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Chelsea's clash with Brentford will be a different tale from the last time they met

Brentford might be a newly promoted side but they have been punching above their weight in the early parts of the season and could be on to something special in the EPL this season. They have stood their ground against whichever team they faced so far, be it Arsenal, Liverpool or West Ham - they lost none of those matches.

Chelsea will be everyone's favorite to walk away from Saturday’s encounter with the three points but it will be far from a stroll in the park, just like it was the last both teams met five years ago.

Chelsea and Brentford don't are not regular opponents, heavily due to the fact that Brentford are making their maiden appearance in the English Premier League. The two times they played each other came in the FA Cup and Chelsea advanced on both occasions.

The last time they played, was in January 2017 in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were comfortable winners by 4 goals to nil thanks to goals from Willian, Pedro, Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi.

The Bees came into that match as a Championship mid-table club against Antonio Conte’s side that would eventually go on to lift the Premier League that season.

However, it is set to be a much tighter affair when they face off at the Brentford Community stadium on Saturday evening. Frank Thomas's side are currently unbeaten in the three London derbies they have played so far against Arsenal, Crystal Palace draw and West Ham (2 wins and one draw).

This time around, it will be the Bees with the advantage of playing at home with their stadium packed full with supporters who will be cheering them to victory on the day.

I wouldn't put it past Brentford to cause an upset against the European champions come Saturday. They are a well drilled team at the back and will suffocate the Chelsea attackers with their 3-at-the-back system which has worked to good effect for them so far.

Thomas Tuchel and his boys will also have to be weary of the duo of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo up front. Both players have a telepathic understanding between them and are have their individual strengths that can hurt Chelsea's injury-hit back line.

Christensen, Chalobah and Azpilicueta will face a difficult task of keeping those two quiet with Toney's super strength and Mbuemo's speed and clever movement.

Chelsea stand a risk of losing their spot at the top of the table this weekend and their West London rivals will be responsible for it.

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