Barkley and Hudson-Odoi in as Lampard rotates – How Chelsea could lineup vs Nottingham Forest

It is a break from Premier League action for Chelsea and Frank Lampard this weekend.

The Blues host Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup, as they look to beat the midlands side for the second year in a row at this stage of the competition.

It follows a disappointing 1-1 draw against Brighton in their last Premier League outing, where a late spectacular strike from the Seagulls meant that Lampard’s men had to settle for just a point from the game.

Ahead of the match, Lampard has some big decisions to make, with changes to the team likely.

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Three of the team have taken a look at some of the options available to the Chelsea boss.

Alan Smith – Senior Club Writer

Frank Lampard should rotate heavily for this game, affording most of his senior players some much-needed rest having played four Premier League games in 11 days.

Willy Caballero is certain to start in goal and it would be good to see young academy prospects Tariq Lamptey and Ian Maatsen start in the full back positions having trained with the first team this week.

Tariq Lamptey dribbles forward on his Chelsea debut away to Arsenal.
(Image: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Andreas Christensen will be a certain starter at centre back, possibly alongside England Under-21 Marc Guehi.

In midfield Ross Barkley will make a rare start alongside one other – most probably Mateo Kovacic on the basis he did not start against Brighton on New Year’s Day.

Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi should line up out wide, while Billy Gilmour is likely to get the nod if he shakes off the same bug that has laid Lampard and Fikayo Tomori low in recent days.

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