The FA Cup season for the Premier league teams kick off this weekend with Chelsea taking on Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round. Chelsea have a long history of FA Cup ties with Forest; the teams will be meeting for the fifth time in the competition and the Blues have the upper hand, winning the last four fixtures which also includes a 2-0 win over the Championship side last season at home.
Chelsea will be looking forward to this game on Sunday to ensure that key squad members are rotated after a busy holiday period with a lot of our academy stars featuring in the game. Fortune favours the Blues ahead of their third round FA Cup game as they look to take on a Forest side who sit 4th in the Championship table under manager Sabri Lamouchi who have won their last three fixtures.
The Blues have played 4 matches in the last 10 days with 2 wins 1 draw and 1 loss to wind up the festive period. Frank Lampard and Jody Morris have addressed their intention to rotate the squad in their press conferences and we may see some of our academy stars featuring in this game against Forest. The likes of Tariq Lamptey, Marc Guehi and Ian Maatsen may all feature in the starting XI along with Willy Caballero, Christensen, Batshuayi, Pedro, Giroud and Barkley who have not seen too many minutes with the first team this season.
Team News and Injuries
“Injury wise, Alonso and Ruben are out. Apart from that we are still having a look at a few players in the fallout from Brighton. At the moment, it is looking good apart from them two. Fik trained today and is not feeling the best, Olivier is okay”. Jody Morris had this to say with relation to our injuries at yesterday’s press conference. Billy Gilmour and Tino Anjorin have not trained with the first team as well yesterday.
Sabri Lamouchi at his press conference yesterday has hinted at making necessary changes to his side ahead of the game. Forest come into this game with no injuries to their key players. Expect them to start with their star left back Matty Cash and striker Lewis Grabban who put past two in their mid week victory over Blackburn in the Championship.
Forest come into this game with statistics and past fixtures favouring the Blues. Chelsea eliminated them from the competition last season with a comfortable 2-0 victory and I expect Frank Lampard’s team to come into this game with the intention to go forward into the tournament. We have the quality to beat this forest side comfortably and I expect us to come out on the winning side of things tomorrow.
Emirates FA Cup
Sunday 4th January
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
Kick off: 14:01 UK time