Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Sunday’s football game between Nottingham Forest and Chelsea will bring down the curtain on day 18 of the 2022/2023 Premier League campaign. The Reds failed to spoil Man Utd’s party at Old Trafford, with the team remaining in the relegation zone, and they face yet another difficult task against Graham Potter’s troops. All Niakhate, Biancone, Richards, and Kouyate are sidelined with injuries, as well as former Man Utd ace Jesse Lingard, who limped off with injury in the last league match.
The Blues, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, with the team moving closer to the Europa League berth. Chelsea will not have a better chance than this to start a new winning run, and we predict that Kai Havertz and Co. are going to prove their worth on the field. Reece James is a major doubt after suffering a knee injury against the Cherries, while both Kovacic and Ziyech are back to contention after the duo was rested in the last league game.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.