Nottingham Forest - Chelsea prediction
On New Year's Day, Nottingham Forest host Chelsea in an English Premier League match.
Steve Cooper's men will look to extend their unbeaten run at their City Ground to six in a row.
Having recorded 3 wins and 2 draws in their previous 5 home matches in all competitions.
This included their 1-0 wins over Liverpool in the Premier League and 2-0 over Tottenham in the League Cup.
Getting back into game mode after the World Cup was especially nice for Forest fans.
As their favorites beat Blackburn 4-1 away in the League Cup.
This was followed, however, by a heavy 0-3 Championship defeat by Man United, away again.
This loss anchored the Nottingham team in the relegation zone of the Premier League.
For their part, Chelsea put a poor run of results before the World Cup behind them, beating Bournemouth in the Christmas round.
And he can build on that win with further success when Nottingham Forest visit.
In fact, the London Blues have already won 3 away games against teams from the bottom half of the table .
Those wins were against Everton, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
I think they will today. But still, their victory will probably come in the second half.
Because the Reds have only trailed once at half-time as a home team all season so far.
Prediction: X/2 for First Half/Final Score.
Nottingham Forest - statistics and info
Nottingham Forest remained penultimate in the table after being beaten 3-0 by Man Utd at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Steve Cooper's side did score late in the first half, but Willie Boley was offside according to VAR.
"We lost 3-0 so the main feeling is disappointment," said the manager.
“United were the better team throughout and deserved to win the game.
But what we didn't do was make the most of all the good times we had.
We had enough corners and set pieces to score a goal.
I just think we lacked quality and belief when we had moments to make the difference in the game.
That's something we'll have to do better going forward.”
Nottingham Forest have won just 2 points and scored just one goal from eight away games in the Premier League.
But they can be inspired by their form at home .
West Ham, Liverpool and Palace were beaten 1-0 at the City Ground, in addition to draws against Aston Villa and Brentford.
It is the matches at home that the Reds will rely on to save themselves from relegation.
Chelsea - statistics and info
Chelsea have a lot of work to do to break into the top four this season.
Having suffered 3 consecutive losses before the World Cup break.
However, the Blues began their recovery with a comfortable 2-0 win against Bournemouth.
Early goals from Kai Havertz and Mason Mount were enough.
And Graham Potter 's side kept a first clean sheet in 8 games in all competitions, despite being under some pressure at the end.
"I was happy to score, but the most important thing was to win," German striker Havertz told the club's website.
"I hope the win and the goals will give us confidence going forward.
We have to keep winning and this coming period will be decisive for us."
Havertz, who was thought to be breaking the deadlock, was handed the centre-forward role by Potter.
And he returned the favor with a superb goal from Raheem Sterling's cross.
"I like to play freely and get into the box.
And he told me to do that more. So I was happy to pay back with the goal," added the 23-year-old international.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Henderson; Williams, Worrell, Boley, Lodi; Yeats, Froyler, Mangala; Johnson, Avoni, Dennis
Injuries: Gibbs-White, Kouyate, Niachate, Richards, Biancone, Lingard (questionable)
Lineups: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Coulibaly, Silva, Cucurella; Gallagher, Jorginho, Mount; Sterling, Havertz, Pulisic
Injured: Broja, Kante, Chilwell, Fofana, Loftus-Cheek, James
League standings and form