Nottingham Forest have drawn Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup for the second successive season. The Reds will travel to Stamford Bridge in the new year to renew their rivalry with Frank Lampard.
The challenge for Sabri Lamouchi will be a tough one. Although the Blues spent the summer under a transfer ban, their squad is still strong.
Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League right now and since arriving from Derby, Lampard has got the club’s young guns firing on all cylinders.
Following the draw, England cricketer and Forest fan Stuart Broad has made a cheeky prediction for how the game might go.
His tweet came in response to a message from Chelsea supporter and world number eight golfer Justin Rose.
Broad has made a cheeky suggestion that Joe Lolley will come up trumps at Stamford Bridge in January:
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) December 2, 2019
A 93rd minute winning wonder strike from @JLolley23 & then Super Frank admitting Forest are his favourite team in the East Midlands. You heard it here 1st… 🔴⚪️
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) December 3, 2019
It’s fair to say that Broad won’t be at the game in January. England will be touring South Africa so the fast bowler will be watching from afar.
The right-arm quick is second on England’s list of all-time wicket-takers in test matches and played a big part in England’s drawn Ashes series last summer.
Broad’s tweet will have Forest fans in stitches. Lampard’s team failed to score against Forest during his time in charge of the Rams and it seems unlikely that he will be declaring his love for the Reds any time soon.
Joe Lolley coming up trumps isn’t beyond the realms of reality, however. On his day he is capable of being the team’s matchwinner and Forest will look towards him when they travel to the capital.
Forest were beaten 2-0 by Maurizio Sarri’s team last season with Luke Steele saving a first-half penalty from Cesc Fabregas.