The Premier League is back this weekend and the Blues will be making a short trip across west London for the Saturday tea-time kick-off featuring the champions of Europe Chelsea and summer arrivals Brentford.
The fixture will be Chelsea's first league visit to that part of town since 1947... As a top-flight fixture, it has had a 74-year break, but across all competitions, the Blues are unbeaten in six games against the Bees (five wins, one draw) stretching back to February 1939.
Chelsea will be going into the match in high spirit looking to continue from where they left off. Thomas Tuchel’s team finished the last round of matches as league leaders. This has been Chelsea’s 11th best start to a Premier League campaign and was last bettered under Maurizio Sarri in 2018.
Chelsea is looking to win their seventh consecutive away league London derby for the first time in the club's history.
Brentford’s last home win against the Blues was in October 1938. And hopefully, Chelsea will extend that record on Saturday. Although the Blues will be without the experienced Thiago Silva, whose match for Brazil in Uruguay did not finish until 3.30 am Friday UK time. Trevor Chalobah, Toni Rudiger and Andrea Christensen are available and ready for selection. N’Golo Kante and Reece James returned to training in midweek, it remains to be seen whether they are fully fit to play.
Romelu Lukaku returned to Cobham rather than play in Belgium’s third/fourth place Nations League match on Sunday due to ‘muscle fatigue’ but seems ready to play on Saturday as he has been training with the team.
Timo Werner will be full of confidence after notching four goals in five games for club and country. Timo Werner scored Chelsea's lead-restoring strike against Southampton when Chelsea met the south coast side.
In recent games, a boldness to break between the lines and through the middle has made the difference and morale should be high. Players such as Ruben Loftus Cheek and Kovacic will be looking to continue their midfield dominance shown against Southampton. With the return of N'golo Kante, Thomas Tuchel will have a full midfield squad to choose from.
Saturday’s hosts have rightly been praised for the way they have sailed through the first part of their maiden voyage, yet up to now their only victory on home soil came on an opening day against an ailing Arsenal.
Chelsea is unbeaten in each of the past nine home and away matches across all competitions in this 5.30 pm broadcast slot. The Blues will be hoping to maintain that record and remain at the top of the submit.
Content created and supplied by: BABAOKUX (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More