Chelsea vs Nottingham ForestEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Sep 2, 2023, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will look to build on their first Premier League win of the season as they host Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Forest have the quality to make things difficult but the Blues appear to be full of confidence at the moment and should have the upper hand.
Chelsea finally got their campaign up and running as they claimed a 3-1 victory over newly promoted Luton Town last time out in the Premier League. Raheem Sterling netted a brace while Nicolas Jackson grabbed his first goal for the Blues.
After failing to win their opening two Premier League matches, Chelsea looked back to their old selves against Luton Town. They followed up that result with a 2-1 win over lower league side AFC Wimbledon in a midweek Carabao Cup fixture.
Things may appear to finally be moving in the right direction for Chelsea, but they still need to tighten up at the back. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been carved open a few times this season and have kept just one clean sheet in their four matches across all competitions.
Nottingham Forest would have been disappointed to leave Old Trafford empty-handed last time out after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2. They made a sensational start, scoring twice in the first half through Taiwo Awoniyi and Wily Boly before allowing United back in the contest.
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Forest failed to make a swift return to winning ways in the Carabao Cup as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley on Wednesday. They put up a much changed side with the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi and Brennan Johnson on the bench.
While the manner of their defeats has been disappointing, manager Steve Cooper swill be pleased with his side's spirited performances this season. However, their away record remains troubling as they are winless in their 12 Premier League fixtures on the road, a run stretching to last season.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Chelsea as overwhelming favourites with a home win priced at 2/5 by bet365. A victory for Nottingham Forest is valued at 15/2 by BetVictor while William Hill is offering odds of 15/2 for a draw.
Head to head
Chelsea have a 28-21 advantage with 23 draws from 72 previous matches against Nottingham Forest. The Blues have won the last three fixtures at Stamford Bridge, although last season’s meeting ended in a 2-2 draw.
Players to watch
Raheem Sterling has been involved in much of Chelsea’s attacking plays this season and will be the one to watch on Saturday. The forward netted a brace in his previous appearance and is priced at 7/4 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Taiwo Awoniyi is still on his incredible scoring run and has now found the net nine times in the last seven Premier League matches. The Nigerian striker could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Anything else catch the eye?
Chelsea and Nottingham Forest have struggled defensively this season and both teams could be backed to score at 19/20 with bet365. Forest saw over 3.5 goals in their last Premier League fixture and a repeat is priced at 33/20 with BoyleSports while over 2.5 goals at 4/6 with 888sport.
The Blues have scored in both halves in their last two matches and Saturday’s clash can be tipped to follow a similar pattern at 11/10 with BoyleSports. With a home victory priced at minimal odds, a win and both teams to score can be considered at 21/10 by William Hill.
This English Premier League match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest will be played on Sep 2, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.