X

Thursday 21
March

Match Previews

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

4th January 2019, 13:30 by Warren Ashurst

The highly-rated Callum Hudson-Odoi could be handed a rare first-team start for Chelsea when they face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Maurizio Sarri's men come into the FA Cup third-round clash unbeaten in their last three games and are looking to retain the trophy they won under Antonio Conte last season.

It was Sarri's assistant Gianfranco Zola who took Friday's press conference, revealing that Hudson-Odoi - at the centre of transfer speculation at present - was fit and available to face their Championship opponents.

Pedro and Olivier Giroud have been ruled out but could be back in contention for next week's Carabao Cup semi-final with Tottenham, while Eden Hazard is expected to be rested.

There is growing talk Cesc Fabregas will be on the move during the January transfer window and Saturday might be his last game in a Chelsea shirt, while youngster Ethan Ampadu could also be given a chance.

There has been mounting speculation Aitor Karanka will lose his job despite Forest's comeback win over Leeds on New Year's Day meaning they are only four points outside the play-off zone.

The two teams met at Stamford Bridge in last season's League Cup, with Chelsea running out 5-1 victors, while the Blues have won the last three meetings with Forest at the Bridge.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

More Match Previews

Match Previews

England v Czech Republic

21st March 2019, 13:27

England kick off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Friday when they welcome the Czech Republic to Wembley.

Match Previews

Northern Ireland v Estonia

20th March 2019, 13:23

Northern Ireland have a chance to end a run of four games without a win when Estonia visit Belfast on Thursday.

Match Previews

Kazakhstan v Scotland

20th March 2019, 13:12

Scotland face a tough start to Euro 2020 qualifying when they head east to face Kazakhstan in Astana on Thursday.

Match Previews

Wales v Trinidad & Tobago

20th March 2019, 12:54

Wales' young side will look to build some confidence when they host Trinidad and Tobago in Wrexham on Wednesday.

Match Previews

Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion

15th March 2019, 19:53

Millwall and Brighton battle it out at The Den on Sunday for a place in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Match Previews

Everton v Chelsea

15th March 2019, 19:51

Everton face a difficult challenge on Sunday when they welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Sunday for Premier League action.

Recent Sport Headlines

Cardiff City

Bogle to be involved in play-offs

21st March 2019, 19:34

Cardiff City striker Omar Bogle has been given permission to stay at Portsmouth for the play-offs should they qualify.

Huddersfield Town

Ex-Town manager could be set for Fulham

21st March 2019, 19:05

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is reportedly being lined up for the permanent vacancy at Fulham.

Rugby Union

Billy adamant England are moving forward

21st March 2019, 19:03

England number eight Billy Vunipola insists there were positives to take from the team's stuttering Six Nations campaign.

Rugby League

Young players will get a chance – Furner

21st March 2019, 18:41

Leeds Rhinos head coach Dave Furner says young players will feature in the first team if they prove to be good enough.

Cricket

Durham role for Bancroft

21st March 2019, 18:34

Durham have appointed Cameron Bancroft as their skipper for their County Championship and One-Day Cup campaigns.

Tennis

Nadal to return to Monte Carlo

21st March 2019, 18:20

Rafael Nadal is set to return from injury at the Monte Carlo Masters in April after being included on the official list of players.

Formula 1

Bottas to challenge Hamilton

21st March 2019, 17:56

Mercedes racer Valtteri Bottas says he will try and challenge Lewis Hamilton for the world title in 2019.

Crystal Palace

Boothroyd plays down Wan-Bissaka snub

21st March 2019, 17:47

England Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd has called for patience regarding Aaron Wan-Bissaka after he was left out of the senior squad.