OPINION: Chelsea line-ups for Nottingham Forest clash as Malo Gusto starts, Mykhailo Mudryk dropped

Chelsea will be looking to turn their recent back-to-back wins against Tottenham and West Ham United into some form of momentum on Saturday evening.

The Blues go head-to-head with Nottingham Forest this weekend in what is their third-last game of the Premier League season. As it stands, Chelsea sit in seventh-place and are in a strong position to return to European football after being absent this term.

A 2-0 win against Spurs recently was followed up – just three days later – with a 5-0 thumping of the Hammers. Mauricio Pochettino was understandably delighted after both and believes his side are finally starting to show what he and his coaching staff have been trying to get out of them all season-long.

However, on the road, it has been a different story. Their last win away from home in the Premier League was almost three months ago at Crystal Palace – and that remains, to this day, their only victory this calendar year in the Premier League.

Pochettino may be tempted to keep things more or less the same for the trip to the City Ground after recent performances.

After such resounding victories in their last two matches, if I was Pochettino, I would not be making any drastic changes. However, there is perhaps scope for a couple of alterations.

Malo Gusto to come back in at right-back, for me. The Frenchman came on late on in the win against West Ham after suffering with a minor injury, so he could replace Benoit Badiashile in the team with Trevoh Chalobah moving back into the centre of defence.

Marc Cucurella to start at left-back once again and hopefully he can continue to shine in his new role, where he moves into midfield alongside Moises Caicedo. The Ecuadorian, Caicedo, has been exceptional of late so he will be alongside Conor Gallagher yet again as Enzo Fernandez remains sidelined.

Then, Noni Madueke on the right and Cole Palmer in the middle. I would be tempted to bring Raheem Sterling back into the side if he is fit enough. This sort of game, I feel, suits Sterling more than it does Mykhailo Mudryk. Nicolas Jackson up top, of course.

Lineup XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Silva, Chalobah, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher; Madueke, Palmer, Sterling; Jackson.

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