European champions - Chelsea are the current leaders of the Premier League table with 16 points from their first seven matches of the season. However, they will need to be weary of their next opponents who are very capable of causing an upset when they face off after the international break.
The next task for the table toppers is a West London derby against Premier League newcomers Brentford FC. The 'Bees' as they are fondly called, have been punching above their weight in their debut Premier League campaign, as they currently sit in seventh place on the EPL table after 7 games played.
Thomas Frank's team are overachieving at the moment with 3 wins, 3 draws and just one loss in their opening seven fixtures. They have been outstanding away from home too as they are yet to suffer defeat on the road this term.
What has been working for Brentford so far is their incredible balance between attack and defense, they have scored 10 goals in the league and conceded just six (half of those goals came against Liverpool), while keeping three clean sheets in the process. Their goalkeeper David Raya has been very impressive in goal.
Chelsea defenders will also face a huge task to deal with the threat of their striker Ivan Toney who has been impressing since he made his debut for Brentford in the Championship last season. The 25 year old broke the record for most goals in a single championship season as he netted 33 times (plus 10 assists). Toney has started his maiden EPL campaign in fine for too with 2 goals and 2 assists to his name.
Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea team will be considered as favorites to claim all three points against the new boys but it will not be a stroll in the park for them. Like the Blues, Brentford also make use of three center backs and Chelsea have always struggled whenever they come up against teams that deploy this setup.
It will be an tough test for the Champions League holders when they visit the Brentford Community Stadium that will be packed with home fans who will be cheering their boys to victory.
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