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How Chelsea could line up against Nottingham Forest

Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri's side could line up at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea head into Saturday's FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest having failed to score in their last two fixtures at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues remain in fourth place in the Premier League standings, but Maurizio Sarri's side failed to net against either Leicester City or Southampton.

Chelsea have now not scored more than two goals in a match since November 29, and it leaves Sarri having to consider his options during the January transfer window.

The head coach has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of this match, and here Sports Mole looks at how his team could line up against the Championship outfit.



CHEXI VS. NOT

Out: Olivier Giroud (ankle), Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: Pedro (hamstring), Willian (knock), Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring), Mateo Kovacic (illness), Danny Drinkwater (unknown)

Chelsea will be without Olivier Giroud due to an ankle injury, so Alvaro Morata is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup.

Pedro and Willian may not be risked ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur, so Eden Hazard should start with Callum Hudson-Odoi potentially an option during the second half.

Cesc Fabregas will start on what could be his final appearance for the Blues, while Mateo Kovacic could also feature if he has recovered from illness.

Sarri will likely change his entire back four with Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, Ethan Ampadu and Emerson Palmieri all in contention to feature in the first XI.

Willy Caballero should replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the Spaniard being preferred in the EFL Cup three days later.

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Maurizio Sarri on the touchline during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Crystal Palace on November 4, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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