Another Friday night game, another late preview. An opportunity for the Reds to steal a march on Leeds – a win would put us back in the play-off places, with Leeds to play in-form Reading later in the evening. Of course, that requires us getting a win – and that’s not something that’s not going to be something the Foxes will want to hand over too easily to us.
The latest East Midlands team the Swedish Leech has involved himself with are only five points adrift of the play-offs themselves, and will certainly be looking to avoid any further slip-ups to keep that aspiration alive. Their unpredictable results of late make the pessimist in me fear one of their good days rather than a bad one.
On the team front the welcome return of Chris Cohen following his suspension, a welcome return indeed to give our midfield its’ engine back. Of course, as one door opens, another closes – we lose Paul Konchesky to suspension after he picked up two bookings against Norwich last week. With Lynch and Bennett potentially injured I’m expecting to see Gunts or Moloney covering left back.
Boyd has recovered from his ankle injury sustained at Norwich, whilst Robbie Findley is a possibility having completed a week of training, although in the pre-match press conference Ned Kelly suggested he was some way off being ready (leading to inevitable speculation as to why Billy wasn’t there after further snipes at the board on Sky last week).
That leaves longer term injury victims Blackstock, Anderson and Wilson unavailable to us. Leicester have cult hero Bamba missing after injuring his hamstring last week against Reading. Their form has been indifferent of late, but then, ours has been something approximating horse-shit, so it’s a pretty unpredictable game with plenty at stake for both sides.
There’s likely to be a decent following from Leicester to cheer them on too, which should hopefully stir the home crowd into a decent performance too. On the pitch certainly we owe Leicester a solid game, having put in a thoroughly disappointing shift at the Walkers Stadium – deservedly losing to a solitary Andy King strike. Again with Sky cameras present.
To compound the supposed curse of Sky cameras (which of course, we use to suit our purposes – Sky were there when we beat West Brom so convincingly afterall!), there’s the small matter of the referee for the game being Mark ‘OMG I must send a Forest player off! LOLZ‘ Clattenberg is refereeing the match. So at least we’ll know who will be centre of attention, aside from Sven.
I’m finding this one too tough to call – both sides have players capable of inflicting damage on the other, but equally both have struggled to find form of late. Given our recent record I’m tempted to predict disappointment. Both sides really need a win retain much hope of snagging a play-off spot, and my concern is that when the chips are down like this, Forest tend to fold.
Oh, and apparently we turned down a £5m bid from Arsenal for one of our youth team centrebacks. What the hell?!
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