The Week 18 match between Nottingham Forest and Chelsea will take place on January 1 at the City Ground.
The Londoners beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last season. This victory broke a five-match unbeaten streak in the APL (2 draws and 3 defeats). However, the closest rivals also got victories in the last matchday, resulting in Chelsea’s eighth place in the table and six points behind the top four. On the road, the team is not yet impressive and cannot win in the last 3 games of the APL, drawing once and losing in two meetings.
At the bottom of the standings there is a high density of teams, the distance between 15th and 20th club is only 3 points. Nottingham remain in the relegation zone, but they are only 1 point behind the saving 17th place. On the previous matchday Steve Cooper’s charges lost away to Manchester United 0-3. It was the 4th defeat in a row, all on the road. Home Nottingham Forest has not lost in 4 games in a row in the league (2 wins and 2 draws), and scored 11 out of 13 points.
Londoners in the current draw, on the road were able to get 3 wins, beating opponents from the second half of the standings. But the games with the mid-tier and nearest rivals have not been successful so far. The Nottingham side certainly can’t claim to be serious contenders this season, but at home they are ready to give battle to any club of the APL, in what Liverpool have already seen in the 13th matchday. “Nottingham Forest” won in 3 home matches of the EPL, and in all with the same score of 1-0. We assume that Steve Cooper again will build the game in the same manner, and will try not to lose at least and not let the visitors to score.