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Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Predictions

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Chelsea to Win

Reason for tip

Chelsea have won their previous seven clashes with Forest, while they’ve won eight of their last 11 visits to promoted sides. The Blues returned to action with an impressive win and meet a Forest side who have lost six of their nine clashes with teams in the top half.

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Chelsea 2-0

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Forest have failed to score in all but one of their clashes with the current top seven, while they’ve conceded 23 times in nine meetings with teams in the top half.

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Kai Havertz To Score Anytime

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Havertz has scored three times and made an assist across his last two games, while the German is set to start as the Blues’ number nine at Forest.

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Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Predictions

  • Forest were beaten 3-0 at Man United in their return to action
  • Chelsea have won eight of their last 11 trips to promoted sides
  • The Blues have won the last seven meetings with Nottingham Forest
  • Forest have conceded 23 times across their clashes with top half sides

Tough break for Forest

Nottingham Forest had to sit on the sidelines during the six-week World Cup break stuck in the relegation zone, only to return to a tricky fixture list. Forest lost 3-0 at Manchester United in their first game back, while they host Chelsea next up.

Forest have spent the season in the drop zone and boss Steve Cooper said after the United game that they still weren’t strong enough to secure Premier League survival. The club are expected to dip into the transfer market this month to add to their 23 signings so far. They were blown away in that loss at Old Trafford, while Sunday brings another tough test.

Potter makes statement

Chelsea won comfortably against Bournemouth in their first game back, breezing to a 2-0 victory. After they went into the World Cup break on a gloomy note, the Blues boosted their top-four hopes with that win. While it wasn’t against the toughest opposition, there was a marked change in their performance.

While Forest are up against it, Chelsea have been given a straight-forward start with two promoted clubs to start. The Blues have lost just one of their last 11 away league games against promoted sides (W8 D2), so they will have high hopes of starting the New Year with a victory.

Blues to prove too strong

While bigger tests await in this month’s double-header with Man City, Chelsea took care of business in their return to action. Potter should stick with the balanced 4-2-3-1 system which led them to that win, which includes enough attacking options to end the Blues’ worries in front of goal.

Chelsea have won their last seven meetings with Nottingham Forest in all competitions and they should overcome the hosts on Sunday. Forest have the league’s second-worst attack and second-leakiest defence, while they have lost six of nine clashes with the top 10 so far this term. They scored just five times across those nine, conceding 23 in return.

Look to Chelsea to come away with a win, with Kai Havertz set to turn a corner in his season. The German finished the World Cup with a brace in his last game and then had a hand in both goals against the Cherries. He’s a good scorer option here, while the visitors look good for another 2-0 win.

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