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Nottingham Forest takes point from wobbling Blues

Willy Boly's attempted clearance hits his own crossbar, and the rebound falls kindly to Raheem Sterling to ease Chelsea in front of Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest got a second-half goal from Serge Aurier to defy Raheem Sterling’s opener and deliver a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the City Ground on Sunday.

Chelsea led 1-0 at the break when a Christian Pulisic cross was deflected off the cross bar and onto the waiting foot of Sterling, but Aurier showed patience and technique in cleaning up a 63rd-minute mess in Chelsea’s box to level the line.


Forest very much deserved the point and might feel aggrieved to not have found a winner, but the Tricky Trees will be happy with their 14th point of the season. That’s good for 18th place, level with 17th-place West Ham.

Chelsea fails to move past 7th-place London rivals Fulham and sits eighth with its point.

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Raheem Sterling got his goal but will lament his lack of company on the score sheet as the wide men delivered chances but the scorers weren’t found in blue shirts.

Sterling and Christian Pulisic were joined by fullbacks Cesar Azpilicueta and Marc Cucurella in getting the ball to dangerous areas but it was a day of almosts for Kai Havertz, Mason Mount -- who was subbed early -- and later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea

USMNT star Pulisic was lively from the get-go and dribbled across his own half before surging up the right to move Chelsea forward, later delivering the cross that led to Sterling’s goal with a dart around the left edge of Forest’s back line.

Havertz had 48 touches but Willy Boly was all over him and the Forest center back was ready for the challenge at the other end when he leapt with Pulisic -- unwhistled for hands to the American’s face -- and nodded a second ball back toward Aurier after Havertz’s clearing attempt fired straight into the air.

Graham Potter might be getting reinforcements at other positions, but consistently center forward finishing -- Havertz does seem to be the best bet -- has to arrive if Chelsea wants to claim a top four spot.

Stars of the Show

Willy Boly

Marc Cucurella

Morgan Gibbs-White

Raheem Sterling

Christian Pulisic

Remo Freuler

What’s next?

Forest faces a huge Wednesday trip to fellow bottom-half struggler Southampton.

Chelsea wobbles home to face Manchester City, who will also be coming off a disappointing draw when the two meet at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

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Serge Aurier goal video: Forest snags a point!

How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET SundayTV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium.

Key storylines & in-form players

Orel Mangala was Forest’s stand-out player at Old Trafford, but the Tricky Trees’ danger is usually driven by Morgan Gibbs-White, Jesse Lingard, and either Emmanuel Dennis and/or Taiwo Awoniyi as a lead forward.

Chelsea’s still learning its biggest stars under Graham Potter, and USMNT winger Christian Pulisic helped Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling deliver the goods against Bournemouth. Can it be the same front three versus Forest or will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang take someone’s place in the front three?

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