Forest vs. Leicester City preview..

Two sides with two former England managers who’ve enjoyed perhaps not the kind of auspicious start to their Championship campaigns.  Whilst the Reds might draw some confidence from a midweek win at Doncaster, the Foxes suffered the ignominy of being booed off the pitch at the Walkers Stadium, sorry, the King Power Stadium, where they’ve lost their last two games to Reading and Bristol City.

With eleven signings being made by Sven Goran Eriksson it’s perhaps not surprising that our next opponents appear to be struggling to gel, much like we’ve not quite found the line-up or indeed formation that best suits our new era under Steve McClaren.  I’m not sure what to predict from this one, because let’s be honest, we’ve not got much ground for over-confidence.

Forest have proven unpredictable in terms of line-ups – but it seems likely Ishmael Miller will be champing at the bit for a full debut having made a substitute appearance at Doncaster and continued to get match time in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brighton.  I’m hoping to see a partnership between him and Matt Derbyshire to start.

On the injury front we’ve got Anderson and Moussi out with shorter term knocks, and the longer term knee-injury victims Dex and McCleary.

As for Leicester, Sven responded to defeat at the hands of Reading by ringing the changes to face Bristol City – so maybe he’ll do the same again following another disappointing performance from his expensively assembled squad.  It would be pretty futile to suggest they don’t have the potential in their personnel to cause us a fair few issues – particularly if we’re in “suicidal defending” mode again.

Certainly I wouldn’t expect Kasper Schmeichel to do us the kind of favour Chris Weale did last year when he somehow let in the weakest pea-roller ever from Paul McKenna to gift the Reds an edgy 3-2 victory at the City Ground.  Of course, the less said about the game at their place prior to that the better – that didn’t go so well at all!

Given the development stage both squads seem to be in under new managers I’m struggling to find an informed opinion on the outcome – certainly I’m not discounting the possibility of us getting a positive result, but fear disjointedness on both sides might result in an ill-tempered affair where neither side is able to break down the other.  Or we might lose of course.

I’m full of insight, me.  What do you think?  Certainly so far the Foxes have shown nothing to justify their pre-season spend-inspired hype – but well, do you expect Derby be level pegging with the league leaders once the season is underway proper?

Oh god.  That’s tempting fate, isn’t it?

10 Responses

  1. Yep. Tough one this. Think it may hinge on how well we neutralise king. I’d expect to sea boateng and greening holding, with cohen back at left back (boo) or left attacking midfield (hurrah). Finding a berth for miller and derbyshire with findley off the bench. Hope we don’t play reid as fester are too good for us to play with effectivly 10 men when they are in possession, much as I rate reids distribution when we have the ball. It really could go anyway. 3 weeks ago, staring at the fixtures I’d have been happy with 1 point from leic and the hammers, but the teething troubles are making me more optimistic. We may get 2 points.

  2. Schteve v Sven is not on live TV but is down to be the featured match on the football league show. Given the Foxes poor form and our win at Doony, I’ll go for us to beat them 2-1, with both new strikers on the scoresheet!

    Incidentally, I’ve just been looking at the career records of Miller and Derbyshire on the official site. Neither of them have ever played regularly for any club and this is probably the crunch stage for both of them in their careers. They will both think of themselves as ‘premiership players’ but need to prove themselves at this level in order
    to get back there. Let’s all hope they both play regularly for us and fulfil their potential.

  3. STEVE vs SVEN is live on p2p !

  4. Aye tough to call not much in it me thinks any other links that the game might be online ?

  5. Alan – what the devil is PSP? Is it free for someone with t’internet? Cheers! Ian

  6. Yes Ian, It’s free. Just type in p2p. live sport, football and scroll down to our match.
    There are usually a few choices. Some work better than others and commentaries on big games can be in other languagesas well as English.
    You just have to try them all and see which works best for you.
    I live on a carribean island and watch football and golf on sky sports with this. Good luck !! Alan

  7. Alan – great, thanks. It sounds as if it may be illegal. Is it? Actually, perhaps best not answer that. Pleased to hear that Forest have a supporter in the Carribean!!! Good work!!! Ian

  8. another good one is vipbox(dot)tv – I always seem to struggle with p2p! Currently in India wearing the famous Garibaldi in anticipation of a Forest win…

  9. I wish I had not mentioned p2p now as I can’t access it at all now !!I’ll keep it quiet next time !

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