Chelsea vs Brentford Preview
Watch Chelsea Vs Brentford Preview, as Chelsea hosts Brentford on the premier league premises at Stamford Bridge in today Evening.
While the Blues are still searching for their first victory under caretaker boss Frank Lampard, the Bees are also yet to taste victory in the month of April.
The Blues followed up a 2-1 top-flight home loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on April 15 with a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League three days later, suffering a 4-0 aggregate loss to the reigning European champions.
Chelsea‘s European dreams appear to be over as they currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, a staggering 20 points behind the top four and 11 behind the top seven. Lampard’s immediate priority is to steer the Blues into the top half of the table as they bid to avoid their worst league finish for 27 years.
Only four teams have scored fewer goals than Chelsea (30) in the Premier League this season, three of which are sitting in the relegation zone, and the Blues enter Wednesday’s contest having already drawn a blank against Brentford this season playing out a goalless draw away from home in October.
Chelsea have managed to win six of their last eight home meetings with the Bees, though, and claiming three much-needed points on Wednesday would provide a huge boost ahead of next week’s daunting task away against league leaders and London rivals Arsenal.
Team News and Injury
Chelsea have been dealt a major injury blow as England duo Reece James and Mason Mount have been ruled out for the rest of the season with respective hamstring and abdominal injuries, and will join Kai Havertz, Armando Broja (both knee) and Kalidou Koulibaly (hamstring) in the treatment room.
However, Lampard is able to welcome back Ben Chilwell, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Datro Fofana after the quintet were either suspended or ineligible to face Real Madrid; both Chilwell and Badiashile are seemingly the most likely to be recalled as Lampard ponders switching to a four-man backline or sticking with a 3-5-2 setup.
The absence of James could see either Cesar Azpilicueta or Trevoh Chalobah start at right-back, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be given a run-out at right wing-back if Lampard decides to continue with a back three.
Joao Felix is expected to be recalled at the expense of the injured Havertz, while Raheem Sterling, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech will all battle for a place in attack alongside the Atletico Madrid loanee.
As for Brentford, Christian Norgaard is ruled out with an Achilles injury and joins Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Kristoffer Ajer, Thomas Strakosha (both calf) and Keane Lewis-Potter (knee) on the sidelines.
Frank tends to switch to a three-at-the-back system when facing the so-called bigger clubs in the division, but the absences of both Jansson and Ajer could see the Bees boss stick with a back four of Aaron Hickey, Ethan Pinnock, Ben Mee and Rico Henry on Wednesday.
In the absence of Norgaard, Josh Dasilva could start in centre-midfield alongside Mathias Jensen and Vitaly Janelt the latter of whom scored a brace at Stamford Bridge last season while Yoane Wissa and Mikkel Damsgaard will push Kevin Schade for a place up front alongside Toney and Bryan Mbeumo.
Chelsea vs Brentford head-to-head stats
Chelsea have a good historical record against Brentford and have won 10 out of the 18 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Brentford’s five victories. After a run of seven victories in eight matches against Brentford in all competitions, Chelsea are winless in their last two matches against the Bees.
Brentford have suffered defeat in six of their last eight games away from home against Chelsea in all competitions but did win this fixture by a 4-1 margin last season. Chelsea have lost three of their last six London derby games in the Premier League – as many defeats as they had suffered in the 14 such games preceding this run.
Chelsea are winless in their last seven matches in all competitions and have lost their last four games. Brentford have failed to win each of their last four Premier League games in which they have scored the first goal.
Chelsea vs Brentford Prediction
Brentford have conceded in nine of their last 12 away games this season, which bodes well for a goal-shy Chelsea side who can ill-afford to drop any more points if they are to finish in the top half of the table, let alone keep their slim hopes of securing European qualification alive.
Six months on from the goalless stalemate between the two teams in the reverse fixture, another tight affair could be in store on Wednesday in which both sides may have to settle for a share of the spoils.