Date: Saturday 13th May 2023
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
After 6 defeats, the win came as a bit of a surprise last week and the 3 goals, were even more surprising. So, we can finally put to bed any talk of relegation. Joyous.
Or bittersweet, because the natural reaction to celebrate and breathe a sigh of relief, or even walk down the ‘it’s been a long time since we celebrated avoiding relegation’ lane, was tinged with a reminder that our celebrations have been for markedly different reasons for a long time until this season.
Today’s game is a hard one to call. Forest, like us, come into the game off the back of a win but they’re poor on the road, whilst we’ve failed to win in six at Stamford Bridge and I’m not sure whether having the pressure off us for our last few games will be a good or bad thing now. When we needed the points, we weren’t playing for them and whilst points will make little difference to us now, some effort to finish slightly higher than 11th would be nice.
We drew away to Forest and I’d expect them to give us a tougher game today. Let’s see which version of Chelsea they get to face though.
Going into today’s game, Chelsea interim manager, Frank Lampard, says “Form has not been great and it can build up some nervousness among players and fans. I think in football it can (change the mood) but we cannot get carried away with a win. Another game comes in the Premier League against a team fighting for their lives. It’s a big test, we have to give them (Forest) complete respect. They have an effective way of playing. They are very threatening in terms of set pieces and fighting for everything. We play for pride in every game no matter what the consequences for anybody else. It’s our consequences that we are concerned about.”
Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cooper, meanwhile, says “We are playing Chelsea away so that is always going to be a tough game at any time of the season, you look at the squad they have, the changes they can make, the team they can start with, they have players all over the pitch who can make a difference and we have to be ready for that. I never pay any attention to any context around a team we play against apart from them being at their best because I always think you have to prepare for that. That’s what we’ll be doing. We want to go there with our best intentions of getting a result we really need and want. We have got to know what it takes from our guys to do well and try and minimise the strengths they have because there is a lot.”
For Chelsea, Armando Broja (ACL), Kalidou Koulibaly (hamstring), Mason Mount (pelvic), Reece James (hamstring) and Marc Cucurella (hamstring), have been joined by Ben Chilwell (hamstring) on the injury list.
For Nottingham Forest, Dean Henderson, Chris Wood, Scott McKenna, Giulian Biancone, Omar Richards, Neco Williams, Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback and Emmanuel Dennis are all out, Gustavo Scarpa is lacking fitness, whilst Serge Aurier (fitness) and Renan Lodi (knock) are doubts.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Azpilicueta; Kante, Fernandez, Kovacic; Madueke, Havertz, Sterling
FOREST (Possible line-up):
Navas; Worrall, Felipe, Niakhate, Toffolo; Freuler, Mangala, Danilo; Gibbs-White, Johnson; Awoniyi
NOTTINGHAM FOREST: LLLWLW
- Chelsea have won six successive home games against Nottingham Forest in all competitions.
- Forest have won one of the past 12 competitive meetings.
- Chelsea ended a run of six straight defeats against Bournemouth last weekend.
- Nottingham Forest have won two of their past three matches.
- Chelsea are without a win in six home games in all competitions.
- Nottingham Forest have lost seven successive away games and have the worst Premier League away record this season.
- Chelsea could suffer three straight Premier League home defeats for only the second time.
- Nottingham Forest have lost on all five Premier League visits to London this season.
- Both sides have scored 34 goals in as many Premier League matches this season.
Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Nottingham Forest