|Chelsea needs to string wins together to reinforce their position on the Premier League table but Brentford also has points to prove on Saturday when they meet at the Stamford Bridge Stadium. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
The Blues went into the game against Arsenal looking for a draw and ended up feeling like they deserved more after being forced to draw.
Chelsea led 2-0 up until late into the game, but an unforced error from goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and another moment of unexplainable indecision at the back saw them lose two points, but most people would believe that if Arsenal had five more minutes, Chelsea could have lost the game.
Brentford continues to get by even in the absence of Ivan Toney, with Bryan Mbeumo and Yoan Wissa stepping up with the goals, but a trip to a seemingly resurgent Chelsea on Saturday will be the ultimate test of their strength.
Brentford on their own day can hurt anyone; they’re united, and they defend deep when they have to. It will take a spirited effort from the Blues to dismiss them, and the neutrals will enjoy this game when it kicks off on Saturday. How will they line up?
Brentford is expected to be without Mikel Damsgaard and Josh Dasilva, but Kevin Schade will face a late fitness test as he’s touch and go. Mattias Jensen has been the leading light in midfield, and he has driven things from the midfield. Chelsea must be wary of him.
Armando Broja has been ruled out of this game following a relapse of his knee problem, and captain Reece James is not yet fit to start. Malo Gusto is expected to continue at right back, while Marc Cucurella will retain his place as the right wingback.
The midfield battle will be key. The trio of Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandes, and Conor Gallagher had a great first half against Arsenal but fell off in the second, allowing Declan Rice and Jorginho to dominate, but Brentford is a different kettle of fish.
Brentford beat Burnley last time out, but they only won one of their previous four before the visit of the Clarets to the Community Stadium. One game that would hurt for a long time is that one at Old Trafford, where they led until stoppage time and still lost to two Scott McTominay goals.
Both sides have it all to do here. Chelsea has to start keeping clean sheets in games like this, but you want the visitors to get past the unsettled defense of the Blues, while Brentford must learn how to see out games on a consistent basis.