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            Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Prediction, Tips & Stats

            Chelsea host Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge this Saturday for their fourth game of the 2023/24 Premier League season. The Blues finally bagged their first win of the season and will be looking for another one, whereas Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their last defeat.

            Chelsea sit tenth in the Premier League on four points. The Blues have one win, one draw and one loss in three games. Of the three teams on four points, Chelsea have the best goal difference with their five goals so far this season.

            The Blues opened their season at home to Liverpool in an entertaining draw. Luis Diaz scored for Liverpool and Axel Disasi scored on his Chelsea debut and despite both sides having a potential winner disallowed, the game finished at 1 - 1. Chelsea’s first away game of the season didn’t go to plan as ten man West Ham won 3 - 1, Carney Chukwuemeka did score his first Chelsea goal but Enzo Fernandez also missed a penalty. Their final league action came against Luton where they bagged their first win of the season. Raheem Sterling scored twice and Nicolas Jackson finally got his goal in a 3 - 0 win over The Hatters.

            Chelsea welcome Wimbledon for the Second Round of the League Cup. In a somewhat nervy display, The Blues managed to mount the comeback. James Tilley converted his penalty in the 19th minute after a foul by Robert Sanchez. However, Noni Madueke scored his penalty in added time of the first half and Enzo Fernandez scored his first Chelsea goal after a mistake from Alex Bass.

            Nottingham Forest currently sit 14th in the Premier League on three points. Forest have one win and two losses in three games and a serviceable goal difference of negative one.

            Forest’s first game was at the Emirates against Arsenal. The Gunners raced into a 2 - 0 lead with Nottingham Forest only posing a real threat in the closing moments where Taiwo Awoniyi grabbed a goal in the 82nd minute. But it was not enough as Arsenal won 2 - 1. However, next time out, Forest were on the right side of a 2 - 1 scoreline. Awoniyi once again scored, along with a late winner from Chris Wood to give Nottingham Forest the 2 - 1 win. However, their last game against Manchester United ended in another loss. Awoniyi and Willy Boly both scored in the first four minutes, but a red card in the second half gave United the chance to win 3 - 2.

            Nottingham Forest hosted Burnley in an all Premier League tie in the Second Round of the League Cup. In a game where Forest had zero shots on target, Zeki Amdouni scored the only goal in the 1 - 0 win for Burnley.

            Chelsea and Nottingham Forest have met 96 times professionally, their first meeting coming back in 1906. The Blues have the upperhand in the fixture being victorious on 40 occasions, whereas Forest have won 26 times, making a draw more common than a Forest win, happening 30 times.

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            Chelsea Team News

            Mauricio Pochettino’s injury issues have already started to pile up with nine already out of action, though most carrying over from last season. Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku, Chukwuemeka, Armando Broja, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, new signing Romeo Lavia, Mykhailo Mudryk and Benoit Badiashille are all still out.

            Nottingham Forest Team News

            Steve Cooper also has a long list of absences, with six out of selection. Felipe Monteiro, Omar Richards, Wayne Hennessey, Orel Mangala, Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna are all unavailable for this weekend.