Nottingham Forest travel to Chelsea on Sunday looking to progress to round four of the FA Cup.

The Reds faced the Premier League giants at the same stage last season, losing 2-0 courtesy of an Alvaro Morata brace.


Two new managers will be in the dugout this season. Sabri Lamouchi and Frank Lampard will lock horns for the first time.

Forest could make some changes for the game, with Lamouchi hinting that it wasn’t a priority for him after the win over Blackburn on Wednesday.

Ahead of Sunday’s game, we looked at a potential starting line-up that Lamouchi could use at Stamford Bridge.

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba should start in goal. Aro Muric is set to return to Manchester City and it would be a risk to hand Jordan Smith his debut against such a strong side.

At the back, changes could be made. Matty Cash might get a rest with Carl Jenkinson now fit. The £2 million (Daily Mail) man could make his first appearance since August.

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Michael Dawson could be restored to the team having sat on the bench for the last three games.

His partner will be either Joe Worrall or Tobias Figueiredo. With Worrall having played every league game this season, the Portuguese performer could keep his place.

At left-back, Lamouchi may choose to recall Yuri Ribeiro who has been missing for two months with a knee injury.

Midfield duo

Ben Watson will surely earn a rest. The 34-year-old has played every league game and it would be no surprise if he didn’t travel this weekend.

Ryan Yates should return to the fray and alongside him, Brennan Johnson could earn a chance to play.

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The youngster played in a central midfield role against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and he could start once again.

John Bostock could also come back into contention having fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks.

In attack

It seems for all the world that Lewis Grabban will need to continue in attack. The 14-goal striker is the only frontman on the books right now so he should play.

In the number 10 slot behind him, Joao Carvalho should play in his natural position.

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On the flanks, Albert Adomah might get a rare chance to play, whilst Joe Lolley could play as Lamouchi aims to keep things competitive.

Here is how Lamouchi’s team could look this weekend:

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