Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest: Premier League preview, Gameweek 9, 2022
Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest competes for the ball with Luke Thomas of Leicester City during the FA Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City at the City Ground, Nottingham on Sunday 6th February 2022. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The international break came at an advantageous time for Leicester City, who had conceded eleven goals in their last two games to enter the break as bottom of the Premier League.

The Foxes return to the King Power Stadium after losing their last two home games. This form appears to have alarmed the boardroom, with John Percy of The Telegraph reporting that chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to attend his first game in over six weeks on Monday.

According to the report, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his job after a disastrous start to the season, but Srivaddhanaprabha is also determined to support the 49-year-old, who has been in charge since February 2019 and has won the FA Cup and Community Shield with the Foxes.

Only Leicester's dismal start to the season prevents Nottingham Forest, who have three more points than their opponents, from currently being at the bottom of the Premier League. That will change, though, if Forest lose this match, which would see them finishing the ninth game week at the bottom of the table.

This season, the Reds have taken the lead first in four of their seven games, but have only collected four points from those games. They have taken the lead in their last two games against fellow promoted teams Fulham and Bournemouth, but have lost both games 3-2.

Steve Cooper's flurry of new signings are struggling to gel cohesively, and he will be hoping that this fixture will be the one to change that. Forest's emphatic 4-1 FA Cup win over Leicester last season will instil confidence in the team, who are hoping to avoid losing their fifth consecutive league match in a single season for the first time since 2004.

Team news

Leicester City

Following the international break, Rodgers confirmed fitness concerns with Wilfred Ndidi and Dennis Praet, but stated that the midfield duo will both be available for the game against Forest.

Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand remain long-term absentees, and Patson Daka is still battling illness, implying that Jamie Vardy will return to the starting lineup.

Danny Ward is likely to remain in goal, but after his recent performances, Daniel Iversen will be confident that he will be given a chance to prove his worth in the near future.

Nottingham Forest 

Scott McKenna, who withdrew from the Scotland squad due to a knee injury, is a possible doubt for the match. Moussa Niakhaté and Orel Mangala are also unlikely to feature due to injuries.

Emmanuel Dennis and Morgan Gibbs-White are also questionable for Monday's game after being forced to withdraw from their respective national teams through injuries.

Lewis O'Brien and Jesse Lingard may make their return to the starting lineup, while Cooper may be tempted to start with a back four after recent performances, with Loic Badé hoping to come into the defence to make his Forest debut.

Likely line-ups

Leicester City

Ward; Castagne, Evans, Faes, Justin; Ndidi; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Vardy.

Nottingham Forest

Henderson; Williams, Worrall, Badé, Lodi; Yates, Freuler, O’Brien; Johnson, Lingard; Awoniyi.

Key players

James Maddison 

After finishing last season with four goals and three assists in Leicester's final four Premier League games, Maddison has carried that form into this season, scoring three goals and registering one assist in the first six games.

The 25-year-old has scored his side's opener in four of his last goal scoring outings and will be hoping to put Leicester ahead again during this match.

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Brennan Johnson

Johnson will be eager to add to his goal involvements this season after such a productive season in the Championship last year. 

The 21-year-old scored 18 goals and registered 10 assists in the Championship last term and has two goals in the Premier League this season, but if he wants to remain Forest's talisman, he will need to be more involved during this campaign.

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Match details

Where is the game being played?

The game is being played at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in the East Midlands

What time is kick-off?

This match is on Monday, October 3, and kicks off at 8pm.

How can I watch?

The fixture will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League as part of Monday Night Football.

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