Chelsea are looking to build on last week’s 3-0 victory over Luton Town at Stamford Bridge when they entertain Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon. We take a look at where the betting value might lie in this Premier League clash.
Chelsea are still without summer signing Christopher Nkunku, Carney Chukwuemeka and defenders Wesley Fofana, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah for the visit of Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The latter will have to make do without defender Joe Worrall, who is serving a three-game suspension following his sending off against Manchester United last weekend.
The hosts picked up their first win of the season last time out as they defeated Luton Town 3-0 at home. Raheem Sterling stole the show again as he scored and assisted, teeing up Nicolas Jackson for his first Premier League goal with a true poacher’s finish. Mauricio Pochettino knows how important the Blues’ form at home will be for their ambitions this term so they will be determined to win two on the bounce when they face the Tricky Trees.
Forest were aggrieved in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend but have shown that they can tussle with the big boys in the top flight and will feel that they can cause Chelsea problems on their own turf, especially with striker Taiwo Awoniyi already among the goals this year and on a run of scoring in seven consecutive Premier League games.
Nicolas Jackson to score anytime @ 6/5
Jackson will be delighted that he has opened his Premier League account for his new club and will fancy himself to get more chances to extend his tally against Forest this weekend.
The forward has looked sharp for Chelsea thus far and he possesses many qualities desired of a number nine these days. We know Chelsea haven’t always had good fortune with their strikers, but he seems like a player who can become a star at the Bridge.
His goal against Luton was thoroughly deserved and he will be brimming with confidence that he has been able to get off the mark early in his new colours. Jackson will be relishing the opportunity for a second successive home game in the league and will fancy his chances to fire one past Steve Cooper’s side on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea and over 2.5 goals @ EVS
Apart from their defeat at West Ham United, Chelsea have largely been impressive in the Premier League so far. They outplayed Liverpool in their opening weekend stalemate and were unplayable against Luton last time out.
Sterling rolled back the years with a scintillating performance down the right flank and full-back Malo Gusto linked up brilliantly with him, notching two assists for himself. Chelsea are still learning under Pochettino but there have been a lot of positive signs early on to suggest they will be in for a much more enjoyable campaign.
Forest are not to be underestimated, however. Remember that they beat Arsenal last season to not only secure their survival but also hand Manchester City the title – and despite losing last weekend, they were two goals to the good against Manchester United within four minutes, they can be a very dangerous side to play against.
Home advantage should help Chelsea over the line here but expect a few goals and both teams to get on the scoresheet.