Frank Lampard makes nine changes to the side for the start of our FA Cup campaign.
Michy Batshauyi leads the attack as he starts for the first time since the Carabao Cup game against Manchester United two months ago. The Belgian scored a hat-trick when these two sides met in the Carabao Cup two seasons ago.
In defence, Emerson Palmieri makes his 50th Chelsea appearance at left-back with Andreas Christensen handed a start alongside Fikayo Tomori in central defence with Reece James on the right.There is plenty of experience in midfield with Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho all starting.Up front, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi flank Batshuayi. Willy Caballero is in goal.
Our opponents Forest also make nine changes.
Chelsea: Caballero; James, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho (c), Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Pedro.
Subs: Cumming, Azpilicueta, Lamptey, Rudiger, Mount, Willian, Giroud.
Forest: Smith; Jenkinson, Dawson (c), Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Yates, Carvalho, Semedo; Adomah, Mighton, Johnson.
Subs: Shelvey, Benalouane, Fornah, Sole, En-Neyah, Hefele, Gabriel.
The referee is Peter Bankes.
Chelsea are seeking a seventh successive victory in all competitions against Nottingham Forest.Chelsea and Forest are playing for the third successive season in cup competitions, all at Stamford Bridge.We met at the same stage of the FA Cup last term and in 2017/18 in the third round of the Carabao Cup when the Blues ran out 5-1 victors.The last time we met in the Premier League was in 1998/99 when we achieved the double of them.Forest last won at the Bridge in January 1995 (eight games ago) when Glenn Hoddle was in charge of Chelsea. A Stan Collymore brace secured a 2-0 win for Frank Clark’s side in the Premier League.Our overall cup record against Forest is six wins, two draws and one defeat.
Chelsea are looking to extend the club’s unbeaten run in round three of the FA Cup to 22 seasons.We last lost a third round tie in 1998 when Manchester United beat us 5-3 at Stamford Bridge.The last team from a lower division to beat the Blues in the FA Cup was Bradford City in the fourth round in 2015 at Stamford Bridge. The Bantams were sixth in League One at the time and ended our run of 12 successive home victories by winning 4-2.In his playing career for the Blues, Frank Lampard won his only game against Forest in January 2007, also in the FA Cup.
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