Wednesday afternoon open thread: Youth Cup quarterfinal and some European stuff

I'm sure most of us would like to move on from the Napoli game as quickly as possible, and luckily for us the always exciting Youth Cup is back in action today. Today will feature a trip to Nottingham Forrest in a tie that would send us through to our fourth semi-final in five years. The lineup will likely be largely unchanged from last week's tie with West Ham if the weekend's youth team and Monday's reserve team were any indicator. Forrest have been one of the most dynamic attacking teams in the tournament scoring 14 goals, although 9 of those goals were scored by deadline day purchase Patrick Bamford.

Chelsea will likely continue in their 4-3-3 formation that they've been using throughout the season. With Danny Pappoe still out injured I wouldn't be surprised at all to see us run the exact same starting 11 out against Forrest. Jamal Blackman may not be available though, as he traveled to Naples with the first team this week. With that in mind, I'd expect something along the lines of the following:

Beeney, Kane, Chalobah, Ake, Nditi, Baker, Swift, Osmanovic, Affane, Feruz, Piazon.

Blackman for Beeney is certainly possible, but I'd be fairly surprised by that move. I've also yet to hear anything about the injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but his return would likely mean Osmanovic starts on the bench. The game will be live on Chelsea TV with coverage beginning at 1:30 EST (and the game kicking off around 2). Have at it, and if you're watching the Inter/Marseille or Bayern/United Basel ties feel free to use this thread as well.

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