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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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