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Well that brings an end to our live coverage from the Carabao Cup. We will have live coverage of the draw later this evening, one which will be graced by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United; a big tie surely awaits.

But until next time have a very good evening.

Full time: Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest

Job done for Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi nets a hat-trick to send them through to round four, on a night where during which four players made his debuts. Kenedy opened the scoring early on, before Charly Musonda netted a fine third goal. Eden Hazard played a full 90 minutes on his return from a broken ankle.

GOAL! Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest

There is indeed a sixth goal but it is for the visitors, one which they deserve for their endeavour in this match and which their travelling fans have also earned. The Blues are caught out having thrown players forward and Tendayi Darikwa slides home. And that is the full time whistle.

"We want six, we want six," the Chelsea crowd cry. Not long to get it if they are to satisfy the appetite of the Stamford Bridge crowd. Approaching stoppage time.

GOAL! Chelsea 5-0 Nottingham Forest (Michy Batshuayi)

A hat-trick for Batshuayi but I am not too sure about how much he knew about it. Kenedy hits a thunderous effort which hits the bar and rebounds off the Chelsea and into the empty net.

Zak Clough with an ambitious free-kick which catches out Caballero and skims the roof of the net. Had that been on target, I fancy that was in. The Chelsea second string goalkeeper has not exactly been convincing tonight, in the short periods he has been involved.

Eden Hazard has been mesmeric at times tonight and his cross finds Batshuayi's head, but he can't generate the power or direction to complete his hat-trick. Ten minutes to go and you fancy there may still be another goal.

Dujon Sterling now coming on for Chelsea as Antonio Conte gives a second debut of the night. The Londoner replaces Davide Zappacosta. Good night for the Blues academy; not a sentence you often hear on a night the first team play.

Jake Clarke-Salter now on for Chelsea, making just his second senior appearance. he spent last season on loan at Bristol Rovers where he didn't really make an impression. He's got just over 20 minutes here. Andreas Christensen makes way.

Hazard and Batshuayi embrace after combining to score Chelsea's fourth.

Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi
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The start of Ampadu's Chelsea career seemingly signals the end of Daniel Fox's evening as a hard tackle on the Forest full-back leaves him floored. I think he was heading off anyway, but his evening comes to an end after an hour.

Ethan Ampadu on to become the ninth youngster player in Chelsea's history. He'll get more than half an hour to impress. He may even get in on the act if he's lucky.

GOAL! Chelsea 4-0 Nottingham Forest (Michy Batshuayi)

Chelsea may be going through to the fourth round but the biggest positive from tonight is the form of Eden Hazard who looks fit and fresh. The Belgian goes through on goal but instead of scoring himself he turns inside Henderson and lays it on a plate for Batshuayi. Too easy.

AGAINST THE POST! Eden Hazard almost marks his full return with the goal but from his favoured inside left position he rattles the upright.

Willy Caballero has had next to nothing to do - and perhaps just as well. He spills a weak effort from Cummings and it takes a fine clearance from Rudiger to prevent Walker from finishing.

Charly Musonda drives Chelsea into a 3-0 lead.

Charly Musonda
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Back under way at Stamford Bridge. How many can Chelsea get, or more vitally, how many do they want?

Half time: Chelsea 3-0 Nottingham Forest

A half which belongs to Charly Musonda. He has bossed the game and almost scores a second when he brings down a 40-yard pass but can't find the target.

Chelsea have been in complete control with goals from Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi settling the nerves. Musonda added a third with some aplomb. Forest started well but have faded badly.

Sorry to report that there are some chants emanating, I believe from the Chelsea supporters, regarding Jimmy Saville. Some people have no shame.

GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Nottingham Forest (Charly Musonda)

Charly Musonda scores on his Chelsea debut after a fine first half display. Fabregas is the architect again, finding the Belgian who drives low beyond Henderson. A swallow dive follows and as well he might.

Naturally a bit of a lull in the game as Chelsea take a grip of the game and Forest just try and hang in there. No penalty for Eden Hazard though, who is body-checked on the edge of the box by Worrall.

Michy Batshuayi puts Chelsea two-up.

Michy Batshuayi
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OFF THE BAR! Forest come close to halving the deficit as Kieran Dowell whips a free-kick goalwards and it bounces off the bar and to safety.

Almost three for Chelsea as Kenedy's cross evades Batshuayi and Musonda.

Ball in the net for the Blues though, as Zappacosta finishes from a delicious Fabregas pass.

Just about the best part of the evening from a Forest point of view.

Yellow card for Jack Nobbs for a blatant foul on Bakayoko, who had looked to counter.

I will take this scoreline over yesterday evening's dreariness, but this game is over as a contest.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest (Michy Batshuayi)

Tie over and we barely have 20 minutes on the clock. Fabregas wins the ball back on the edge of the Forest box, and Hazard plays a deflected pass through to Batshuayi, who finishes with ease. Goodnight.

Kenedy celebrates putting Chelsea into the lead.

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GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Kenedy)

Redemption for the Brazilian? Antonio Rudiger crosses from the right and finds Kenedy unmarked at the back post and he finishes in routine on the volley.

He was sent home from the pre-season tour of China after he made offensive social media posts. Tonight is his first appearance of the season. Not a bad way to repay Antonio Conte's faith.

Forest really having a go in the opening minute when they have the chance to attack Chelsea. Good to see they're not going to die wondering, just as Batshuayi shoots harmlessly wide.

Charly Musonda almost opens his account on his Chelsea debut, scampering through after Bakayoko's pass but Worrall gets back to make the challenge.

Chelsea and Forest prepare for kick-off.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

First effort on target at Stamford Bridge and it comes for Forest. Rudiger is fortunate not to concede a penalty and the ball comes back to Bouchalakis who tests Caballero, but he holds on first time.

Big night for Michy Batshuayi you feel. Alvaro Morata may have come in for Diego Costa, but there remains doubts on what is underneath the Spaniard. The Belgian needs to start delivering on a regular basis. He can often appear hurried.

I am reminded of course that Nottingham Forest are four-time winners of this competition, which is not to be dismissed. More than Arsenal and Leeds United.

Under way at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have won each of the last four meetings with Nottingham Forest including two FA Cup games since the club were last in the Premier League. The last time the City ground club beat the Blues was January 1997 when goals from Stuart Pearce and Chris Bart-Williams secured victory. Heady days.

After years of watching Premier League sides field youth teams and reserve players, even football league sides are making alterations. Eight from Forest at Chelsea, nine from Burton at Manchester United. Despite the looming possibility of a giant-killing, the day-to-day running of the league takes precedence. Something for the EFL to take into account.

There are four other ties to get your teeth into tonight. Arsenal host Doncaster and Sunderland travel to Everton, games you can follow here; while Man United take on Burton and Man City go to West Brom, and can keep abreast of those scores here.

All your Carabao Cup needs sort for one evening then. Now there is a sentence no-one has ever previously written.

Forest preparing to take on the Premier League champions.

Lat season was an unmitigated disaster for Nottingham Forest, who were battling for their lives in the Championship up until the final day of the campaign. But with a new owner and manager Mark Warburton properly backed the club are on an upward trajectory. Three defeats in their last four means they arrive in west London on a poor run of recent form, but the club is entering a new fruitful era. A return to the top flight surely can't be far behind.

Big night for Eden Hazard amid his attempts to return to full fitness. The Belgian has only had cameo appearances this season - against Leicester, Qarabag and Arsenal - but tonight he could get 90 minutes as he attempts to recapture full match sharpness.

And what of Kenedy, who has been given a second chance at Chelsea following his misdemeanors in the summer. Just one Englishman in the line-up tonight, that being captain Gary Cahill.

Forest make eight changes from the defeat at Wolves.

Michael Mancienne captains the side against his former club, but there is no place in the squad for Liam Bridcutt, another Stamford Bridge cast-off. Among the other starters are former Aston Villa full-back Eric Lichaj and 20-year-old Joe Worrall.

Nine changes for Chelsea from the draw with Arsenal. Willy Caballero makes his Blues debut after his summer move from Man City, while Charly Musonda also makes his first appearance.

Eden Hazard starts for the first time this season, after breaking his ankle while on international duty in June. Summer signings Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko are also involved.

On the bench is Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu, both of whom are awaiting their first outings for the club.

Quickly followed by the Forest eleven.

And here is the Chelsea team....

After last night was dominated by a lack of goals and empty stadia, what will be the turnout on this cold September evening?

Just 6,000 turned up at Selhurst Park to watch Palace vs Huddersfield, while 8,000 made the trip to watch Reading host Swansea. Just 24,000 were tempted into a game at Wembley between Tottenham and Barnsley, where there were a laughable amount of empty seats.

So what tonight? Hopefully some clubs have been smart on pricing.

And Nottingham Forest's players have duly arrived too ahead of kick-off. Big chance to impress tonight.

So back to tonight and Chelsea are in the house.

A rather somber note to start this evening and I would imagine whatever happens at Stamford Bridge or beyond, tonight the issue regarding Mark Sampson will dominate the agenda for the next few days. What an awful mess.


Before we get onto tonight's game, some breaking news from elsewhere in the game.

The England women's coach Mark Sampson, who has been at the centre of allegations of abuse and racism, has been sacked by The FA. You can read more on this story here.

Mark Sampson
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With Chelsea back on track in the Premier League and having started their Champions League campaign with a bang, tonight sees them begin their domestic cup campaign. A run of four wins in a row might have been halted by Arsenal but they have the ideal chance to return to winning ways tonight.

Things at Nottingham Forest are far rosier than last season's flirt with relegation. New Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis is in place and his investment and engagement of the support has made him a popular figure around the City Ground - a far cry from the tenure of Fawaz Al-Hasawi. A second cup scalp in as many rounds - they beat Newcastle United in round two - would be a nice addition to what has been an encouraging start to the season.

All the team news and build-up ahead of another bumper night of action in the Carabao Cup on the way. Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 7:45pm.