Chelsea vs. Brentford Live Stream, Premier League: Preview, team news
Chelsea and Brentford, separated by less than 10 miles, went more than 60 years without playing each other in a competitive match, from 1947 to the FA Cup fourth round in 2013.
And then, because we missed each other so much, we played again right away after barely avoiding embarrassment in that 2-2 draw at Griffin Park (Fernando Torres, of all people, nabbed a late equalizer on a sandy pitch so bad that we even helped pay for a new one — since our Reserves and later our U21s both played there for a spell). Chelsea easily won the rematch, 4-0, which was also the scoreline of our subsequent meeting in the 2017 FA Cup fourth round.
But, for the first time since 1947, Brentford is back in the top tier, and for the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century, we play a true "West London Derby" (if you want to call it that) league match against them. Unlike our cup encounters, this one isn't supposed to be a stroll in the park — and not only because There Are No Easy Games In The Premier LeagueTM — but also because it's the first match after the next international break.
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 17.30 BST (12:30pm EDT; 10pm IST);
Brentford Community Stadium is located in Brentford, TW8. Griffin Park has been destroyed and redeveloped, and Brentford moved into their new stadium last year.
HAHAHAHA Paul Tierney (Anthony Taylor); Anthony Taylor (Anthony (VAR)
Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a risk of showers.
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Brentford FC's latest news: The industrious Bees of Thomas Frank have had a relatively easy schedule thus far, but they've taken advantage of it, losing only once (to Brighton, at home). Arsenal, Wolves, and West Ham have all won, while Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, and Liverpool have all drawn (unluckily). Only Brighton and Liverpool are presently ahead of them in the table, which is impressive given that 5th place is their best ever top-flight finish (in 1936).
Frank has been in charge since 2018 (17th longest in any of the top four divisions), having previously worked as an assistant for two years, and they've developed into a team to be feared, not just by lower-league opponents, but even by Premier League opponents. The former Denmark youth coach has helped convert Sergi Canós, Rico Henry, Josh Dasilva (no relation to former Chelsea youngster Jay Dasilva), and Ivan Toney into stars thanks to his club's "Moneyball"-style strategy (see also: Ollie Watkins, Sad Benrahma, etc.). It was also a significant coup this summer to be able to keep hold of Toney, who established a Championship record with 31 goals last season.
Dasilva, who had been a significant player for them in recent seasons, is presently rehabilitating from a "rare" hip ailment and has no timetable for his comeback, hence he is not registered to play at this time. Mads Sorensen, a center back, and Shandon Baptiste, a midfielder, are among the prominent absentees. Vitaly Janet, a key defensive midfielder, and Kristoffer Ajer, a towering defender, are anticipated to recover from recent injuries.
Chelsea team news: Thiago Silva returns late (and in semi-quarantine, which permits him to play and practice but not mingle with the rest of the world or his family), Antonio Rüdiger and Christian Pulisic are both injured, while Hakim Ziyech is listed as "doubtful."
Chelsea leads the league after surviving one of the most difficult schedules in the league thus far. The next three games before the November international break are all against the current bottom three (Norwich H, Newcastle A, Burnley H), but that simply means that we must remain totally concentrated and collect all three points every time. In what is shaping up to be a very tight title fight, Liverpool, Manchester City, and others will most likely do the same.
Previously: This will be the clubs' 17th competitive match overall, and the fourth since 1947, as previously stated. Willian, Pedro, Branislav Ivanovic, and Michy Batshuayi scored for Conte's (also) league-leading Blues in the 2017 FA Cup, which they won 4-0. (That game was begun by both César Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.)