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            Chelsea vs Brentford Preview, Tips & Stats

            Chelsea host Brentford at Stamford Bridge in a West London derby this Saturday. Both sides have had a disappointing start to the season and will be looking for a win to really kick-start their attempt to climb the table.

            Chelsea currently sit tenth in the Premier League after nine games. The Blues have three wins, three draws and three losses so far, leaving them on 12 points, already eight points behind the Champions League spots.

            In their last five games in all competitions, Chelsea have three wins, a draw and a loss. The one loss came back in September against Aston Villa. Following Malo Gusto’s straight red card early in the second half, Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa took home the 1 - 0 win. In the Third round of the League Cup, Chelsea hosted Brighton. Nicolas Jackson scored the only goal of the game to give Chelsea the 1 - 0 win despite having just 39% of the possession and just nine shots.

            In another West London derby, Chelsea made the short trip to Fulham. Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja scored within just a minute of each other in the first half, in a 2 - 0 lead that Chelsea would protect until full time, despite yet again having less of the possession. Wilson Odobert opened the scoring for Burnley in the 15th minute, but Chelsea were level at halftime thanks to an own goal from Ameen Al-Dakhil. A penalty from Cole Palmer and goals from Raheem Sterling and Jackson rounded out a 4 - 1 win for Chelsea.

            The last time out for Chelsea was against Arsenal. Another penalty from Palmer and a goal from Mudryk put Chelsea into an unlikely 2 - 0 lead. However, a mistake from Robert Sanchez gave Declan Rice a scoring opportunity and a goal from Leandro Trossard meant that the game finished 2 - 2.

            Brentford, on the other hand, currently sit 14th after nine games. The Bees have two wins, four draws and three losses. This leaves them on ten points, just six points above the relegation zone.

            In their last five games in all competitions, Brentford have one win, one draw and three losses. Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton an early lead in the sixth minute, but Mathias Jensen equalised for Brentford before halftime. However, goals from James Tarkowski and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton the 3 - 1 win. In the Third round of the League Cup, Brentford faced Arsenal. Reiss Nelson scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute to give Arsenal the 1 - 0 win.

            The one draw came against a ten man Nottingham Forest. Just minutes after Moussa Niakhate was sent off Christian Norgaard opened the scoring in the second half, but within ten minutes, Nicolas Dominguez equalised for Forest. However, despite being a man up, Brentford could not find a winner and had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw. Jensen scored yet again for Brentford, but late heroics from Scott McTominay, including two goals in extra time, gave Manchester United a 2 - 1 win.

            The last outing for Brentford was against Burnley. Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo and Saman Ghoddos all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Brentford over ten man Burnley, who had Connor Roberts sent off late on.

            Chelsea and Brentford have met just 19 times in their histories, despite the first meeting coming all the way back in 1935. The Blues have ten wins in the fixture in comparison to The Bees’ six wins, with the other three games ending in a draw.

            Chelsea Team News

            Mauricio Pochettino still has his long laundry list of injuries, but in positive news, Reece James was able to return to football with a substitute appearance against Arsenal.

            Brentford Team News

            Thomas Frank also has a long list of injuries, including the likes of Keane Lewis-Potter, Mikkel Damsgaard, Shandon Baptiste, Joshua Dasilva, Kevin Schade and Rico Henry. However, Aaron Hickey will be able to return after his suspension for five yellow cards.

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