Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Betting: Conte's men should expect no trouble from Championship club

The Blues face Mark Warburton's team in the League Cup and our tipster thinks that the Premier League club will cruise to a comfortable win here

Chelsea are targeting an immediate return to winning ways when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Antonio Conte's charges were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, but the Blues can be backed at just 1/7 (1.14) with bet365 to beat their Championship opponents in this League Cup third round tie.

Chelsea could well shuffle their pack for this tie and Conte will have few fears about fielding fringe players against Forest, for a predominantly second string Chelsea team claimed a crushing 6-0 victory against Azerbaijani champions Qarabag in west London last week.

Joe Worrall Nottingham Forest

One man who is expected to return to the Blues' starting line-up for the tie against Forest is Eden Hazard; the Belgian midfielder came off the bench in the closing stages against Arsenal and Conte will be delighted to be able to call upon the services of the midfield maestro from the start for the first time this season.

Warburton's team progressed to the third round of this competition by beating Premier League opposition, a thrilling 3-2 victory after extra time against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Since then, though, Forest have faltered; Warburton's team have been beaten in three of their last four fixtures, with their most recent defeat coming at the City Ground against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend; it is, therefore, no surprise that bet365 offer a chunky 14/1 (15.0) that the Championship side stun Chelsea, while the same firm go 7/1 (8.0) that the East Midlanders take the tie to extra time.

Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three fixtures at Stamford Bridge and the Blues can be backed at just 8/13 (1.62) with bet365 to keep Forest at bay, while the same firm offer 4/6 (1.67) that the Blues win without conceding against their out-of-sorts opponents.

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The Blues boast an impressive record against lower league opposition in this competition, having won 17 of their last 19 ties against teams from outside of the top tier and Chelsea can be backed at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 to cruise into the fourth round by winning by, at least, three clear goals, while the same firm go 4/9 (1.44) that Chelsea lead at both half time and full time against Forest.

Backing the Blues to win both halves, though, may well offer best value for punters; Chelsea will be determined to get back amongst the goals after a frustrating 90 minutes against Arsenal, while Forest have managed just one clean sheet in their last nine matches and those defensive deficiencies could well be brutally exposed by this considerable step up in class.

Chelsea, therefore, are capable of cruising into the fourth round of the League Cup and bet365's 5/6 (1.83) for the Blues to win both halves could well put punters on the path to profit.

Chelsea to win both halves at 5/6 (1.83) for a 3pt stake with bet365

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