The Blues are in midweek action yet again this week, with Nottingham Forest the visitors to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea’s run of four consecutive wins in all competitions was ended on Sunday, after being held to a goalless draw by London rivals Arsenal. David Luiz received a red card late into the game after a shocking challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
Today’s opposition currently sit in 10th place in the Championship, and come into this fixture on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Wolves. Mark Warburton’s side have won four out of their first eight league games so far this season, and have already beaten a Premier League side this season; beating Newcastle 3-2 in round two.
Blues boss Antonio Conte has already confirmed that Eden Hazard will make his first start of the season, after coming off the bench in the last three fixtures. Hazard could make one part of an all-Belgian front three, with Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda in line for starts. Eden Hazard is good value to be first goalscorer in a 2-0 win for Chelsea with our friends at Bet365. There will be some dirty dancing at Bet365 if it comes in.
Willy Caballero is set to make his first competitive appearance for Chelsea since his move from Manchester City in the summer, and Andreas Christensen is likely to replace the suspended David Luiz in the heart of the back three. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Dujon Sterling have been included in the squad for the fixture, and could be included amongst the substitutes.
This is a competition that Chelsea have a good amount of success in, winning it on five occasions. Their most recent triumph was is the 2014/15 season, as they beat Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley. Their form in the past two seasons wouldn’t be good reading for Chelsea, as they’ve crashed out at the fourth round in both seasons; losing away to West Ham in 2016/17, and away to Stoke during the 2015/16 season.
This is a very winnable competition for Chelsea and Conte, and the Blues will be hoping to begin their Carabao Cup campaign with a win over Nottingham Forest, and avoid any potential shocks.