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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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