Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City: Predicted Line-Ups
Leicester City travel to face Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the FA Cup | Credit: Getty Images | Stephen White

Leicester City face rivals, Nottingham Forest, for the first time in eight years as the two sides meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup this Sunday.

Leicester head into this clash as the favourites having won the competition last year, defeating Chelsea in the 2021 final at Wembley thanks to a stunning goal from Youri Tielemans.

However, the Foxes have suffered from an injury-plagued season with many of their top players absent for the fixture against Forest

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will hope that his side will be able to reproduce a similar performance to their third-round victory over fellow Premier League side Watford, the Foxes were victorious in an impressive 4-1 routing.

Leicester City

Fortunately for Rodgers, he will have two of his first-team players return from the African Cup of Nations in time for the clash with Forest. Wilfred Ndidi and forward Kelechi Iheanacho rejoin the squad from their duty with Nigeria.

Leicester may be forced to play without a handful of their top defensive players with centre-backs Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana both absent through injuries.

Full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne will also miss the clash as they too remain on the treatment table. Main striker Jamie Vardy is still unavailable following his hamstring injury suffered against Liverpool in December.

The Foxes will also be without midfielder Nampalys Mendy, who remains in Cameroon to play in the AFCON final on Wednesday for Senegal.

Rodgers will likely start a similar 11 to the team that drew against Brighton in January with Kasper Schmeichel in goal behind a pairing of Çağlar Söyüncü and Daniel Amartey.

Young full-backs Luke Thomas and James Justin will likely complete the four-man defence with Tielemans and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall sitting in midfield. There could be a start for Ndidi, however, Rodgers may not want to risk using the returning midfielder sooner than necessary.

<strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall</a></strong> and Youri Tielemans will likely start in midfield against <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>Nottingham Forest</a></strong> | Credit: Getty Images | Francesco Pecoraro
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Youri Tielemans will likely start in midfield against Nottingham Forest | Credit: Getty Images | Francesco Pecoraro

Expected to continue with his 4-2-3-1 formation, Rodgers will likely start midfield maestro James Maddison in the number 10 role with Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman on the wings.

Rodgers will have the option of using either Iheanacho or the in-form Patson Daka upfront with Vardy still sidelined. Daka will likely start as the lone striker, having scored in the last fixture against Brighton in the Premier League.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Thomas, Söyüncü, Amartey, Justin, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Lookman, Daka

Nottingham Forest

Having won one of their last eight meetings with rivals Leicester, Forest fans will be eager to cause an upset over the current FA Cup holders.

Steve Cooper's side stunned Premier League side Arsenal in a shocking upset in the third round, defeating the Gunners 1-0 thanks to a Lewis Grabban goal.

The Reds head into this fixture off the back of a busy January transfer window, having signed five new additions all available for the clash with Leicester.

Keinan Davis, Steve Cook, Richie Laryea, Sam Surridge, and Jonathan Panzo all joined the club as Forest look for a late promotion push in the EFL Championship.

Goalkeeper Brice Samba will likely remain in goal behind a back-three of Joe Worrall, Steve Cook, and Scott McKenna.

Cooper could use his 3-5-2 formation once again with Djed Spence and Jack Colback operating out wide with a midfield three of Ryan Yates, Philip Zinckernagel, and James Garner.

<strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>Nottingham Forest</a></strong> will be without top striker <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>Lewis Grabban</a></strong> for their clash with <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>Leicester City</a></strong> | Credit: Getty Images | Laurence Griffiths
Nottingham Forest will be without top striker Lewis Grabban for their clash with Leicester City | Credit: Getty Images | Laurence Griffiths


Top striker Grabban suffered a potential ankle injury in their last fixture against Cardiff, leaving Forest without their main goal threat for the meeting with the Foxes. New signings Davis and Surridge may lead the line for Cooper's side with Grabban sidelined.

Nottingham Forest XI: Samba, Worrall, Cook, McKenna, Spence, Colback, Yates, Zinckernagel, Garner, Davis, Surridge