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Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest: Antonio Conte name three starters ahead of Carabao clash



Antonio Conte

Two former European Champions in Chelsea and Nottingham Forest clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.

The fixture looks like a mere formality for the Premier League Champions, even if manager Antonio Conte makes significant changes to his lineup.

Chelsea are currently lying third in the Premier League table, and they once again look like serious title challengers.

The Blues seem to be in a three-way battle with Manchester United and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest currently occupies the 10th position on the Championship log and struggling to be consistent in the league.

The Championship side has lost three matches and won two of their last five fixtures. But those victories were impressive wins; away at Premier League side Newcastle United in the last round of the League cup, and away at Sunderland in a Championship match.

Italian tactician Antonio Conte on Tuesday faced the media before the Forest Carabao Cup game.

The former Juventus head coach confirmed that Belgium international attacker Eden Hazard will start for the Blues on Wednesday night against Forest.

Eden Hazard has been steadily recuperating from injury which made him miss the entire pre-season program of the West London club.

Conte also hinted that youngsters Charly Musonda and Kenedy will be picked for the Forest match.

Elsewhere, Spain international Pedro is out of the game, while England international Danny Drinkwater is also out with an injury.

Brazil international defender David Luiz is suspended for this tie after being red carded against Arsenal.