Nottingham Forest take on Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Pundit Michael Owen has been offering his predictions for this weekend’s fixtures in the competition for BetVictor. Forest’s trip to Stamford Bridge is one of the more attractive fixtures, and Owen is backing Chelsea to get the win.
The Reds head to London having won their last three games in the Championship. They are currently sat fourth in the league table, with a game in hand still to play against Reading this month.
The problem for manager Sabri Lamouchi – who continues to impress – is how to keep his side competitive in this fixture if he does decide to make a number of changes.
Lamouchi will be conscious that 3,000 supporters are travelling to Stamford Bridge to back his side. He’ll be hoping they can produce a better performance than they did against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in September.
One factor that will give supporters hope is Forest’s away form this season. They have been hugely impressive on the road, losing only twice in the Championship to Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town.
‘Can’t see past’
Not only this, but Chelsea have also been struggling to pick up results at home.
They have lost their last two fixtures in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. These defeats have come against Bournemouth and Southampton, both sides you’d expect the Blues to beat comfortably.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, one man who scored 40 goals for England – Michael Owen – has given his prediction for the game.
He told BetVictor: “These two sides met at the corresponding stage 12 months ago at Stamford Bridge when two goals from Álvaro Morata was enough to see the hosts through to the fourth round.
“The Blues have been struggling in front of their home supporters so far this season and recent defeats at the Bridge to West Ham and Southampton will give Forest – who have won their last three in the Championship – hope.
“That said I can’t see past an entertaining home win.”