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In opposition: Leicester City v Nottingham Forest

7 November 2012

Leicester City and Nottinhgam Forest go head-to-head at the King Power Stadium on Saturday with local bragging rights at stake.

Here, we preview the match with the help of a supporter from each club.



Name: Joe Brewin.

Club: Leicester City.

Number of years as a supporter: 14.

Favourite moment as a fan: Lifting the League Cup in 2000.

How many games a season do you attend? Living outside of Leicester with other commitments makes it tough, but around 10-15.

Where do you sit? The Kop.


Name: Adam Peberday.

Club: Nottingham Forest.

Number of years as a supporter: 11.

Favourite moment as a fan: In my 11 years as a fan the bad times have certainly outweighed the good times. I'd have to say for me, and probably many other fans that are around my age, the highlight is promotion from npower League 1 or the 3-0 drubbing of Manchester City in the FA cup third round. The back-to-back Play-Off campaigns under Billy Davies were enjoyable, too.

How many games a season do you attend? 30-35

Where do you sit? Season ticket in the Trent End.


What happened in your last match?

JB: A gritty goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers - but a useful point nonetheless.

AP: Last Saturday, we came unstuck against an impressive Millwall side at the City Ground and got a taught a lesson in finishing, Millwall went onto win the game 4-1 with a flurry of quick-fire second-half goals. We then drew 0-0 at home to Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Why is this game important?

JB: There's always local pride at stake in these games, whether Forest fans admit it or not. Plus, these are two sides who should be fighting it out at the top when May comes around.

AP: This game is obviously important for local bragging right but our main rivals will always be Derby. This season Leicester look a decent outfit under Nigel Pearson and are going well in the League but we could do with the three points on Saturday to keep in touching distance of the Play-Offs.

How do you see this game going?

JB: We've hit a sticky patch, with no wins in our last three, but Tuesday night was the first game in which we've failed to score this season. Both teams have enough to trouble anybody in this division, so I think a score draw is likely.

AP: Leicester look a strong and well organised side, and Forest, having only lost three games all season, will be well set up to deal with the threats that Leicester have. I think this will be a tight affair with neither team wanting to give much away.

Who should we keep our eye on?

Wes Morgan, the Nottingham-born City Ground hero, has been a revelation at the heart of defence this season. He's our captain now and leading by example. JB:

Billy Sharp seems to have found his feet over the past few games netting three goals in the process. He seems to have struck up a decent partnership with Simon Cox. Billy's quality is there for all to see and his movement and work rate has been outstanding. In a tight game like this, his movement in the final third could make all of the difference. AP:

Any memories of previous encounters?

JB: We don't have a bad recent home record against Forest at all. We thrashed them 4-0 in the FA Cup last season and grabbed a convincing 3-0 win three seasons ago. Going up against them away from home is a different story, however...

AP: My most recent memory was the embarrassment of the 4-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat at the King Power Stadium. A midweek game where everything seemed to go wrong. Fans were losing patience and broke out into chants of 'we want our Billy back' and 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' on a game that was live on TV for all to see - the less said about that the better. A happier memory for Forest fans would be the 5-1 win at the City Ground, a game where we, and in particular our hat-trick hero Robbie Earnshaw, outclassed Leicester for 90 minutes.

Score prediction?

JB: 1-1.

AP: Two evenly matched teams. 1-1.

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