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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Brentford

All the build-up to today's West London derby

2 April 2022

We return to Premier League action this afternoon with a mouth-watering West London derby against Chelsea. The Blues head into the game on the back of six straight wins while defeat to Leicester City before the international break ended our own winning run. Get all the build-up to today's clash in SW6 below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Whatever has been going on off the field with Chelsea's ownership has not been affecting The Blues on the pitch, Thomas Tuchel's side reeling off six straight wins in three competitions last month. In fact, you have to go all the way back to mid-January for the last time Chelsea lost a game in 90 minutes, that coming away at Manchester City in the Premier League. 

In February, Tuchel's side added the FIFA World Club Cup title to their Champions League title making them the reigning European and World Champions. 

This season's Premier League title is probably out of reach - Chelsea trail Manchester City by 11 points with only one game in hand - but the men from Stamford Bridge have an FA Cup Semi-Final against Crystal Palace and a Champions League Quarter-Final against Real Madrid to look forward to this month. 

The mega-money return of Romelu Lukaku has not paid dividends so far, the Belgian striker has just five league goals to his name since his summer return to SW6. Mason Mount (eight) is Chelsea's leading Premier League scorer this term with Kai Havertz (pictured above) and Jorginho grabbing six each. 

At the other end of the pitch, Chelsea, with the impressive Edouard Mendy (pictured below) below the sticks, have conceded just 19 league goals this term, a figured only bettered by Manchester City.  

THE GAMEPLAN

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Football.London's Adam Newson told Hot Off The Press: "Since the start of the year, Tuchel has been more willing to change shape to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-2-2. That was partly forced upon him due to injuries to Reece James and Ben Chilwell, both of whom were hugely influential as wing-backs in Chelsea's 3-4-3. That James is fit for this game is a huge boost and as a result, I suspect Tuchel will go with the 3-4-3 and look to dominate in wide areas and in the half-spaces occupied by the numbers tens, who I feel are likely to be Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech"

TEAM NEWS

Josh Dasilva has served his three-match ban but is now sidelined by a minor hamstring injury while Julian Jeanvier (knee) played his first minutes of the season during the international break. Christian Eriksen and Saman Ghoddos have also both recovered from Covid-19.

Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) are out but Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Saul Niguez, and Kepa Arrizabalaga have all returned to training this week. Thiago Silva is likely to start after returning earlier than expected from Brazil's World Cup Qualifiers but Christian Pulisic is yet to train after helping the USA reach Qatar in the early hours of Thursday morning.

MATCH FACTS

  • Kai Havertz has scored four goals in his last three Premier League matches for Chelsea, as many as he had in his previous 21. The German is looking to score in four consecutive league appearances for the first time since a run of five between April and August 2019 with Bayer Leverkusen. 
  • Chelsea have won six of their seven Premier League London derbies this season, with the exception being a 3-2 defeat at West Ham. That loss accounts for all goals conceded in London derby matches for the Blues this season. 
  • Brentford are aiming for their first win in nine matches against Chelsea in all competitions (L7 D1), last beating them in 1939.
  • No side have scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League than Chelsea this season (eight), while Brentford have conceded more such goals than any other team (10). 

THE MANAGER

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Thomas Tuchel came through the academy at FC Augsburg before going pro with Stuttgarter Kickers. His time at SSV Ulm, and his career, was cut short by a knee cartilage injury at the age of 25.

Determined to stay in football, his coaching career began in the youth teams at VfB Stuttgart. After five years there, and a spell at Augsburg, he was hired as Head Coach by Mainz 05. He stabilised them in the Bundesliga during his five years in charge, earning praise for his energetic and attacking football. He was appointed to Borussia Dortmund in 2015, where he won the DFB-Pokal before leaving in 2017.

He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, where he won two league titles and took the club to their first UEFA Champions League Final. He was dismissed in December 2020 and hired by Chelsea a month later. He won the Champions League Final with The Blues last May, defeating Man City 1-0, and added the FIFA Club World Cup in February.

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Andrew Madley

Assistant Referees: Dan Cook and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

Video Assistant Referee: David Coote

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Lee Betts

Chelsea 2021/22

303 fouls – 8th in Premier League 

48 yellow cards – 13th in Premier League 

1 red card – 12th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

The recommended entrance for Brentford fans is via Stamford Gate which is nearest to the away turnstiles. 

Read our Travel Guide

HOW TO FOLLOW

Today's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

In the UK, the game will be live on Talksport and Bees Player. Brentford Women's FC Head Coach Karleigh Osborne joins Mark Burridge for live commentary from Stamford Bridge. 

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.  

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Match Reports

Chelsea 1 Brentford 4

Incredible West London derby win for Bees

2 April 2022

Before Brentford came to Stamford Bridge, only Manchester City had left victorious during the 2021/22 Premier League season, and they had conceded ten times at home in 13 matches. That record was laid to rest as Brentford scored four second half goals to record a memorable win. The Bees fell behind early in the second half but roared back to win 4-1 on a never-to-be-forgotten West London afternoon.

The final score probably does even tell the full story. Brentford were well worth a three-goal win and could arguably have scored even more, so fine was their attacking performance. Vitaly Janelt got two of the goals and Christian Eriksen scored as well. Yoane Wissa came off the substitute’s bench to add the fourth.

All the goals came in a thrilling second half, but the first was almost as entertaining. Brentford dominated the early stages without finding a way through and then had to defend well at the end of the half. The Bees fell behind to a long range strike from Antonio Rüdiger that may end up being forgotten but was the best of the afternoon. They levelled within seconds and never looked back, beating the team that currently hold the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Club Cup.

Brentford made a great start to the game and had much the better of the opening exchanges. Eriksen saw a lot of the ball in the centre of midfield and linked effectively with Janelt and Christian Nørgaard in the middle of the pitch. Mads Roerslev and Rico Henry offered support from wing back and Brentford played on the front foot.

The Bees had the first effort when Eriksen curled a free kick over from 25 yards and Brentford created chances both in open play and from set pieces. They were solid without the ball and looked to break quickly when they could. In the first 15 minutes, there were a series of chances for the visitors as Chelsea were forced to defend.

Bryan Mbeumo stormed up the pitch on the counter-attack and looked to find Ivan Toney at the far post, but the ball was just too firm. Toney recovered possession and found Eriksen in the penalty area, but he was crowded out. Chelsea tried to play out but a poor pass from goalkeeper Édouard Mendy gave Toney possession on the right side of the penalty area. Toney tried to lift the ball back over Mendy in to the net but was a fraction heavy with his effort.

Mendy saved from Toney at the near post and was on the end of another great move soon after. Roerslev, Janelt, Mbeumo and Eriksen were all involved to create space on the left for Henry. His cross was met by Toney with a header, but he could only loop it on to the roof of the net under pressure from Rüdiger.

There was still time in the opening 15 minutes for Toney to flick on a corner to the far post, but the header from Kristoffer Ajer deflected wide. A break in play to allow Mendy to get treatment gave Chelsea time to regroup and they saw a lot more of the ball in the rest of the half. N’Golo Kanté was busier in midfield and was able to work with the ball as well as without it. Mason Mount fired wide from 20 yards and was increasingly influential in the inside right channel.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek strode from midfield before firing straight at David Raya. Mount then fired low at Raya when he was picked out by a delightful Kanté pass. Rüdiger smashed a shot well wide from distance before Mount found Hakim Ziyech on the left and he cut inside before letting fly with an effort that Raya had to tip over the crossbar.

Chelsea ended the first half in the ascendency and almost grabbed the lead at the end of it. Raya came to meet an inswinging corner under pressure from Kai Havertz. The ball looped up and Marcos Alonso had a header deflect on to the roof of the net. Brentford cleared the resulting corner and got to the break level.

The first half had been entertaining and fiercely contested with Brentford starting better and Chelsea ending with the upper hand. But it could not prepare anyone for the crazy scenes in the first 15 minutes of the second half as Brentford came from behind to lead 3-1. It was a sensational period of the game that will be long remembered.

Chelsea had already gone close before they opened the scoring as Pontus Jansson had to make a block from Alonso, when he met a cross at the far post. Moments later there was nothing anyone could do as Rüdiger let fly. He stepped out of the inside left channel and his shot from 30 yards swerved in, so it cannoned the post and nestled in the back of the net. Raya was full stretch to his right but could not get across and Chelsea were in front.

That could have rocked Brentford, who did not deserve to be behind. Instead, they responded brilliantly. The Bees could have levelled when Janelt found Mbeumo on the edge of the penalty area. There was a shot on the swivel, but it lacked the power to test Mendy.

Seconds later, Brentford were level. The ball was played forward and Toney chested it down. The next pass, from Nørgaard, found Mbeumo on the edge of the penalty area and he slipped it to his left. Janelt stepped on to it and smashed a shot hight past Mendy to his right. The goalkeeper had no chance and Brentford were level.

This time Chelsea had to respond, and they went on the attack. A Janelt pass was intercepted, and Chelsea broke away. Havertz put Werner in on goal, but Ajer came from nowhere to make a block and concede a corner. That should have been a chance for the hosts, instead it was Brentford that scored.

The corner was cleared and Mbeumo got away from Ziyech, having too much pace and power for the Chelsea man. Mbeumo stormed down the pitch and cut the ball back to Eriksen, who lifted it first time over Mendy and in to the net. Brentford had come from behind to shock Chelsea with two goals in five minutes, but that wasn’t the end of it.

The pace of the game refused to let up and a Werner header at the far post was blocked. Loftus-Cheek then missed the target with a header from a corner that allowed Brentford some respite. But The Bees were committed to attack and went flying forward.

Toney won Raya’s clearance and Mbeumo got on to the ball, returning the pass. Toney released Janelt darting in behind and he only had Mendy to beat. Janelt lifted the ball over Mendy and in to the net. Mendy got a hand to it but could not keep it out and Brentford had scored three times in ten minutes to turn the game on its head.

Chelsea were never likely to lie down and started to throw everything forward. Raya saved a shot from Kanté before he was replaced, and Chelsea had the ball in the net soon after. Havertz controlled a free kick from Reece James before firing it low past Raya from close range. Referee Andrew Madley spotted a handball from the Chelsea man and that was confirmed by Video Assistant Referee David Coote so the goal was ruled out.

Raya saved a deflected shot from Rüdiger, but the Brentford goalkeeper then saw his clearance charged down by Havertz. Fortunately for Brentford, the ball bounced wide of the target. Chelsea should have pulled one back when the ball was won in midfield and Mateo Kovačić put Havertz in behind. He only had Raya to beat and slotted it wide of the Brentford goalkeeper, but also past the post.

Kovačić then shot well over and Havertz headed wide but there were also chances for The Bees, who were still looking to attack. Toney had a shot deflected wide and then met the resulting corner with a header that was blocked. Nørgaard saw a shot blocked and a Janelt header deflected wide as chances continued to come.

Havertz nodded wide for the hosts before a shot from Rüdiger was blocked. The ball was recycled, and the Chelsea goal scored had another go, this time pulling it well wide. Kovačić had a shot blocked for Chelsea, as did Lukaku, but by that point Brentford were 4-1 up.

The goal was scored by substitute Wissa, who had only been on two minutes and may not have touched the ball prior to scoring. A free kick was played shot and Nørgaard bent it in. Ethan Pinnock won the aerial challenge and Chelsea could not clear. Wissa reacted first and drilled a shot across Mendy and in to the far corner to make sure there was no way back for Chelsea.

There was still time for Ajer to flick a near post corner over the crossbar as Brentford went looking for a fifth. That did not come before Mr Madley brought the game to a close, but it did not matter. Brentford had come to Stamford Bridge and won the Premier League’s West London derby, and fully deserved it.

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rüdiger, Alonso (sub James 55 mins); Mount, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté (sub Lukaku 64 mins); Ziyech,Havertz, Werner (sub Kovačić 64 mins)

Subs (not used): Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Jorginho, Saúl, Barkley, Sarr

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Eriksen, Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Jensen 81 mins), Henry (sub Canós 88 mins); Toney, Mbeumo (sub Wissa 85 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Bech, Zanka, Ghoddos, Fosu, Baptiste

Attendance: 39,061

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Ticket News

Last tickets for trip to Chelsea available at Box Office

Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1,100+ TAPS will be able to purchase their tickets for this fixture at our stadium at 3pm today

25 March 2022

The last remaining tickets in our allocation for our away match against Chelsea, taking place on Saturday 2 April (3pm kick-off), will go on sale at 3pm today, Friday 25 March. Due to having very limited availability of tickets and a short time to distribute them to fans, these will be on sale at our Box Office. Season Ticket Holders and Premium Seat Holders with 1,100+ TAPs are eligible to purchase. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to availability.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the Box Office in person, you can book your ticket by phone on 0333 005 8521 and collect at our Box Office by Friday 1 April.

Given that we have already sent out most tickets, please note that we will be unable to take requests to sit next to friends and family who have already been assigned tickets.

Please see our club statement here for more information about the updated licence issued by the Government.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,600+TAPs: Monday 7 March, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 10 March

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Monday 7 March, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 10 March
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,000+ TAPs: Thursday 24 March at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,100+ TAPs (subject to availability): Friday 25 March at 3pm (only available in person at the Box Office, one per person, subject to availability)
Please see here for more information on the Chelsea v Brentford ticketing allocation.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 15 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
20-64
Seniors
65 and over

Juniors
Under 20

Standard £30 £23.50 £23.50

All wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled tickets may have a free ticket for their personal assistant. All disabled/ambulant pricing is to be charged at their relevant rates.

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Those under the age of 14 will NOT be permitted entry to the Ground unless accompanied by a person over 18 years.

Tickets for this fixture are available in both the Upper and Lower Tiers of the Shed end.

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 12.30pm - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £25 £15

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 29 March.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • Open 2 hours 30 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays until half time, then open for 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture)
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

Please note, the entire away area at Stamford Bridge is designated a safe standing area and supporters will have an allocated position that they must occupy.

Bag policy

No bags larger than A4 will be permitted into the stadium. This equates to 30cm x 20cm x 10cm, about the size of a standard handbag. Due to lack of space, baggage deposit facilities will not be available and supporters are stongly advised not to bring any bags to Stamford Bridge. 

SUPPORTER CHARTER   

More information can be found online here.

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