Chelsea begin 2023 with a Premier League trip to the City Ground to take on Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest on January 1.
The Blues stormed back into action after the World Cup break, with a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth, as Forest slipped to a 3-0 loss away at Manchester United.
Graham Potter has enjoyed a prolonged period with the majority of his squad during the World Cup break but a relegation battle looms large for Cooper’s Forest.
Here’s all the key information on the match including kickoff time, live streaming and TV channels, lineups and betting odds.
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What time is Nottingham Forest vs. Chelsea kick off?
This Premier League clash will kick off at the City Ground on Sunday, January 1 at 4:30 p.m local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||00:30 HKT*|
|New Zealand||05:30 NZDT*|
*Game starts on January 2 in these time zones
Nottingham Forest vs. Chelsea live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|UK||Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go, NOW TV|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sports|
|India||Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports 3 Asia||Star Sports Select|
|Hong Kong||620 Now Premier League TV, Now Player, 621 Now Premier League 1||now TV|
|Malaysia||Astro Super Sport 3||Super Sport|
|Singapore||221 Hub Premier 1, 222 Hub Premier 2||StarHub TV+|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with selected matches on Amazon Prime. Sky has the rights to this match.
USA: This match can be streamed on NBC’s Peacock platform.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).
MORE: Watch every Premier League match live with fuboTV in Canada
Nottingham Forest vs. Chelsea lineups
Cooper will make a late call on Jesse Lingard’s fitness, after he was forced off with a muscle injury, in the defeat to his former side at Old Trafford.
First choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson is back in the team after being ineligible to face his parent club last time out.
Nottingham Forest predicted starting XI (4-3-3): Henderson (GK) — Williams, Boly, Worrall, Lodi — O’Brien, Freuler, Mangala — Johnson, Lingard, Awoniyi
Potter is still battling against a lengthy injury list at Chelsea, with Reece James now sidelined, but Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic should return to the squad after an extended post-World Cup rest.
Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga (GK) — Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella — Mount, Jorginho, Gallagher — Pulisic, Havertz, Sterling
Nottingham Forest vs. Chelsea betting odds, prediction
The signs look worrying for Forest ahead of the second half of the season as they gear up to fight for their Premier League survival in 2023.
Chelsea have struggled for consistency since Potter’s mid-season arrival at Stamford Bridge, but their ruthless win over Bournemouth has revived confidence, and they should win comfortably in the East Midlands to kick off 2023.
Prediction: Chelsea to win 3-1
|Nottingham Forest win||+410||4/1||5.20||5.00|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-110 /-120||10/11 – 4/5||1.94 – 1.85||1.90 – 1.81|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-110/-120||4/5 – 10/11||1.87 – 1.85||1.84 – 1.77|
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