Match Preview: Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City

So are Leicester going to scrape into the playoffs with the lowest points total ever in a 24 team Championship?

We won’t have long to find out.

The equation for the Foxes is simple, win and hope that Bolton don’t. In the Championship, crazier things have happened. But will they happen to a Leicester side that hasn’t won away since January, and a Bolton side that’s won their last 8 home games in a row?

Leicester’s last league win at the City Ground is now 41 long years ago. In that time the Foxes have thrown away two goal leads, conceded last minute equalisers, been subject to highly debatable refereeing decisions and catastrophic errors of their own.

A Leicester defence that has conceded twice in each of it’s last four games will need to tighten up for the Foxes to have any hope.

But then again, when it has mattered on the final day, Nigel Pearson has delivered. His Carlisle United side survived in 1999 thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Jimmy Glass. His Southampton team won on the final day for only the third time in his 14 match reign to keep the Saints up in 2008, and relegate Leicester.

And thankfully Forest are hardly in red hot form themselves. Last weekend’s win at Millwall was their first in seven games.

But even if Nigel Pearson can pull it off, City will need help.

Blackpool will be taking over 3,000 fans to the Reebok Stadium, each of them hoping to put a dent in their rivals playoff hopes.

And there are some positives to point to. Since Paul Ince took over Blackpool have lost just three of his 13 games in charge. Having already secured safety it might be the away side that plays with more freedom.

The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw, in fact Blackpool are unbeaten in four against the Trotters. And if Blackpool do score first Leicester really are in business. The tangerines are one of only two Championship sides yet to lose when opening the scoring this season.

It’s going to be one of those afternoons. Cross everything.

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