Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea: Betting Preview

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Match Preview

Chelsea heads to Nottingham looking to continue pursuit of European football next season. Nottingham Forest will fight for a win that would practically seal their Premier League maintenance.

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Nottingham Forest arrives at the game in great form after their huge 3-1 win against Sheffield United last weekend to gain a valuable advantage in the relegation fight. They now have a three-point lead over Luton Town and five-point over Burnley with just two games to play. Besides the points advantage, the Reds have an “extra point” due to goal difference. Therefore, a win in either of the two remaining games would practically seal their spot in the Premier League for the 2024/25 season.

After their crushing 5-0 defeat against Arsenal, Chelsea has quickly recovered for the final stretch in the European spots fight. A crucial 2-0 win against Tottenham and an emphatic 5-0 against West Ham currently leaves them in seventh place qualifying for the Europa Conference League. Just two points behind Newcastle and tied with Manchester United, but having the advantage on goal difference, they now stand as favourites for the sixth and final Europa League spot.

The Blues have three games remaining, with matches versus Brighton and Bournemouth to come after their trip to Nottingham. If they manage to win all three games, they are guaranteed a European spot since Manchester United and Newcastle, their two main competitors, are set to play against each other. They clearly have the easiest final fixture of the three, and just need Newcastle to drop three points in the final games to secure a European spot that would be a great test for this young squad development.

Match Facts

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2024

Kickoff time: 17:30 local (18:30 CET / 12:30 ET / 9:30 PT)

Location: The City Ground (Nottingham, England)

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Predicted Line Ups

Nottingham Forest: Sels; Montiel, Niakhaté, Murillo, Aina; Danilo, Domínguez, Yates; Gibbs-White, Wood, Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea: Petrović; Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher, Mudryk, Palmer, Madueke; Jackson.

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Odds

Via Bet365

Nottingham Forest Win3.50
Chelsea Win1.95
Both Teams Score Y/N1.44 / 2.62
Over / Under 2.5 Goals1.50 / 2.62


Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Prediction

Chelsea Win at 1.95

Chelsea’s main issue of the season highlighted more than once by manager Mauricio Pochettino has been the inconsistency in performance and results. However, the team has made a great step forward in the second half of the season getting them back into the top six fight and this is a great chance to prove they have overcome that when it matters the most.

Nottingham Forest has done very well against Chelsea since their return to the Premier League. In the three games played, they managed two draws and a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge this season.

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea Tips

Under 2.5 goals at 2.62

Even though a win would almost certainly secure safety for Nottingham Forest, they know Burnley and Luton Town face all the heavy lifting. Thus, expect a conservative approach by Nuno Espírito Santo that knows a point might be all they need to keep the category for next year

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