Chelsea will look to build on their first Premier League win under Mauricio Pochettino when they host Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
Raheem Sterling inspired the Blues to a 3-0 win over Luton to get Pochettino’s new-look side underway for the campaign.
Sterling scored twice against Luton.
But they haven’t won consecutive home games since the start of last season so Forest will arrive knowing they can cause an upset.
Steve Cooper’s men have already played Arsenal and Manchester United away from home and narrowly lost both games, losing 2-1 and 3-2.
Forest were awful on the road last year, but despite results still going against them, performances have been much improved.
And in Taiwo Awoniyi, they have a striker who has scored in his last seven Premier League appearances.
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest: Date and how to follow
This Premier League clash is set to take place on Saturday, September 2.
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 3pm.
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Forest were 2-0 up against Man United but couldn’t hold onGetty
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest: Team news
The hosts are set to be without a lot of players due to various injuries.
Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka and Romeo Lavia are all out.
Armando Broja and Benoit Badiashile are both still recovering from long-term issues but could make the matchday squad.
Mykhailo Mudryk has a knock and Trevoh Chalobah has a thigh problem.
Meanwhile, the visitors have a couple of issues.
Orel Mangala is likely to sit this one out with a thigh problem and Wayne Hennessey is recovering from knee surgery.
But World Cup winner Gonzalo Montiel could make his Premier League debut after joining from Sevilla.
But none of Forest’s SEVEN deadline day recruits will be involved.
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Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest: Match facts
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine meetings with Nottingham Forest in all competitions since a 2-0 loss in January 1997. However, following a run of seven straight victories, the Blues drew both Premier League meetings with Forest last season.
Nottingham Forest have won just one of their last 14 away games against Chelsea in all competitions (D5 L8) and are winless in nine since a 2-0 victory in January 1995.
Chelsea earned their first league win of the season against Luton last time out, ending a run of eight Premier League games without a home win (D5 L3). They last won consecutively at Stamford Bridge between August and October last season (a run of three).
Nottingham Forest have won just one of their 21 Premier League away games since their return to the division last season (D5 L15), going down 3-2 to Manchester United last time out despite going 2-0 ahead in just four minutes.
Chelsea are the only side yet to have a shot from high turnover in the Premier League this season, despite ranking sixth for high turnovers overall (28). Only Wolves (10) and Liverpool (7) have faced more shots from high turnovers so far than Nottingham Forest (6).
Nottingham Forest have scored more headed goals than any other Premier League side this season, with three of their five goals so far being headers. Overall, five of their last nine strikes in the competition have been headed, including both against Chelsea in this exact fixture in May last season.
Nicolas Jackson – who scored his first goal for Chelsea against Luton last time out – has made 49 off the ball runs into the box in the Premier League this season, at least 19 more than any other player.
Raheem Sterling – who scored all three of Chelsea’s goals against Nottingham Forest last season – has attempted more take-ons (21) and made more drives into the box (4) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Since their return to the Premier League last season, Morgan Gibbs-White has created 74 chances for Nottingham Forest (45 more than any other teammate), provided nine assists (6 more than any other teammate) and been involved in the joint-highest number of goals for the club (14).
Taiwo Awoniyi has scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances for Nottingham Forest, including a brace against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May. The last player to score in eight successive games in the competition was Jamie Vardy between October and December 2019.
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Chelsea will be looking to make it two wins in a row in the Premier League when they travel to Nottingham Forest this weekend. The Blues have been in good form since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard, and they will be keen to take all three points from the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest have had a mixed season so far, and they will be hoping for a good result against one of the top sides. Both sides come into this fixture off the back of wins; the home side beat Southampton 3-1, while Chelsea put five past Everton in a dominant display.
The match will kick off at 3 PM GMT on Sunday, and it promises to be a very exciting game. The Blues have been excellent under their new manager, and they will be looking to make it six wins in a row in all competitions.
Team news for both sides is as follows; Nottingham Forest have several players absent through injury, while Chelsea have reported no fresh injuries and are expected to field a full-strength side.
The match can be followed live, with radio and television commentators providing minute-by-minute updates. Those wanting to follow online can do so using the team’s official websites and social media accounts, and there will also be live blogging and updates from Premier League rights holders.
This promises to be an exciting game between two sides with a lot to play for. Both sides will be determined to get the win, so be sure to tune in and follow the action as it unfolds.