Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s manager, has opted for consistency as he fields an unchanged lineup from their previous Premier League fixture to face Nottingham Forest today. However, there are two fresh faces among the substitutes.
The starting XI chosen by Mauricio Pochettino for this match mirrors the lineup used against Luton Town in their previous Premier League game. Robert Sanchez guards the goal, supported by a defense line consisting of “Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, and Levi Colwill.”
Malo Gusto takes the right flank, while Ben Chilwell, captaining the Blues in the absence of Reece James, leads from the left. The midfield trio, comprising Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, and Conor Gallagher, retains their positions.
Upfront, Raheem Sterling partners with Nicolas Jackson. Notably, two new attacking players find themselves on Pochettino’s bench today. Cole Palmer, acquired from Manchester City on deadline day, and Brazilian teenager Deivid Washington, signed earlier in the summer, both make their way into the matchday squad.
Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, makes a single change from their previous game against Manchester United, with Orel Mangala joining the midfield following Brennan Johnson’s transfer to Tottenham.
Chelsea Starting XI:
- Goalkeeper: Sanchez
- Defense: Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill
- Midfield: Gallagher, Caicedo, Enzo
- Forwards: Sterling, Jackson
- Captain: Ben Chilwell
Substitutes:Bergstrom, Petrovic, Cucurella, Maatsen, Ugochukwu, Madueke, Mudryk, Palmer, Washington
Nottingham Forest Starting XI:
- Goalkeeper: Turner
- Defense: Worrall, McKenna, Boly, Aurier
- Midfield: Yates, Mangala, Danilo
- Forwards: Aina, Gibbs-White, Awoniyi
Substitutes: Horvath, Felipe, Niakhate, Tavares, Aguilera, Kouyate, Montiel, Elanga, and Wood
Chelsea is looking to maintain their momentum as they host Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. The Blues secured their first win of the season in their last Premier League match against Luton, and they followed it up with a victory against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has yet to hit their stride, but with the transfer window now closed, their focus can shift entirely to on-field matters. New signing Cole Palmer hopes to make his Chelsea debut from the bench. Conor Gallagher, who was close to a move to Tottenham on deadline day, is part of the starting lineup.
Forest put up a spirited performance against Manchester United last weekend, taking a two-goal lead early in the game before ultimately falling to defeat. Their performances against United and Arsenal this season will give them confidence in causing problems for Chelsea.