Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

LIVE: Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

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C. Hudson-Odoi

Goal

Chelsea

6′ GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! CHELSEA 1-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST!! Hudson-Odoi gives Chelsea an early lead!

Pedro

Assist

Chelsea

6′ Assist Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma

5′ Highly-rated Forest youngster Mighten turns away from a couple of players and is hacked down by Christensen. He looks as though he will be a handful for the hosts today.

4′ The home side have done well to keep hold of possession in the early stages. It looks as though Forest will focus on the counter-attack.

3′ Chelsea may have made nine changes from their last outing, but this is still a very strong side on paper. Hudson-Odoi, one of those looking to recapture his best form, charges towards the opposition defence but loses possession.

1′ KICK-OFF! Chelsea get this FA Cup third-round tie under way! Can an inexperienced Forest side pull off an upset?

The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge, with kick-off just moments away.

This will be the fifth meeting between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, with the Blues progressing from all four of the previous encounters, including that aforementioned 2-0 win in the same round last season. Forest have lost their last five games at Stamford Bridge, in fact, three of those defeats coming in this competition.

Forest show a whopping 10 changes from their 3-2 league win over Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Day, with focus very much on their promotion push. Figueiredo is the only player to retain his place in the side, joined in central defence by captain-for-the-day Dawson, who boasts plenty of Premier League experience. Hefele and Benalouane have spent time on the sidelines but both return to the matchday squad, which is packed full of youngsters.

Lampard has made nine changes on the back of the midweek draw with Brighton in the Premier League. Batshuayi comes in for his first start since the EFL Cup tie with Manchester United two months ago, with Giroud once again having to settle for a place among the subs. Emerson makes his 50th appearance for the club in a backline that also includes Christensen, Tomori and James. Chelsea boast plenty of experience in central midfield as Barkley, Kovacic and Jorginho all start, the latter skippering the side today.

Subs: Michael Hefele, Tyrese Fornah, Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel, George Shelvey, Yassine En-Neyah, Yohan Benalouane, Liam Sole.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST XI (4-1-4-1): Jordan Smith; Carl Jenkinson, Michael Dawson (c), Tobias Figueiredo, Yuri Ribeiro; Alfa Semedo; Albert Adomah, Ryan Yates, Joao Carvalho, Alex Mighten; Brennan Johnson.

Subs: Mason Mount, Jamie Cumming, Tariq Lamptey, Olivier Giroud, Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Antonio Rudiger.

CHELSEA XI (4-3-3): Willy Caballero; Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri; Ross Barkley, Jorginho (c), Mateo Kovacic; Pedro, Michy Batshuayi, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Forest have won the competition on two occasions, most recently doing so in 1959. The glory days are now very much a thing of the past for the Midlands club, who have not played top-flight football in close to 16 years and are currently fourth in the Championship. They have been eliminated at this third-round stage in six of the last 10 seasons, including a 2-0 loss at this very ground a year ago to the day. 

Eight-time winners of the competition Chelsea enter this match on the back of some largely disappointing results, having most recently being held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday. Frank Lampard’s men did manage to pick up a dramatic late win at Arsenal last week, but that is just one of four wins in their last 11 matches. They last lifted the FA Cup in 2018 when winning a tense final against Manchester United, the side that eliminated them at the fifth-round stage last season.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup third-round tie between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

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