Chelsea face Nottingham Forest in a domestic cup competition for the third time in less than two-and-a-half years on Sunday afternoon as the pair contest an Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are the hot favourites to advance to the fourth round of the competition despite the fact that manager Frank Lampard is likely to rest several first team regulars.
Ahead of the match, we take a look back at the history books as we review the last three meetings between The Blues and The Tricky Trees.
28 January 2007 – Chelsea 3 Nottingham Forest 0 (FA Cup fourth round)
Chelsea eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a routine 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
Andriy Shevchenko fired The Blues into an early lead when his effort cannoned off the unfortunate visiting defender John Curtis on it’s way to finding the back of the net before Didier Drogba’s stunning long range effort made it 2-0.
Jon Obi Mikel’s goal just before half-time made it three for the South West Londoners as they cruised into the next round of the competition.
20 September 2017 – Chelsea 5 Nottingham Forest 1 (League Cup third round)
Michy Batshuayi netted a hat-trick as Chelsea hammered Nottingham Forest 5-1 in their League Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge.
Kenedy volleyed in the opener after just 13 minutes before Batshuayi’s close range strike made it 2-0. Youngster Charly Musonda thumped in a third on his full debut before two clinical strikes from Batshuayi in the second half saw the player complete his hat-trick and put The Blues 5-0 up.
Forest grabbed a consolation goal in second half stoppage time through Tendayi Darikwa’s effort following a quick break.
5 January 2019 – Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0 (FA Cup third round)
Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty on his farewell Chelsea appearance as The Blues saw off Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Spaniard had the opportunity to fire Chelsea into the lead but he saw his effort from 12 yards saved by Forest keeper Luke Steele.
Alvaro Morata’s goal early in the second half eventually gave The Blues the lead, he tapped in from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross. The forward netted both his and his side’s second goal 10 minutes later with a trademark header to cap-off a 2-0 victory.
Midfielder Fabregas famously left the pitch in tears as he was given a warm round of applause by the Chelsea faithful.
Sunday’s meeting is scheduled to kick-off at 2.01pm, the unusual kick-off time marking The Football Association’s campaign to raise awareness of mental health. The fixture has not been selected for live television coverage.