Nottingham Forest take a welcome break from the rigours of the Championship this weekend, making the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.
They were well beaten the last time the two sides met in the competitions and despite this not being the focus of their season, another heavy loss would be hugely detrimental to Aitor Karanka. He’s under pressure to get them back up the division and wouldn’t be helped with a humiliation at the hands of the Blues.
Despite that, there’s every chance that Forest will shake up their starting XI with the Championship in mind. They might not have a choice, they’ve got an injury-ravaged squad at present and will likely be patched up for the journey.
It doesn’t look like being a good afternoon for the Reds, but with the XI we’ve selected below, they might just be able to spring a surprise.