Chelsea will return to the Premier League this weekend with a trip to fit Brentford with several injury issues.
Thomas Tuchel’s side enter the top of this weekend’s game standings, but the Bees are undefeated in their last three top-level games, winning two.
Chelsea have met Brentford twice in recent years and have won both matches convincingly 4-0 in every FA Cup game in 2013 and 2017.
However, the two teams have not met in the league since a 2-0 victory for the Blues in March 1947.
The West London Derby has many storylines surrounding it and should be an intriguing game.
Brentford v Chelsea: talkSPORT commentary
This Premier League clash will kick off at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16.
Full coverage of the Brentford Community Stadium will be live exclusively on talkSPORT, with our pre-match prep starting at 5pm.
Dan Windle will be your presenter and comments will come from Joe Shennan and former England defender Alvin Martin.
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Brentford v Chelsea: team news
The hosts have no new issues to face, with Yoane Wissa hoping for his first league start after picking up a late winner against West Ham.
Meanwhile, Josh Dasilva and Mads Bech Sorensen remain two long-time absentees from Thomas Frank’s side.
Chelsea entered the October break with a 3-1 win over Southampton with Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic all missing.
And the Blues are now sweating on the physical form of Romelu Lukaku after his withdrawal from the Belgian team following an injury.
The former Inter Milan striker was forced to give up the third and fourth Nations League play-offs against Italy on Sunday.
Antonio Rudiger is also uncertain after missing Germany’s World Cup qualifying game against North Macedonia due to back problems.
However, there is more positive news on Kante and James following the pair’s return to training at the Cobham Blues base this week.
Brentford vs Chelsea: Facts about the game
- Brentford are winless in their last six meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L5) since a 3-1 away win in February 1939. It is the first league meeting between the two teams since a victory 2-0 for the Blues in March 1947.
- Chelsea have won their last two meetings with Brentford by a score of 4-0, both appearing in the FA Cup (February 2013 and January 2017).
- Brentford have already drawn with Crystal Palace and have beaten both Arsenal and West Ham this season. They are the first team in Premier League history to go unbeaten in each of their first three London derby matches in the competition.
- Chelsea have won each of their last six London away derbies in the Premier League and could become the first team in English Football League history (first four levels) to win seven consecutive matches.
- Brentford have won seven of their nine top-tier matches against teams starting the day at the top of the table (L2), with this first such match since January 1947 (4-1 v Wolves). The Bees’ 78% win rate against the league leaders is the best of any club in the history of England’s top flight.
- Chelsea have lost just one of their 12 away Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel (W8 D3), having lost four of their last five on the road to Frank Lampard. The Blues have kept six clean sheets in this race, scoring seven goals in total.
- Chelsea have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season (15.3%), as well as the best difference between goals scored (15) and goals expected (11.8 – +3.2). On the other hand, Chelsea have the best difference between goals conceded (3) and goals expected against (8.6) in the Premier League this quarter (5.6).
- Chelsea have had more different scorers than any other Premier League team so far this season (12, own own goals). Only Arsenal in 2009-10 had more different scorers in their first seven games of a Premier League campaign (13).
- Yoane Wissa has scored five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions for Brentford, averaging one goal every 47 minutes for the Bees this season. Of all the Premier League players in all competitions this season, only Marcus Forss (37) and Cameron Archer (46) have a better minute-per-goal rate than the Congolese striker, although neither of those players have scored in the Premier League so far. .
- Chelsea’s Timo Werner scored his first goal in 10 Premier League games against Southampton last time around. The German has only scored once in consecutive league games for the Blues, in November 2020.