It is a repeat of last season’s fixture at this stage which the Blues won 2-0, courtesy of a brace from Alvaro Morata who would leave Chelsea shortly after.
Now led by Frank Lampard, Chelsea have had an interesting 2019/20 campaign thus far, sitting fourth in the Premier League but going through patches of good and poor results.
The Blues have been particularly poor at home of late and Nottingham Forest, currently fourth in the Championship, could look to make the most of their opportunity.
Read on for our Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest preview, team news, TV coverage information and more.
Competition: FA Cup
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 05 January 2020
Kick-off: 2:01 PM (UK time)
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05 January 2019: Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest (FA Cup)
20 September 2017: Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest (League Cup)
28 January 2007: Chelsea 3-0 Nottingham Forest (FA Cup)
19 January 2000: Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest (FA Cup)
20 February 1999: Nottingham Forest 1-3 Chelsea (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Chelsea (WWWWW) 15-2 Nottingham Forest (WWWWW)
Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi
When these two sides met last season, Callum Hudson-Odoi had been frustrated with a lack of playing time at Chelsea and was being linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
Handed a rare start, the teenager proved just why he was so highly rated, setting up both of Morata’s goals with excellent crosses. He built on that performance and was close to being a regular starter before injury cut his season short.
That injury has hampered Hudson-Odoi’s progress this season with too many underwhelming performances, resulting in fair criticism but also unfair abuse. But, as it was last year, an FA Cup third-round tie against Forest could be where Hudson-Odoi kickstarts his campaign — assuming he’ll start in a rotated side.
Key stat: Callum Hudson-Odoi has recorded four assists across all competitions this season, while also scoring once.
Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban
Everybody knows Chelsea’s defence is weak and it will be especially susceptible if Lampard opts to rotate. That’s where Lewis Grabban can thrive.
The 31-year-old is in excellent goalscoring form this season and has been key to Forest’s push for promotion that currently sees them fourth in the table.
Grabban has four goals in his past three games and Forest are yet to lose a game in which he has found the net this season. Expect him to give Chelsea’s defence a busy afternoon and get on the scoresheet.
Key stat: Lewis Grabban has scored 14 goals in 25 appearances so far this season.
Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud are unlikely to recover in time to face Nottingham Forest and will join Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel on the sidelines. Fikayo Tomori missed the draw with Brighton due to an illness so could return to partner Andreas Christensen in a rotated defence.
Tammy Abraham may be rested for Michy Batshuayi further up the pitch, with N’Golo Kante likely to also drop out.
Predicted XI: Caballero; James, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Kovacic, Gilmour; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi.
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson could provide some experience at the back for Nottingham Forest after returning to the bench for their New Year’s Day win over Blackburn Rovers.
Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele and Yuri Ribeiro could also return to the matchday squad, but Tendayi Darikwa remains out.
Predicted XI: Samba; Cash, Dawson, Figueiredo, Jenkinson; Sow, Watson; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban.
Stamford Bridge is the opposite of a fortress for Chelsea recently, with the Blues losing three of their past five home games across all competitions.
Combine this with Forest’s decent run of late, winning three in a row, and Chelsea look to be in for a tricky afternoon.
With that said, however, the Blues should still have enough to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup if Lampard gets the right mix of youth and experience when rotating. This should be a high-scoring game.