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Preview: Chelsea (A)

20 September 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to Chelsea tonight to take on the Premier League champions in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds have beaten Shrewsbury Town and Newcastle United to reach this stage of the competition, where they meet one of the country's biggest sides for the second year running.

Last season Forest lost out to Arsenal at The City Ground and Mark Warburton's side will be hoping for a better outcome when they face Chelsea for the first time since 2007.

Antonio Conte's side enter the Carabao Cup at this stage and it remains to be seen how serious The Blues will take the competition having returned to European action this season.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say here.

Team news

Forest will be without Liam Bridcutt as the midfielder is cup-tied having featured for his former side Leeds United in round one. 

It is a blow for the former Chelsea midfielder who would have liked to have lined up against his old side, but another former Blue, Michael Mancienne, could be in line for a recall to the starting line-up.

Zach Clough is also back in contention after the midfielder missed Saturday's defeat to Wolves through injury, while David Vaughan, Matty Cash, Jamie Ward and Chris Cohen remain sidelined.

From the opposition

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he will be giving an opportunity to some of his fringe players but expects a tough challenge against Nottingham Forest.

He told Chelsea's official website: "It's one of the four competitions. We have to try to do our best. It's not easy to face four competitions but tomorrow is a good opportunity to give a chance to some players who didn't play a lot.

"This season could be an opportunity for all the players to play games. The most important thing is when the chance arrives, to take it. In our squad we have many young players. It's important for them to take this chance and show me I can count on them.

"For sure we want to win and go to the next round. It's the same thought for Nottingham Forest. We are talking about a great club with a great history.

"We have great respect for them and for this reason we have to pay great attention. In the last game they beat Newcastle. I have watched a lot of their games, and they play good football."

One to watch - Eden Hazard

After suffering injury during pre-season, Eden Hazard is set to start for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night. 

The talismanic figure was back to his best last season as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title and Antonio Conte has been easing the Belgian international back into his side this season.

Having started his career at French side Lille, the 26-year-old joined Chelsea in 2012 and has been a key figure since, scoring 72 times in just over 250 appearances for The Blues.

Tickets

Tickets are sold out as Nottingham Forest supporters snapped up all 4,025 tickets for this fixture.

A guide for away fans visiting Stamford Bridge can be found here.

Coverage

Due to broadcasting restrictions, Wednesday night's game will not be shown live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers. However, there will be live audio commentary available.

You can also follow the action in the Match Centre and updates will be provided via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played on Wednesday at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Arsenal v Doncaster
Everton v Sunderland
Manchester United v Burton (8pm)
West Brom v Manchester City (8pm)

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Chelsea 5-1 Forest

20 September 2017

Nottingham Forest exited the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage following a 5-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

A hat-trick from Michy Batshuayi and strikes from Kenedy and Charley Musonda secured The Blues' passage into the last 16 of the competition while Tendayi Darikwa scored a late consolation for Forest.

Mark Warburton rang the changes ahead of The Reds' trip to Stamford Bridge as they sought to bounce back from the weekend defeat to Wolves.

Ben Osborn, Joe Worrall and Kieran Dowell were the ones to keep their places in the starting line-up. Michael Mancienne returned to face Chelsea for the first time since leaving The Blues and was given the honour of captaining Forest. Stephen Henderson made his first appearance of the season, replacing Jordan Smith in goal, after a long period on the sidelines through injury.

It didn't take long for the champions to take control of the match and take the lead. After some patient build-up play, Antonio Rudiger chipped the ball to the back post where Kenedy was on hand to finish neatly on 13 minutes.

Six minutes later the home side doubled their advantage through Batshuayi. The Belgian was played through by his compatriot Eden Hazard and he slid the ball underneath an onrushing Henderson from inside the area.

Chelsea effectively killed off the tie five minutes before half-time when Musonda made it 3-0. The winger was again played through by Hazard and he blasted the ball past Henderson into the far corner from an angle.

Minutes after the interval, Chelsea made it 4-0 as Hazard grabbed a hat-trick of assists. The midfielder skipped through a couple of challenges and laid the ball to Batshuayi for the striker's second goal of the game. Hazard rounded Henderson and unselfishly squared the ball to his teammate who finished into an empty net.

Minutes after coming on, Ben Brereton nearly snatched a consolation for Forest. Andreas Bouchalakis chipped a ball over the Chelsea back line which Brereton ran on to, only to see his effort go wide. The striker was unable to test Caballero from a tight angle as his left-footed effort hit the side netting.

The home side always looked like adding to their tally and they duly obliged with five minutes remaining. Kenedy's thumping effort crashed off the bar and Batshuayi was there to claim his hat-trick and the home side's fifth goal of the night.

Forest did manage to grab a goal with the last kick of the match through second-half substitute Darikwa. The defender surged forward and played a neat one-two with Osborn before side-footing the loose ball home in front of over 4,000 travelling Forest fans.

Forest: Henderson, Worrall, Hobbs, Mancienne, Lichaj, Bouchalakis, Osborn, Dowell (Clough 74'), Fox (Darikwa 59'), Cummings, Walker (Brereton 65')

Goal: Darikwa 90'

Subs not used: Smith, McKay, Carayol, Vellios

Booking: Hobbs 21'

Chelsea: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen (Clarke-Salter 71'), Cahill, Zappacosta (Sterling 76'), Fabregas (Ampadu 56'), Bakayoko, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Hazard

Goals: Kenedy 13', Batshuayi 19', 53', 86', Musonda 40'

Subs not used: Eduardo, Moses, Willian, Morata

Attendance: 40,621 (4,036 away)

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

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Away fans guide: Chelsea

20 September 2017

Chelsea have issued the following guide for Nottingham Forest supporters travelling to tonight's Carabao Cup third-round fixture.

The Reds will visit Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2007 this evening with hopes of reaching the last 16 of the competition.

Click here to download Chelsea's away supporters guide which includes advice on getting to the ground via coach or public transport as well as the nearest facilites to Stamford Bridge.

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