Ben Chilwell, who suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s victory against Bournemouth, is unavailable. Although Wesley Fofana is anticipated to return following his hamstring ailment, Marc Cucurella feels this game is too soon. Serge Aurier and Renan Lodi, two defenders for Nottingham Forest, are both questionable after leaving the game versus Southampton with injuries. Emmanuel Dennis is unavailable, yet Gustavo Scarpa is in poor physical condition after missing a month due to a calf injury.
Chelsea has defeated Nottingham Forest at home six times in a row, with the past five victories occurring in national cup competitions. In their last 12 competitive games, Forest has only won one, drawn three, and lost eight. The last league match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest resulted in a 2-1 victory in September 1998.
Chelsea Team News
Following Frank Lampard’s reappointment as interim manager, Chelsea lost six games in a row before their victory against Bournemouth on Saturday. The Blues’ current six-game home winless streak in all competitions is their worst since a 10-game skid at Stamford Bridge that lasted from November 1987 until April 1988. For the first time since Glenn Hoddle coached them in November 1993, they may suffer three consecutive home losses in the Premier League. This Premier League season, Chelsea and host Nottingham Forest have both scored 34 goals in the same number of games. Also Read:Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
There is a slim chance that we will see Academy players in these next few games given their ailments and need for something worthwhile to compete for. Given Chilwell and Cucurella’s unavailability and the extended absence of players like Omari Johnson and Charlie Webster, Lewis Hall should be ready to fill in at left-back.
Nottingham Forest Team News
After going 11 games without a win, Nottingham Forest has won two of their last three games. With just six points out of a possible 51, Forest has the lowest away record in the Premier League this season after losing seven straight away games. The aggregate score of Steve Cooper’s team’s five Premier League losses in London this season is 16-2. Danilo is trying to become the second Nottingham Forest player in Premier League history who has scored in four straight games. In March and April 1995, Stan Collymore enjoyed a run of six. In his last five Premier League contests, Morgan Gibbs-White has recorded three goals and two assists.
Chelsea Predicted Lineup
(4-3-3): Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Azpilicueta; Fernandez, Kante, Gallagher; Madueke, Havertz, Mudryk
Nottingham Forest Predicted Lineup
(4-3-3): Navas; Aurier, Felipe, Niakhate, Lodi; Mangala, Yates, Danilo; Johnson, Awoniyi, Gibbs-White
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