Strongly fancied for promotion after a summer spending spree, Leicester's optimism has been somwhat tempered by successive home defeats while Forest will go into the game buoyed by their first win of the season against Doncaster in midweek.
Plenty of media interest will be focused on the City Ground as former England managers Steve McClaren and Sven Goran Eriksson oppose each other and the Swede does not expect to have a new striker on board in time for the game.
"I think we have been linked with every striker, but I don't think that will happen," he said of reports suggesting that Jermaine Beckford was a target.
"We will see what happens. It is important now to lift up the atmosphere and go to Nottingham and play better than we did here, but above all to get a result because that is what we need."
Opposite number McClaren meanwhile is finding his feet fast in the Championship after his return to the English game.
"We are still deciding on our best team," he said.
"I am learning about the league - four games in 10 days feels like 10 weeks. I am learning about the league, the team and the players as individuals. Everything is a learning process."