Paul Merson Predicts The Scoreline As Chelsea Take On Nottingham Forest

Paul Merson Predicts The Scoreline As Chelsea Take On Nottingham Forest

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is expecting the two sides to share the spoils when Chelsea travel to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

Writing in his column for Sportskeeda, Merson said the Blues’ lack of inconsistency makes them hard to predict and he believes they will only secure a draw against their relegation-threatened opponents this weekend:

“They’ve been a bag of revels this season under Mauricio Pochettino – you never quite know what you’re going to get from them!”

“Forest are decent at home and might not need anymore points to stay up if Luton don’t get a positive result. However, they are still fighting for safety and will be on their toes to add to their points tally, so I’m going for a draw.”

Merson has predicted a 2-2 scoreline, which would be a disappointing result for Chelsea, who are looking to maintain momentum in the hopes of securing European football for next season.

Chelsea’s away form isn’t great

Although they did draw 2-2 against top-four chasing Aston Villa in their last match on the road, Pochettino’s men had to come from two goals down to secure a point.

Their performances away from Stamford Bridge haven’t been good enough this season, having won just 5 of their 17 league games.

Forest are dangerous at home

Chelsea’s next opponent may have lost their last match at the City Ground to title contenders Manchester City but they were very much in the game until Erling Haaland scored the away side’s second.

Despite the 2-0 scoreline, Forest actually racked up 2.17 xG to City’s 0.93, which indicates they were very unlikely to lose. If they produce the same level of performance on Saturday, the Blues could be in for a difficult match.

Pochettino’s side may need to be at the top of their game in order to grab all three points.

David Tully

David Tully

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