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Match preview: Chelsea vs Forest in association with Football Index

4 January 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's Emirates FA Cup clash against Chelsea in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest get their Emirates FA Cup campaign under way with a visit to Chelsea on Sunday, their successive third-round trip to Stamford Bridge (kick-off 2.01pm).

The Reds lost out 2-0 last season against The Blues but go into the game on the back of three straight victories and will be lookig for an upset against Frank Lampard's side. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has said that he will make changes to his side, with players such as Carl Jenkinson, Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele all in line to make a return to action following lengthy injury lay-offs.

Lamouchi could also give opportunities to younger players such as Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten against the Premier League side. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Chelsea wins
League 25 26 33
FA Cup 0 1 4
League Cup 0 1 2
Total 25 28 39

From the opposition

Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris said that there is big respect for the FA Cup in the dressing room ahead of the third-round tie at Stamford Bridge.


He said: "It’s a prestigious competition. Whatever competition you enter, you should look to go as far as you can in it and the manager will want to pick a team that can go out there and win the game.

"Over the course of time, the emphasis on some of the other competitions is maybe naturally going to dilute the prestige of the FA Cup if you don’t know about it but in our dressing room, we have enough people who value it. It’s a competition known around the world."

'Heads Up' mental health campaign

As part of this year's Emirates FA Cup third round, The FA have partnered with Heads Together to launch ‘Heads Up’ – a campaign that will use the popularity and reach of football to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health across the 2019-20 football season.

Kick-off times for all third-round ties will be delayed by one minute from traditional kick-off times, to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing.

Click here for more information about the campaign.

Tickets and travel

Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, with no tickets available to purchase on the day from Stamford Bridge.

Supporters can collect their pre-paid tickets from the main ticket office at The City Ground until 4pm on Saturday.

The Forest ticket office is closed on Sunday, so all uncollected tickets will be sent to Chelsea for collection from the ticket office located at back of the Shed End (South Stand) at Stamford Bridge from 12.30pm.

Supporters travelling to Stamford Bridge via the London Underground should be aware that there are part closures on the District & Circle Line, with a full closure of the Hammersmith & City Line. Click here for full details of the closures and to plan your journey. 


Peter Bankes will be the man in the middle when Forest take on Chelsea on Sunday, with the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system in use for the first time in a Forest match.

Bankes will officiate his second Forest match of the season, after the 2-1 win against Fulham back in August, while the tie will be his 15th match of the season overall, showing one red card and 63 yellow cards in those fixtures. 


Due to the game being selected for live international broadcast, there will be no live broadcast of the match available via iFollow Forest. Audio commentary will be available, however, provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

Saturday (kick-off 12.31pm)

Birmingham vs Blackburn
Bristol City vs Shrewsbury
Burnley vs Peterborough
Millwall vs Newport
Rochdale vs Newcastle
Rotherham vs Hull

Saturday (kick-off 3.01pm)

Brentford vs Stoke
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff vs Carlisle
Fulham vs Aston Villa
Oxford vs Hartlepool
Preston vs Norwich
Reading vs Blackpool
Southampton vs Huddersfield
Watford vs Tranmere

Saturday (kick-off 5.31pm)

Bournemouth vs Luton
Fleetwood vs Portsmouth
Leicester vs Wigan
Man City vs Port Vale
Wolves vs Man Utd

Sunday (kick-off 2.01pm unless otherwise stated)

Bristol Rovers vs Coventry
Burton vs Northampton
Charlton vs West Brom
Crewe vs Barnsley
Crystal Palace vs Derby
Middlesbrough vs Tottenham
QPR vs Swansea
Sheffield United vs Fylde
Liverpool vs Everton (4.01pm)
Gillingham vs West Ham (6.16pm)


Arsenal vs Leeds (7.56pm)

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Match Reports

Chelsea 2-0 Forest

5 January 2020

Nottingham Forest produced a good performance but were defeated by two first-half goals as they exited the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea.

England internationals Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley both found the target for the Premier League side but Forest produced a spirited display and were unlucky not to take more from the game had decisions gone their way.
Marginal calls from the video assistant referee saw a decision to award Forest a first-half penalty following a foul on Alex Mighten reversed and a second-half goal by Ryan Yates chalked off for offside.
Sabri Lamouchi made a host of changes for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Jordan Smith making his first start of the season and Alex Mighten making his full debut, while Carl Jenkinson returned to the side after a lengthy period out through injury.
It was also a proud day for the club's academy, with five graduates named in the starting line-up and a total of 10 in the 18-man matchday squad.
Chelsea, who also made several changes to their starting 11, got off to the perfect start. Callum Hudson-Odoi got the early breakthrough after cutting in from the right-hand-side and firing a shot low and hard past Smith.
Despite the early set back, Forest remained in the match and thought they had the perfect opportunity to draw level when they were awarded a penalty on 21 minutes. Mighten was played through by Albert Adomah and tripped in the area by Fikayo Tomori, however after further inspection by VAR the penalty was ruled out after Mighten was adjudged to be in an offside position in the build up.
The home side were quick to reassert their authority on the match by making it two just after the half-hour mark. Hudson-Odoi again cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful shot which Smith could only parry straight into the path of Ross Barkley. The former Everton man tapped in from close range to double Chelsea's lead.
Mighten and Johnson continued to look lively for the visitors on the counter attack but Forest were unable to find a reply to Chelsea's two-goal lead at the break.
Yohan Benalouane replaced Tobias Figueiredo at the heart of the Forest defence at the interval and it was a cagey start to the second half with neither side particularly dominating possession. Joao Carvalho did test Willy Caballero from the edge of the host's penalty box, but the Portuguese's effort was straight at the Chelsea stopper.
The visitors did find a way past the Argentine on 66 minutes but once again VAR came to the rescue of the home side. Carvalho's cross was nodded in by Ryan Yates, who had found space in the penalty area, however the midfielder was again adjudged to have been in an offside position.
Tyrese Fornah and Yassine En-Neyah were then introduced into the match, replacing Alfa Semedo and Brennan Johnson, to make their first-team debuts after graduating through the Forest academy.
Despite being two down, Forest were playing with confidence and looked threatening on the break. Mighten was a constant threat for the Chelsea back four and after he was brought down after being through on goal, The Reds again came inches from getting a goal back. Carvalho's cross was poked towards goal by En-Neyah but unfortunately the substitute was unable to get enough of a touch on the cross to trouble Caballero.
A defeat and an end to Forest's FA Cup journey this season but there are plenty of positives to take from the game as The Reds return their focus to the Championship.
Forest: Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson (c), Figueiredo (Benalouane 46'), Ribeiro, Yates, Semedo (Fornah 69'), Carvalho, Johnson (En-Neyah 81'), Adomah, Mighten

Unused subs: Shelvey, Sole, Hefele, Gabriel

Booking: Yates 77'

Chelsea: Caballero, James, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Barkley, Jorginho (c), Kovacic (Mount 69'), Hudson-Odoi, Pedro (Lamptey 75'), Batshuayi

Unused subs: Cumming, Rudiger, Willian, Giroud, Azpilicueta

Goals: Hudson-Odoi 6', Barkley 33'

Booking: James 65'

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 40,492 (2,788 away)

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Ticket News

Important information for Chelsea trip

4 January 2020

Nottingham Forest are hoping to transfer their strong run of form into their Emirates FA Cup third-round tie at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2.01pm).

Attached is some important information for supporters making the journey to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have created this handy away supporters' guide which Forest fans may find useful ahead of their trip to West London.

Don’t forget to take your tickets

Make sure you have the paper tickets you have received/collected with you before leaving for the game. You will need to present these at the turnstiles to access the stadium.

Collecting pre-paid tickets

Supporters can collect their pre-paid tickets from the main ticket office at The City Ground until 4pm on Saturday.

The ticket office is closed on Sunday, so all uncollected tickets will be sent to Chelsea on Sunday for collection from the ticket office located at back of the Shed End (South Stand) at Stamford Bridge from 12.30pm on Sunday.

If your tickets haven't arrived in the post

Please call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 immediately and before 4pm on Saturday, to organise for duplicates to be printed and left for collection from the ticket office located at back of the Shed End (South Stand) at Stamford Bridge from 12.30pm on Sunday.

Please note that all supporters collecting pre-paid tickets & duplicates must provide Forest with the NAME OF THE PERSON COLLECTING THESE TICKETS and this person MUST SHOW THEIR OWN VALID PHOTO ID WHEN COLLECTING THESE TICKETS.

Chelsea will NOT release tickets to any supporter who fails to comply with this instruction. Failure to do so is at the risk of the supporter, as it will result in the tickets being held back by Chelsea FC. In such cases, NO REFUNDS will be given.

If you have requested duplicate tickets but the originals do arrive in the post, you must still collect and use the duplicate tickets that you have requested rather than the originals.

Upgrading your tickets

Chelsea will not be allowing any upgrades on the day. All upgrades must be done by contacting the Forest ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or in-person, and you must then collect a new ticket at Stamford Bridge.

Official coach travel

Our official supporters coaches are due to depart from the Brian Clough Stand car park for the Stamford Bridge at 8.45am. There is limited car parking available for you here, so please get to The City Ground as early as you can to secure parking and make sure you don’t miss the coach!

Your seat is on a designated coach which is displayed on your travel ticket, so please refer to that to know which coach you are travelling on.

If you haven't received your travel tickets, you will still be able to travel. Simply report to the coach stewards in the Brian Clough car park on Sunday morning for advice.

Get there early

Please don't leave things to chance and get there too late. Traffic congestion, queues at the turnstiles or problems with your ticket may delay you being in your seat for kick-off, so plan your journey before you leave for the game.

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