Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, Chelsea will be looking to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they welcome Nottingham Forest to their Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues are having a season to forget, but their display is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Forest. Joao Felix is pushing for a start after sealing the victory against the Cherries, whereas all Koulibaly, James, and Mount remain in the recovery room. Both Chilwell and Cucurella are major doubts and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
The Reds, on the other hand, aim to build on a 4-3 win over Southampton, but given their poor away record (1-3-13) in the 2022/2023 season, we predict that Frank Lampard’s troops are going to pick up all three points from the match. The likes of Biancone, Henderson, Colback, McKenna, Richards, Scarpa, Williams, and Wood should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Thiago Silva):
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is one of the highest rated defenders in world football. Having emerged from Fluminense youth ranks, the 31-year-old defender established himself as a world-class performer while plying his trade for AC Milan from 2009 to 2012.
Having largely contributed to Rossonerri’s title winning campaign in 2010-11, Thiago Silva moved to Paris Saint-Germain together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a reported fee worth €42 million, which made him then second-most expensive defender in football history after Rio Ferdinand.
Silva was an immediate success at the French club, helping Les Parisiens win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process. Heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, fan favourite Thiago Silva remains a key figure at Paris Saint-Germain and a leader of the new wave under head coach Unai Emery. Having already surpassed the 100-game mark for the French giants, Thiago Silva is slowly writing his name in the history books of Paris Saint-Germain.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.