CHELSEA welcome Nottingham Forest for the second year running in the FA Cup.
Frank Lampard's side have struggled on home soil in recent weeks whilst the visitors are well in the mix for promotion to the Premier League.
Chelsea were 2-0 victors against Forest last season, but will not want to become complacent as they eye silverware in 2020.
- Kick off at 2.01pm from Stamford Bridge
- Match will not be shown live on UK television
Chelsea XI: Caballero, James, Tomori, Christensen, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi
Subs: Cumming, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Lamptey, Mount, Willian, Giroud
Nottingham Forest XI: Smith, Jenksinon, Dawson, Figueiredo, Ribeiro, Yates, Semedo, Carvalho, Johnson, Mighten, Adomah
Subs: Shelvey, Benalouane, Sole, En-Neyah, Hefele, Gabriel
You doubt that Frank Lampard considers this competition a true priority, given the Blues have bigger fish to fry in the Champions League (against Bayern Munich no less) and the Premier League.
He says in today's programme notes: “I grew up watching this competition as a young boy and was then fortunate enough to experience it as a player and win it four times during my time here.
“It provided me with many memorable moments and I know how much it means to Chelsea supporters as well, so I'm very much looking forward to this game.
“It comes after a busy Christmas period in the Premier League, which reflected our overall season in many ways.
“Of the four matches, we had two very good performances against our London rivals, Tottenham and Arsenal, which I know the fans enjoyed.
“On the flip side, Southampton was obviously disappointing – another game where we were shut out at home, which is something we need to improve in the New Year.
“Then Brighton away was a frustrating draw for us, and a match we have won from the position we were in.
“It's all part of the process,but that doesn't make it any easier to take and we need to keep working to make sure we get to where we want to be.
“We were looking for consistency because we want to be successful, but we come into the New Year in the tip four and, considering all the questions that were asked of us back in the summer, I think we can be relatively happy.
“However, we must want more.”
In terms of head-to-heads, there have been four meetings between the two teams since Forest were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1998-99 season.
Weirdly all of the ties have been at Stamford Bridge, not the City Ground.
Chelsea have won all four of the ties in recent years, which has included three FA Cup matches and one in the League Cup.
In fact, the Blues have scored 12 goals and conceded just one in those four games.
Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba and Jon Obi Mikel scored in a 3-0 win as the Blues went on to win the FA Cup after victory in this competition in 2007.
They beat Manchester United in the first final held at the new Wembely a few months later.
Both sets of players have been arriving at Stamford Bridge.
They'll be heading out for warm-ups soon.
And on the Forest bench:
Shelvey, Benalouane, Fornah, Sole, En-Neyah, Hefele, Gabriel
Here is the Nottingham Forest starting XI, captained by a familiar Premier League face.
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