Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Betting Preview – 05/01/2019

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Betting Preview – 05/01/2019

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Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

Maurizio Sarri will be expecting his Chelsea outfit to book themselves a spot in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this Saturday where they go up against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are the reigning champions of the FA Cup so will be aiming to keep hold of their trophy for a second consecutive year. After a poor spell of form, Forest have returned to winning ways in their previous game but with Chelsea as their next opponents may have to settle with a loss. The hosts have won the previous five meetings between these sides which includes two fixtures in the FA Cup.

Chelsea have been a strong side for the majority of the season but their performances have started to dip in recent games. However, they remain in fourth place ahead of Arsenal by three points. As expected, the Blues are heavy favourites to secure a win in this fixture and progress onto the fourth round, SkyBet has them priced at 1/4 to win. As mentioned above, Chelsea have won their previous five fixtures against Forest and in four of those games have won by two or more goals. Chelsea to win with a -1 handicap is priced at 8/13 with SkyBet.

The Blues may be favourites to win but we have seen at times them become complacent against lower ranked sides with them losing to Wolves, Leicester City and drawing to Southampton most recently. So, Sarri will need a strong performance from his key players like Eden Hazard. The Belgium international has been the heart of his sides success and has 12 goals alongside nine assists. Hazard to score anytime is priced at 8/13 with Bet365. Sarri may give Ruben Loftus-Cheek a place amongst the starting XI, as the midfielder has proved to be clinical for Chelsea in their Europa League group stages bagging three goals. The midfielder is priced 7/5 to score anytime with Betway.

Aitor Karanka will be expecting a tough game at Stamford Bridge but will be pleased to see his side return to winning ways in their previous fixture with an impressive 4-2 win over Leeds United. This victory put an end to a six-game winless run, but Forest do find themselves as heavy underdogs in this cup clash and if you are feeling confident in their ability and think they can put an end to their 21 years winless run against Chelsea they can be backed with Bet365 with odds of 11/1.

Lewis Grabban has been the man providing the majority of the goals for Nottingham Forest this season with 15 goals, the forward does, however, find himself in a drought which has now lasted six games. You can back the forward to put an end to his goalless run with SkyBet at 3/1. In Grabban’s absence, Matty Cash has stepped up to provide goals for his side which includes his important brace against Norwich City which puts him on seven for the season. SkyBet has him at 5/1 to score anytime.

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