? / Sky Sports Main Event
🟨 …And who is the referee for Leicester City v Nottingham Forest? / R. Jones 🏴