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          Brentford vs Chelsea Predictions & Betting Tips

          A West London derby awaits as Chelsea travel to Brentford looking to climb the table in the race for the European places. The hosts desperately need three points as they try and separate themselves from the bottom three.

          • Date: 02/03/24
          • Kick-off time: 15:00
          • Venue: Gtech Community Stadium

          This will be Chelsea’s first Premier League fixture in two weeks, following their Carabao Cup final defeat against Liverpool last Sunday. Consequently, it has meant they have fallen to 11th in the table as a result of the weekend’s fixtures. A victory against Brentford would allow them to keep pace with the sides above them and remain in the hunt for a European spot. However, a defeat would leave them facing an uphill battle, falling behind the rest of the chasing pack.

          Brentford, in contrast, are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone. Five defeats in their last six games has left them just five points above Luton in 18th. They currently sit in 16th and there is a lot of congestion in that area of the table. Three points this weekend would go a long way in securing Premier League survival and could mean they can look forward rather than nervously over their shoulders. Leaving with no points would put them in a very precarious position as we enter an important stage of the campaign.

          Thomas Frank’s side have kept just one clean sheet in 16 league games, highlighting their struggles at the back. Similarly, Mauricio Pochettino’s team have kept just two in the same number of games. The Blues’ away form has vastly improved, as they have picked up four points in their last two whilst booking their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win at Aston Villa. There should be goals in this game, and the visitors will look to both Nicolas Jackson and Cole Palmer to provide them. Conor Gallagher will also hope to continue his good goalscoring form after netting four in five. Ivan Toney will be the main threat for the hosts, he has scored four goals in six games following his return in January.

          Since Brentford’s promotion in 2021, they have faced Chelsea a total of five times in the Premier League, with a further meeting in the League Cup. The Bees actually have an excellent record against their West London rivals, winning three games and losing one. Chelsea won the League Cup tie 2-0 away from home as well as the first league meeting in which Ben Chilwell scored the winner on the stroke of half-time. Ever since, it has been domination by Brentford. In the four subsequent games, they have scored eight goals and conceded only one. This includes a 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

          The reverse fixture at the Bridge earlier this season ended in the visitor’s favour, as Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo scored second-half goals to upset Pochettino’s side.

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          Brentford vs Chelsea - Team News

          Brentford Team News

          Brentford have a number of long-term injuries with no returns imminent. Rico Henry and Josh Da Silva are out for the season, whilst Bryan Mbeumo and Ethan Pinnock are not expected back until the end of March. Aaron Hickey and Kevin Schade also remain out.

          Chelsea Team News

          Thiago Silva missed the Carabao Cup final through injury but has returned to training. Marc Cucurella is nearing a return but this may come too soon for him. Romeo Lavia, Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka remain long-term absentees.

          Form Guide


          In their last six games, Brentford have won one and lost five. The Bees are in a torrid run of form, though they just narrowly lost 1-0 at the Etihad against Man City. They were dominated in both shots and possession, but were frustrating the hosts. Unfortunately for Brentford, they could not see it through, as Erling Haaland broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go.

          This followed another tricky fixture at home to Liverpool, however, this was much more comfortable for the visitors. Darwin Nunez opened the scoring late in the first half before Alexis Mac Allister and Mo Salah added two more before 70 minutes. Ivan Toney got one back but it was nothing more than a consolation as Cody Gakpo scored a fourth.

          They got their only win of this stretch in a 2-0 victory away at Wolves. Christian Norgaard and Toney were both on the scoresheet as they picked up a crucial three points. It was a good bounce-back performance from their two previous defeats, 3-1 at home to Man City and 3-2 away at Spurs. Although these were two games they were expected to lose, they will have been disappointed to not come away with any points given they had taken the lead in both games.

          On Monday night, Brentford suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat away at West Ham United as Jarrod Bowen scored a hat-trick for the Irons, while Emerson also got on the scoresheet - Neal Maupay and Yoane Wissa's goals for the Bees turned out to be mere consolation goals.


          In their last six games, Chelsea have won three, lost two and drawn one. Their latest game prior to their midweek clash with Leeds was the Carabao Cup final, in which they lost at the death in extra-time to a Virgil Van Dijk header.

          This came on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against Man City at the Etihad the previous weekend. They took the lead through former City winger Raheem Sterling, though went into half-time rueing missed chances. Uncharacteristically, Erling Haaland missed plenty of opportunities himself, but City eventually got the equaliser from Rodri with seven minutes to go. Earlier in the week, they travelled to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. Despite falling behind to a Jefferson Lerma strike, the Blues got back on level terms thanks to Conor Gallagher shortly after the restart. With the game heading for a draw, the Englishman stepped up again to score the winner, before Enzo Fernandez added a third.

          The pair also found the net in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Aston Villa, which they won by the same 3-1 scoreline. Nicolas Jackson was the other goalscorer on this night. This fixture followed their first defeat of this stretch, a crushing 4-2 loss at home to Wolves, though it is a result they seem to have put behind them. Cole Palmer scored the opener, but a Matheus Cunha hattrick turned it around for the visitors.

          Chelsea managed to scrape past fierce rivals Leeds United to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Mauricio Pochettino's side did it the hard way, as Conor Galagher scored a 90th-minute winner after goals from Nicolas Jackson and Mykhailo Mudryk were cancelled out by a Mateo Joseph brace.

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