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5 Jan 2019

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest: Team News, Predictions, Betting & Match Odds

Ahead of a Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg meeting with Tottenham in midweek, Maurizio Sarri's men will attempt to navigate Championship opponents
Chelsea begin their defence of the FA Cup with a home fixture against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are doing well on three other fronts already, with progress in the Europa League secured, a Carabao Cup semi-final to look forward to and a healthy position in the Premier League.

Forest, however, will be no pushovers, with former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka at the helm and having enjoyed a spectacular FA Cup win over Arsenal last season.
Squads & Team News

Position         Chelsea squad
Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson,                                      Ampadu
Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic,                                  McEachran
Forwards         Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi

Willian picked up a problem in the 0-0 draw with Southampton in midweek and is poised to miss out from what is expected to be a much-changed starting XI, with Pedro and Olivier Giroud also highly unlikely to feature.

Question marks remain over the futures of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is also carrying a problem, and Cesc Fabregas. Maurizio Sarri’s line-up could give an indication of just how close they are to leaving.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero; Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Fabregas, Kovacic; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Hudson-Odoi.

Position         Nottingham Forest squad
Goalkeepers Pantilimon, Henderson, J. Smith, Stelle
Defenders Figueiredo, Dawson, Hefele, Fox, Robinson, Fuentes, Byram, Janko, Darikwa
Midfielders Yacob, Colback, Bridcutt, Guedioura, Watson, Cash, Osborn, Carvalho
Forwards         Goncalves, Ward, Soudani, Gil Dias, Lolley, Ariyibi, Appiah, Clough, Brereton,                                  Grabban, Ansarifard, Murphy
Lewis Grabban missed out the midweek win over Leeds due to injury and will need to be assessed before this clash.

There are doubts over Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Hefele, who all play in the defence.

Definitely missing are Juan Fuentes, Sam Byram, El Arbi Hillel Soudani and Karim Ansarifard.

Possible Nottingham Forest Starting XI: Pantilimon; Darikwa, Hefele, Fox, Robinson; Yacob, Colback, Cash, Carvalho, Lolley; Murphy

Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 2/9 on a home win. The tie is 6/1 to go to a replay, while Forest can be backed at 14/1.

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