Nottingham Forest v Chelsea: Premier League – live | premier league


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Steve Cooper makes two changes to the Forest team that lost at Old Trafford: Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Jesse Lingard, injured, and Dean Henderson – who was unavailable against his parent club – takes over for Wayne Hennessey in goal.

Graham Potter makes a forced change, Cesar Azpilicueta for Reece James at right-back.

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3) Henderson; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, Lodi; Yates, Freuler, Mangala; Johnson, Awoniyi, Gibbs-White.
Subs: Hennessey, Cook, Williams, Toffolo, McKenna, Colback, O’Brien, Surridge, Dennis.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Thiago, Cucurella; Zakaria, Jorginho; Sterling, Mont, Pulisic; Havertz.
Replacements: Bettinelli, Chalobah, Kovacic, Ziyech, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Hutchinson, Hall, Aubameyang.

Preamble

Hello, happy new year and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Chelsea at the City Ground. It’s 19-9, if you’re league-wide, and a chance for both teams to start 2023 the way they want to go.

Forest’s home form will surely decide if they stay on their feet, and so far it’s been pretty good: P8 W3 D2 L3. That includes a recent good run of eight points from four games, including a famous win over Liverpool in October.

Although Chelsea are heavy favorites due to their superior footballing skills, Forest have a chance of securing another big win against a side that have struggled away from home this season. Chelsea have already lost four times in the league, as many defeats as in all competitions on the road last season. Before the World Cup, they were ambushed 4-1 at Brighton and then well beaten by Newcastle, although the scoreline was only 1-0.

Victory over Bournemouth after Christmas was much more heartening, much more “Potter Ball”, but it was at Stamford Bridge. And they had Reece James for an hour, which won’t be today.

To start up 4:30 p.m.


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