Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Carabao Cup Match Preview :
Chelsea will hope to go further in the League Cup this season and have Eden Hazard approaching full fitness to help.
A surprise early exit to West Ham in the fourth round ended the Blues’ – five-time winners of the competition – run despite Antonio Conte willing to name a strong line-up.
The Italian has more commitments to manage this season with Champions League back on the agenda, but an expected front three of Hazard, Willian and Michy Batshuayi are fearsome.
Nottingham Forest are the opponents on Wednesday and will prove no pushovers despite Mark Warburton’s side struggling for consistency in the Championship this season.
Match Details :
Date: Wednesday, 20th September 2017
Time : 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/ 00:15 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
TV Broadcast : The match will not be televised in UK and probably in India too.
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Team News :
Chelsea : Antonio Conte has already heavily hinted that Eden Hazard will be given his first start of the season in midweek.
The Belgian has been restricted to cameo appearances in the early games of the season as he continues to recover from ankle surgery.
Elsewhere, Pedro is out while Danny Drinkwater is not expected to make his debut for another month at the earliest.
Andreas Christensen is in line to start, while Conte could hand several youth players the opportunity to impress. Jake Clarke-Salter, Kyle Scott and Charly Musonda are all in contention, and Kenedy could even make a rare outing.
David Luiz is suspended.
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Clarke-Salter, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kenedy; Musonda, Batshuayi, Hazard
Nottingham Forest : Nottingham Forest remain without the injured Matty Cash, Jamie Ward, and Chris Cohen, but apart from that they will be fielding as strong a lineup as possible as they look to pull off a giant killing.
Nottingham Forest are trying to put the disastrous 2016/17 campaign behind in which they avoided relegation from Championship on goal different. They had a good start with three wins in all competitions, but the inconsistency crept-in since then as the lost 4 from the next 7. In between, they stood firm to see-off Newcastle United in the second round of the League Cup, which was an excellent all-round performance.
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Stats :
Chelsea have won 87% of their last seven home games in the League Cup, but have conceded in 71% of them. Nottingham Forest have scored in 100% of their last ten away days in the tournament.
Head to Head Record :
Total Matches Played : 91
Chelsea won : 37
Nottingham Forest Won :26
Matches Drawn : 28
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
Antonio Conte had already hinted at giving his fringe players a run out on Wednesday. This is imminent with the team have to face Stoke City and Atletico Madrid in consecutive away fixtures. On the other hand, Forest are also expected to do the same with the team lying 3 points behind the Championship promotion zone. We understand the bench strength of Chelsea is far better than Forest and the Blues could bag the fifth consecutive win over the visitors.