Brentford vs Chelsea
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium.
When Chelsea takes on Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday, they will be aiming to advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
The Carabao Cup is back for the first time since October, with Arsenal and Sunderland kicking off the quarter-finals stage of the competition on Tuesday. Brentford will welcome Chelsea at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday, with the other three games taking place at the same time.
Brentford started their Carabao Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Forest Green in the second round. In the succeeding stages, the Bees defeated Oldham Athletic and Stoke City to set up a quarter-final date with Chelsea. Chelsea’s games have gone the distance, with Thomas Tuchel’s side surviving penalty shootouts against Aston Villa and Southampton.
Brentford’s recent record has been encouraging, with Thomas Frank’s side having just lost one of their past five games. Chelsea, on the other side, has only won one of their last five games, with Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers stalemating the west Londoners in the last week.
Brentford and Chelsea have previously met this season, with Chelsea winning a hard-fought 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Ben Chilwell. The Hard Tackle examines the matchup before of the most recent game between the two teams.
Brentford vs Chelsea Head to head :
- Chelsea have a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent in the past decade.
- In fact, barring a single draw, they have a perfect winning record in the period.
- They had scored four or more goals in two of the past three meetings.
- The latest meeting at this stadium had ended in a 0-1 win for the guests.
Brentford vs Chelsea Prediction :
Thomas Tuchel may be struggling to pick a competitive starting eleven, but his squad has the talent to make a match of the Brentford encounter. The Blues will be annoyed once again by the fact that their game is progressing, but Christian Pulisic’s quick release might make a difference.
Brentford, on the other hand, will struggle to create many chances to score, and Kepa Arrizabalaga should be able to handle anything is thrown at him. In the end, a solitary goal will almost certainly be enough to seal the tie, with Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot to send Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Brentford vs Chelsea Team News :
Both teams are expected to be missing a number of players for this encounter, and considering Tuchel’s rage at being forced to play at the weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave some inexperienced players a chance to shine.
Chelsea might be without up to seven players due to coronavirus, albeit only Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, and Lewis Baker have been declared positive thus far.
Trevoh Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech were forced to leave the game against Wolves with injury, further depleting an already thin Blues squad.
Tuchel is optimistic that neither injury is severe, but the rapid turnaround in matches makes them significant concerns for at least this game, with N’Golo Kante set to miss out.
Kai Havertz missed the game against Wolves due to sickness, but a coronavirus test came back negative, so he could start up front on Wednesday after scoring four goals in his two previous League Cup appearances.
Chelsea will also evaluate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who missed the game against Wolves due to an injury, although Jorginho was able to return to training on Monday after an inconclusive test kept him out of the game.
Andreas Christensen is also out with an injury and is unlikely to play, perhaps allowing Malang Sarr to make a rare start.
Tuchel is anticipated to rotate as much as possible, which means Kepa Arrizabalaga, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, and the fit-again Mateo Kovacic might all make appearances.
This week, a lot of Under-23 players were brought into training to assist increase numbers, and some of them may be called into the matchday squad.
Brentford’s list of absentees is equally long, however Ivan Toney is said to have recovered from coronavirus and might be in contention, while Ethan Pinnock has been out for more than ten days.
The Bees’ injury situation is also far from ideal, with David Raya, Julian Jeanvier, Joshua Dasilva, and Kristoffer Ajer all out.
Wednesday’s encounter is also believed to come too soon for Mathias Jorgensen, leaving Frank with few defensive alternatives, especially if Pinnock remains out.
Brentford, on the other hand, have the competition’s top scorer in Marcus Forss, who has five EFL Cup goals this season, giving him a total of nine goals and one assist in ten League Cup appearances.
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Goode, Jansson, Thompson; Roerslev, Ghoddos, Bidstrup, Jensen, Fosu-Henry; Toney, Forss
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr; James, Saul, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Barkley; Havertz