Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest lineups – Taiwo Awoniyi to hurt Blues again?

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest lineups – Taiwo Awoniyi to hurt Blues again?
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Taiwo Awoniyi has another challenge in the Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest clash that will take place on matchday 4 of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

After scoring in seven consecutive matches to break the 28-year scoring record for the Tricky Trees and also becoming the third African player to score in seven successive PL games, Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest presents an opportunity for his eighth straight match in which he scores.

The Blues will be even more wary of the big Super Eagles striker thanks to his two-goal man-of-the-match performance against them the last time they met last season.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest preview and team news

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest will take place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 2 September 2023 at 3 PM.

After seven straight wins in all competitions against Forest, Chelsea failed to beat them in two meetings upon their return to the Premier League after more than two decades.

Two draws at the City Ground and at Stamford Bridge in games that saw Forest, the team with a lesser stature, stretch Chelsea, makes this game a redemption game for the Blues.

While Mauricio Pochettino worries about not letting the vents of last season happen again, Steve Cooper will be looking forward to Taiwo Awoniyi’s magic. The 2013 U-17 FIFA World Cup winner scored a header to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge and to equalise in order to snatch a point last May.

They are back at Stamford Bridge which will motivate Awoniyi to pick up where he left off.

Chelsea could lose Conor Gallagher just before the Nottingham Forest tie thanks to interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Tricky Trees, on the other hand, have added a number of signings but it is unlikely that Cooper will give any of them their debuts.

Both teams still have the same injury problems as they did in the last game, which means both sets of fans will be seeing the same squads from their clubs.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest is set to be as exciting as Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest from the last match week. It will also be a big opportunity for Taiwo Awoniyi to create history as the first African to score in eight successive Premier League games.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest lineups and predictions

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest lineups

Based on the team news, here is what we think Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest starting XIs will look like.

Chelsea

Goalkeeper: Robert Sanchez

Defenders: Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill, Thiago Silva, Malo Gusto, Ben Chilwell

Midfielders: Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez

Forwards: Noni Madueke, Nicolas Jackson, Raheem Sterling.

Nottingham Forest

Goalkeeper: Matt Turner

Defenders: Willy Boly, Moussa Niakhate, Scott McKenna, Serge Aurier, Ola Aina

Midfielders: Ryan Yates, Danilo

Forwards: Anthony Elanga, Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest prediction

Both teams are on a similar run in the 2023/24 Premier League season. Mauricio Pochettino is yet to figure out his best team with the plethora of options available, so he will continue to tinker. Forest, meanwhile, will count on their momentum to push them to a positive outcome when they face Chelsea. It will be a tight game which will most likely in in a tie.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest : 1-1

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