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The Premier League continues on New Year’s Day as Nottingham Forest welcome Chelsea to City Ground for the last fixture of round 18. Chelsea rounded off the year by downing Bournemouth in confident fashion, winning 2-0 on Boxing Day, although, a first league trip to the City Ground in almost 23 years is no foregone conclusion. Forest beat Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham on home soil earlier in the campaign and are in the mix to beat relegation. But a 3-0 humbling at Manchester United has served to remind Steve Cooper’s side why they will go into most Premier League games as the underdog.
Nottingham vs Chelsea head to headBoth sides have met in 12 encounters since 1994 with Chelsea claiming eight victories, while Nottingham have won just two and there have two draws as well.
- Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham 05/01/20
- Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham 05/01/19
- Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham 20/09/17
- Chelsea 3-0 Nottingham 28/01/07
- Nottingham1-3 Chelsea 20/02/99
- Man United 3-0 Nottingham
- Blackburn 1-4 Nottingham
- Valencia 1-2 Nottingham
- Olympiacos 1-0 Nottingham
- Atromitos Athinon 3-2 Nottingham
- Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
- Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea
- Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea
- Man City 2-0 Chelsea
- Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
Nottingham team newsForest will be without Omar Richards, Dean Henderson, Giulian Biancone and Moussa Niakhate due to injuries, while Morgan Gibbs-White is a doubt.
Chelsea team newsChelsea will be without N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Armando Broja, Carney Chukweuemeka and Wesley Fofana due to injuries, while Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech are doubts.
Prediction and odds
- Chelsea win
- Both sides to score
- Over 2.5