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Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips: Foxes searching for more FA Cup joy

| 05.02.2022

Preview and odds for Sunday’s FA Cup clash

The East Midlands derby takes centre stage in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and we have trawled through all the odds to pick out some Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips. 

Forest caused an upset when eliminating Arsenal in the third round and are 27/10 to claim another Premier League scalp on home soil, while the Foxes are evens to make their short trip up the M1 a successful one.  

Sunday’s match at the City Ground kicks off at 4pm and is live on BBC1.  

Tricky Trees tough to beat 

Forest have lost just four times since Steve Cooper took over at the City Ground and have gone from propping up the Championship table and staring at relegation to being just two points off the play-offs, with a realistic chance of making the end-of-season shoot-out.  

Only Huddersfield and Fulham have won in Nottingham since Cooper has stepped into the City Ground dugout and this fixture being on home soil would give Forest a much better chance of upsetting the odds than if they were the side travelling to the King Power.  

They are unbeaten in three at home having followed up their third-round win over the Gunners with a win over bitter rivals Derby in a heated Brian Clough Trophy clash and putting three past struggling Barnsley.  

They didn’t concede in two of those wins, while in the other, it took an 88th-minute penalty to see the Forest net bulge. It is 11/2 for another win to nil, while a clean sheet can be backed at 13/4 in Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips.  

Lewis Grabban fired home the winner against Arsenal last month, but the 34-year-old limped off injured against Cardiff last week and has been ruled out until March. In his absence young Brennan Johnson may have to step up and add to his seven league goals. The Welshman is 3/1 to score at any time.  

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Rodgers on the ropes

Despite at times playing some fine football, the defending champions have struggled to find any real consistency this season and their campaign has been summed up perfectly in their last two games where they have headed into the final stages of both matches with a lead only to come away with a solitary point from a possible six.  

If conceding two deep in stoppage time to Tottenham was unfortunate, then making the same mistakes only four days later to let in a late equaliser against Brighton was simply criminal.  

Injuries and unavailability haven’t helped Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers this term and he has faced a tough task juggling his pack with regular midweek football in Europe to contend with.

However, in a catch 22 situation, the Foxes’ poor league position means winning a cup is the best way for Leicester to return to continental competition next year and they may have to roll their sleeves up and grin and bear a fast and furious finish to the season.  

Like their third-round victory over Watford, this match could be coming at the right time to restore some confidence and a Leicester victory combined with both teams to score could offer real value at 3/1 considering both sides’ recent records.  

Leicester won 4-1 when they entertained the Hornets in FA Cup action last month and a Foxes win in a match featuring over 4.5 goals is 9/1, while Patson Daka has scored in his last two and could continue to lead the line in the absence of Jamie Vardy.

The Zambia international is 3/1 to break the deadlock, while it is 13/10 for the Foxes to win and Daka to have one or more shots on target in Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips.  


Honours are fairly even between these two from their most recent five clashes, which have all come in the second tier. They have a victory each with three draws from their last five and another share of the spoils is 12/5 this time.  

There were four or more goals in three of those matches and if you fancy another entertaining contest, over 3.5 can be backed at 23/10, while a Foxes victory can be added to that selection to make a 19/4 build-your-bet coupon.  

It finished 2-2 when the pair last faced off and the same scoreline after 90 minutes is 14/1 in Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips, while a draw with both teams scoring is 10/3.  

The two sides last met in the FA Cup at this stage of the competition 10 years ago, when Forest were able to hold on for a goalless draw at the City Ground. A goalless stalemate is 9/1 this time around, however, Leicester ran riot in the replay, running out 4-0 winners. Rodgers’ side are a huge 45/1 to hit that number this time.  

Key trends 

There have been three goals in the hosts’ last three games, while goals have also not been hard to find in Leicester’s recent fixtures, with two five-goal sessions in two of their last three. That suggests over 2.5 could come into play here combined with BTTS at 13/10.  

Leicester have scored first in their last four games and could be worth backing to grab the first goal of the match at 8/11. Both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win at 7/4 and a goal in both halves and draw at 11/2 are a couple of #YourCall options that catch the eye in Nottingham Forest v Leicester betting tips.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



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