Date: Saturday 28th October 2023
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 BST
Chelsea play their 1,200th Premier League game today in the early kick-off, at home to Brentford.
Much was made about Arsenal being poor last weekend, with very little said about the fact they were battered by our midfield which might have explained their ‘poor’ performance. It was a frustrating one given at 2-0 they didn’t look like they had a hope of getting past us – until Sanchez showed his benevolent side. Declan Rice, who’d had absolutely no joy against us all game, must have thought it was his birthday. That mistake, and the substitutions, disrupted the momentum for them to get a point. Title contenders? I don’t think so.
Onto the lunchtime kick-off then and today’s visitors also find us fairly generous opposition, with 2 wins and a draw from our last 3 meetings. Whilst our point last weekend lifted us to the dizzy heights of 10th in the table, the Bees sit in 14th coming into today’s game but they do come into it off the back of a 3-0 win against Burnley last weekend to end a run of six Premier League games without a win.
Disappointment aside, there were plenty of positives for us to take from the game last weekend. Individual and team performances are coming along nicely, we just need to sustain them for 90 minutes. We could do with maintaining that momentum this afternoon and if we could manage it without dishing out any gifts, that would be greatly appreciated.
Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, says “Attitude is the most important thing. Without the right attitude it is impossible to perform. The whole team is showing great attitude. It is really important, we need to create a run at home and start to win. We need to start to project the image that we are solid and consistent in front of our fans. We are desperate to show them we can get the three points at home. We are building a strong team, the mentality is there, is much, much better than at the start. We are happy with the way we are evolving from day one but we are still far away from what we expect from our team and from us. We are Chelsea and we know our responsibilities are massive – it is to win.”
Brentford manager, Thomas Frank, meanwhile, says “He (Pochettino) has done fantastically his whole coaching career. He knows what it takes to build a club to a high level; you can see them moulding more and more together. They have so much pace on the counters, and we have to stop crosses from the side. Chelsea look really promising. The players they have are very high quality. Their talent and potential is really exciting. I can see this squad competing in two years, or maybe earlier depending on how their development goes.
It’s no secret that, when we can, we want to go high in the pressure against Chelsea. We’ll do that every time we can against any opponent. Then we need to be aware of the ball in behind, but I think that’s a front-footed and very brave mindset to the game. It was a good win (against Burnley), and an important win, and a nice reminder that we are still a good team. We believe in ourselves and know we are a good team; we know we can create trouble for any team in this division. We need to bring that confidence and belief into the game against Chelsea.”
For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Armando Broja (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) are all injured. Axel Disasi (thigh), Nicolas Jackson (wrist) and Reece James are all available but unlikely starters.
For Brentford, Rico Henry, Mikkel Damsgaard (both knee), Kevin Schade (groin), Josha Dasilva (hamstring), Shandon Baptiste (shoulder), and Keane Lewis-Potter (calf) are injured. Ivan Toney, obviously, remains on gardening leave but Aaron Hickey is available again after a one-match ban. Ben Mee it also available again.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; Cucurella, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher; Palmer, Sterling, Mudryk
BRENTFORD (Possible line-up): Flekken; Collins, Mee, Pinnock; Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Hickey; Mbeumo, Wissa
Chelsea 0-2 Brentford (26th April 2023)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
- Brentford have won the last 2 meetings at Stamford Bridge.
- Chelsea’s win against Luton in August is their only victory in their previous 12 at home in the league.
- Both of Brentford’s league wins this season have come in west London.
- Chelsea have won just two of their last 12 Premier League London derbies.
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last 12 London derbies in the league.
Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Brentford