Foxes Provide Perfect Chance For Forest To Bounce Back

Although Billy Davies was left disappointed with the manner of his side's FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United on Sunday he will have been pleased that the Reds are straight back into action with a big game to look forward to against the clear Championship leaders.

Forest were 2-0 winners at Leicester in November, surprising the Foxes with first-half goals from Cox and Mackie and defending strongly after the break.

"We worked very hard on the shape of the team and the tactics and the strength and weaknesses of the opposition," said Davies after that game.

Forest hadn't won for three games before their trip to the King Power Stadium and didn't win for three afterwards but a long unbeaten run has seen them maintain hopes of an automatic promotion place while the Foxes recovered quickly to march clear at the top of the table.

Their manager Nigel Pearson has been able to wrap his players up in cotton wool over the past week while the Reds have travelled to Huddersfield and Sheffield but has looked to play down that perceived advantage.

"It will be a good game between two sides who are trying to win it, and who are capable of winning it," he told the Leicester Mercury earlier this week. 

"It will be down to who plays the best football and gets the breaks on the night."

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