Chelsea, Forest meet for second year running

2019/20 FA Cup

Third Round Proper (Last 64)

4-6 January 2020

For the second year in a row Premier League powerhouses Chelsea will host fallen giants Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup Third Round clash, set for at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 5 January 2020, kick-off at 15:01.

Nottingham manager Sabri Lamouchi

Chelsea come into the game on the back of a somewhat disappointing midweek Premier League outing, in which they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion.

“You get what you deserve when you don’t take your chances when you are very comfortable. Particularly in the first half,” said manager Frank Lampard. “It wasn’t so comfortable in the second half but we created chances. It has been the story of a lot of our season.”

Forest also saw midweek action in the Championship and defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-2 in a thrilling clash, giving them a further confidence boost heading into the FA Cup weekend.

"I am so happy for that, because it is positive for the rest of the season. Now we must just keep going. When the players are all focused and we play as a team, as we know we can, everything is easier. But I am happy, because we have three wins in a row,” said manager Sabri Lamouchi.

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham

In head-to-head stats, Chelsea and Nottingham have met in 69 previous matches. The Blues have claimed 27 wins compared to 21 for Forest, while 21 games have been drawn.

The teams’ last meeting was in the FA Cup a year ago, with Chelsea winning 2-0 at home thanks to a brace from Alvaro Morata. Forest last claimed a win over the Blues way back in January 1997, while their last victory at Stamford Bridge came in early 1995.

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest – Head-to-head

Matches played 69
Chelsea wins 27
Forest wins 21
Draws 21

FA Cup Third Round Proper fixtures

NB – Kick-off times are all scheduled for one minute late as part of the Heads Up campaign from the FA.

Saturday 4 January
13:31: Rochdale v Newcastle United
13:31: Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town
13:31: Millwall v Newport County
13:31: Rotherham United v Hull City
13:31: Burnley v Peterborough United
13:31: Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers
16:01: Fulham v Aston Villa
16:01: Cardiff City v Carlisle United
16:01: Oxford United v Hartlepool United
16:01: Southampton v Huddersfield Town
16:01: Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday
16:01: Reading v Blackpool
16:01: Watford v Tranmere Rovers
16:01: Preston North End v Norwich City
16:01: Brentford v Stoke City
18:31: Leicester City v Wigan Athletic
18:31: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
18:31: Bournemouth v Luton Town
18:31: Manchester City v Port Vale
18:31: Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

Sunday 5 January
15:01: Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
15:01: Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
15:01: Charlton Athletic v West Bromwich Albion
15:01: Bristol Rovers v Coventry City
15:01: Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley
15:01: Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
15:01: Crystal Palace v Derby County
15:01: Burton Albion v Northampton Town
15:01: Sheffield United v Fylde
17:01: Liverpool v Everton
19:16: Gillingham v West Ham United

Monday 6 January
20:56: Arsenal v Leeds United

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Published: 01/02/2020