Brendan Rodgers famously masterminded an FA Cup triumph for Leicester last season, and he has already set to work retaining the Foxes’ crown, eliminating fellow Premier League side Watford in the previous round. But in Nottingham Forest, he now faces a club accustomed to upsetting the top-flight apple cart.
In this East Midlands derby, Forest welcome another Premier League big boy to town, and they will be relishing this match-up having claimed the scalp of Arsenal in the third round. Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees lived up to their moniker and kept a lid on the Londoners in an emphatic 1-0 win at the City Ground.
It really was ‘the magic of the cup’, and Cooper will now be eyeing up another giantkilling to give Forest some East Midlands bragging rights, and potentially produce something miraculous in the competition this term. Rodgers, though, will not be resting on his laurels when Leicester make the short journey on Sunday.
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Nottingham Forest vs Leicester: Match Stats
James Maddison was the star of the third round for Leicester after he notched a delectable chip against Watford, before his dummy ultimately saw the ball fall to Marc Albrighton for the fourth (after some ping-ponging in the box), and he will be eyeing up another performance to get his side through to the next round.
That may come by virtue of another ‘worldie’. It was an eye-pleasing dink in the last round, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he produced another strike out of the top drawer here. Not only has he taken on more shots than any other Leicester player in the Premier League this season (43), but he currently ranks fifth for most goals from outside the box since 2017/18 among any player in the top flight (11).
Maddison appears hungry to impress and possibly ask questions of the England squad on the year of a World Cup.
19 Feb 2014 – Nottingham Forest 2-2 Leicester – Championship
09 Nov 2013 – Leicester 0-2 Nottingham Forest – Championship
04 May 2013 – Nottingham Forest 2-3 Leicester – Championship
10 Nov 2012 – Leicester 2-2 Nottingham Forest – Championship
27 Mar 2012 – Leicester 0-0 Nottingham Forest – Championship
These two side haven’t met in nearly eight years. The last time they did actually came at the City Ground and the points were shared on that occasion. Ten-man Leicester (after Paul Konchesky got sent off) strengthened their grip on the Championship summit following that game. Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez helped Leicester on their way to a precious point as they closed in on promotion that season.