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Match preview: Chelsea vs Forest

4 January 2019

Nottingham Forest get their Emirates FA Cup campaign underway as they travel to face the holders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds knocked out the holders at this stage last season, defeating Arsenal at The City Ground, and will be hoping for a similar result against Maurizio Sarri's side.

Forest faced Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last season at Stamford Bridge and Aitor Karanka's side will be hoping for a better result against the Premier League outfit.

Team news

Following a busy schedule over Christmas and New Year, Aitor Karanka may make changes to his side to freshen it up.

There are still question marks over Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Dawson, with both having been sidelined through injury, while Michael Hefele and Lewis Grabban have been ruled out and Costel Pantilimon is a doubt.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola said that Chelsea will rotate players for the game against Forest but has tasked the Blues with finding ways to break teams down at home, having failed to score on their last two outings.

"For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important," Zola said. "We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well.

"We have a task in front of us. Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there.

"This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have - for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet.

"We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task."

One to watch - Alvaro Morata

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has found life tough in front of goal of late but will be hoping to rediscover the goalscoring touch this weekend.

He has seven goals to his name this season and with Olivier Giroud out injured, the pressure in front of goal will fall on his shoulders.

Head to head

Forest wins - 25
Chelsea wins - 38
Draws - 28


There are no tickets available for the match, with Forest supporters snapping up the full allocation at Stamford Bridge.


Due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live feed of the game available on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

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

Other third-round ties


Tranmere vs Tottenham (7.45pm)

Saturday (kick-off 3pm unless otherwise stated)

Bournemouth vs Brighton (12.30pm)
Burnley vs Barnsley (12.30pm)
Man Utd vs Reading (12.30pm)
Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton (12.30pm)
Shrewsbury vs Stoke (12.30pm)
West Brom vs Wigan (12.30pm)
West Ham vs Birmingham (12.30pm)
Accrington vs Ipswich
Aston Villa vs Swansea
Bolton vs Walsall
Brentford vs Oxford
Derby vs Southampton
Everton vs Lincoln
Fleetwood vs Wimbledon
Gillingham vs Cardiff
Middlesbrough vs Peterborough
Blackpool vs Arsenal (5.30pm)
Bristol City vs Huddersfield (5.30pm)
Crystal Palace vs Grimsby (5.30pm)
Newcastle vs Blackburn (5.30pm)
Norwich vs Portsmouth (5.30pm)

Sunday (kick-off 2pm unless otherwise stated)

Fulham vs Oldham
Man City vs Rotherham
Millwall vs Hull
Preston vs Doncaster
QPR vs Leeds
Sheffield United vs Barnet
Woking vs Watford
Newport vs Leicester (4.30pm)


Wolves vs Liverpool (7.45pm)

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