Wednesday will see Chelsea enter the Carabao Cup for the first time this year, facing Championship outfit Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
The home side come into this fixture after drawing with Arsenal at home on the weekend but will be looking to bounce back on the first attempt with a win to send them into the fourth round.
Eden Hazard is set to feature for Chelsea after Antonio Conte announced on after the Arsenal game that he would play. Several changes are expected to be made, with the Premier League the priority and with David Luiz getting dismissed on Sunday, serving the first of his three game ban. Michy Batshuayi is expected to start, along with Willy Caballero and Tiemoue Bakayoko. A few of the youngsters could feature, with Jake Clarke-Salter and Kyle Scott being recently given squad numbers.
However, Forest manager Mark Warburton comes into this game following a tough start to the Championship with four wins and four losses. They come in as huge underdogs, particularly due to the fact they’ve not beaten Chelsea since 1997 when they came out 2-0 winners. Since then there has only been four meetings between the sides, with Chelsea winning all four of them, most recently a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup in 2007.
GK – Willy Caballero
LWB – Kenedy
CB – Jake Clarke-Salter, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen
RWB – Davide Zappacosta
CM – Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas
LW – Eden Hazard
ST – Michy Batshuayi
RW – Charly Musonda Jr
Chelsea are coming into this firm favourites and I expect them to complete the job against Forest to head into the next round. There will be a few goals in the game, but I can’t see Forest bagging a goal, and with the threat of Eden Hazard, the Blues will be too much for the Reds.
Chelsea 3-0 Nottingham Forest