Chelsea avoided relegation for a 35th season in a row last weekend and secured Premier League safety, so as we head into the final two weeks of this horrific campaign, we can enjoy the last four games without any pressure.
Of course it would be nicer if the season wasn’t an absolute disaster, but it’s practically all over now. No more pain.
Here comes the sun.
Date Time: Saturday 13 May 2023, 3pm BST; 10 a.m. EDT; 7:30 PM IST
Location: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Paul Tierney (on the field); Stuart Atwell (VAR)
Prediction: Sunny and warm and a gentle breeze to melt your cares away
On TV: none (UK); US, Universo (US); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); SuperSport Maximo 2 (NGA); elsewhere
Stream: none (UK); NBC sports; Telemundo Deports En Vivo (US); Hotstar (India); DStv now (NGA)
Chelsea team news: Ben Chilwell is the newest returning client in the injury room, joining Mason Mount, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Armando Broja and Marcus Bettinelli. Kalidou Koulibaly has returned to light training but like the rest of the group it is quite unlikely that he will play again this season. Wesley Fofana’s absence last weekend turned out to be largely precautionary and he should be available today.
Given the injuries and the lack of anything tangible to fight for, there is some hope that we will see some Academy youngsters in the last few games. Lewis Hall should be left back’s deputy given the absence of Chilwell and Cucurella, while the likes of Omari Hutchinson and Charlie Webster have not been seen for some time.
Nottingham Forest team news: With three games left, Forest are three points clear of the deficit, but they will probably need to pick up a point or two between now and the end to survive, especially as their goal difference is the second worst in the league.
They’ve been in decent form lately, amassing six points from their last three games – following an 11-game winless run – including a huge 4-3 win over Southampton last weekend. They’ve scored as many as ten goals in their last four games and have scored as many as Chelsea (34) this season, as if we needed another shocking indictment of our attacking “ability”.
Earlier: Chelsea only managed a draw at The City Ground on New Year’s Day in our first league game against Forest since 1999. Raheem Sterling scored our only goal.
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