Preview of Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest on May 13th in the context of Matchday 36 of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Analysis of Chelsea and Nottingham Forest’s form
After securing a place in the Premier League for next season, Chelsea are now free to focus on ending this season with the best possible form. They will start this mission by welcoming Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 encounters with Nottingham Forest across all competitions. The confidence of Frank Lampard’s team has also significantly increased following their recent 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, which ended a winless run of 9 games, including 7 in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest have just beaten Southampton at home to climb back to 16th place with 33 points. However, away matches continue to be a nightmare for them as they have not won any of their last 10, including 7 consecutive losses in the Premier League.
Latest team news for Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
Lampard will be without several key players due to injuries, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Reece James, and Armando Broja. Nevertheless, Chelsea still have many players who can make a difference, such as Enzo Fernández, Conor Gallagher, Mykhaylo Mudryk, N’Golo Kante, and especially Kai Havertz.
The German player is currently Chelsea’s top scorer this season with 7 goals, has had the most shots (65), and has made the most crucial passes (35) for The Blues since the start of the season. Moreover, if he scores against Nottingham Forest, he will become the youngest foreign player to reach 20 goals in the Premier League for Chelsea (at 23 years and 336 days old) since Eden Hazard in February 2014 (at 23 years and 32 days old).
On the visitors’ side, Steve Cooper will have to deal with a very thin squad for their trip to London. He will have to do without the services of Willy Boly, Dean Henderson, Scott McKenna, Omar Richards, Neco Williams, Chris Wood, and Giulian Biancone due to injuries and suspensions.
Expected lineups for Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
- Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Azpilicueta; Kante, Enzo Fernández, Gallagher; Madueke, Havertz, Mudryk.
- Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Navas; Aurier, Monteiro, Niakhate, Lodi; Yates, Danilo, Mangala; Johnson, Awoniyi, Gibbs-White.
- Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Nottingham Forest.
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