Preview: Leicester City vs. Nottingham Forest

Sports Mole previews the East Midlands derby between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City play host to local rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday, hoping to keep up the pressure on league leaders Burnley.

Nigel Pearson's side occupy second place in the table after winning five of their last six games, the latest coming at Watford last weekend.

Forest have dropped to sixth position after losing their last two matches, including last Saturday's home defeat at the hands of Blackpool.

The Foxes came out on top when the two sides last met at the City Ground in May, with a 3-2 win securing a place in the playoffs.

Pearson has no fresh injury concerns and could name the same XI that beat Watford.

Forest boss Billy Davies will be forced to make changes to his team, following Djamel Abdoun's red card against Blackpool. Andy Reid is expected to replace him in the side.

Defensive pair Danny Collins and Kelvin Wilson are expected to be out for three months with ankle and back injuries respectively.

Recent form

Leicester: WWLWWW

Nott'm Forest: WDWDLL

Possible starting lineups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp; Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer; Nugent, Wood

Nott'm Forest: Darlow; Lichaj, Hobbs, Lascelles, Cohen; Jara, Vaughan; Mackie, Lansbury, Reid; Cox

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Danny Collins of Nottingham Forest during the Pre Season Friendly match between Chesterfield and Nottingham Forest at Proact Stadium on July 16, 2013
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