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Match Preview: Brentford vs Chelsea

All the build-up to this evening's West London derby

16 October 2021

For the second home game running, the side topping the Premier League at the start of the weekend are the visitors to the Brentford Community Stadium. There's added spice to this evening's game as it is our near neighbours Chelsea who make the short trip down the A4. Get all the build-up to our first league meeting with The Blues in 74 years below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea were one of the pre-season title favourites and they've shown nothing in the early weeks of the season to give those who backed them any real reason for concern. 

The reigning European Champions have been misely in defence, conceding just three goals in their seven league outings to date. The numbers suggest they have been running a little hot defensively but a backline that has included Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and César Azpilicueta will always pose a formidible test for opponents. 

Going forward there have been concerns over the form and fitness of Romelu Lukaku (pictured above). The Belgian frontman scored four in his first four following his big-money summer move but then hasn't found the net in his last five. Despite that, Chelsea have been very efficient in front of goal so far this term. Behind Spurs they have the second-best ratio of shots to shots on target and have found the back of the net with every 2.5 shots on target. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press football.london's Adam Newson, said: "Personally, I think [Tuchel] will go with the tried and trusted 3-4-2-1 system. Edou Mendy, who has established himself as one of Europe's finest goalkeepers, will be between the posts and I think the back three will consist of Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rudiger. Reece James, fitness permitting, is likely to be used at right wing-back while Ben Chilwell should keep his place on the opposite flank as he slowly rediscovers his best form. As highlighted above, I think Kante will start and potentially alongside Loftus-Cheek. Mount was missed while out injured so I suspect he'll return on the right of the attack with Werner (pictured above) supporting Lukaku from the left. 

TEAM NEWS

Mads Bech (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip), and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) are all out but Thomas Frank should have both Kristoffer Ajer and Vitaly Janelt back after they missed our win at West Ham. 

Chelsea have a number of issues to deal with. Thiago Silva is out, having played in Brazil's World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay less than 36 hours ago. Antonio Rudiger (back), Christian Pulisic (ankle), and Hakim Ziyech (headache) were all ruled out by Thomas Tuchel as well but Romelu Lukaku is set to feature despite withdrawing from the Belgium duty with muscle fatigue. 

MATCH STATS

  • Brentford have won seven of their nine top-flight matches against sides starting the day top of the table (L2), with this their first such match since January 1947 (4-1 v Wolves). The Bees’ win-rate of 78 per cent against league leaders is the best of any club in English top-flight history.
  • Chelsea have won each of their last six away London derbies in the Premier League, and could become the first team in English Football League history (top four tiers) to win seven such matches in a row.
  • Brentford are the first team in Premier League history to remain unbeaten in their first three London derbies, having beaten both Arsenal and West Ham United and drawn with Crystal Palace. 
  • Chelsea have had more different goalscorers than any other Premier League side this season (12, excl. own goals). Only Arsenal in 2009/10 have had more different goalscorers in their first seven matches of a Premier League campaign (13).

THE MANAGER

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Thomas Tuchel was a professional player who 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 their stay 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 2020 and was hired by Chelsea in January. He won the Champions League Final with The Blues a few months later, defeating Man City 1-0.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Thomas Tuchel told chelseafc.com: “They will be ready to over-perform. This is what they do in every single game, and if you arrive for a London derby in a Premier League game, not a cup game or friendly, these clubs are ready to over-perform.

"The spectators, the coach, the players are all ready to over-perform. The good thing is we know this, and we are ready. We cannot be surprised. 

"If we are aware mentally then we have good chance to win this game because we have certain qualities, but we have to match the enthusiasm, confidence and motivation they have for 90-plus minutes. They will not give us anything

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn

Fourth official: Simon Hooper

VAR: Paul Tierney

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Chelsea 21/22

72 fouls - Sixth in Premier League

8 yellow cards - Second Fewest in Premier League

1 red card - Joint-Most in Premier League 

MATCHDAY INFO

There will no trains stopping at Kew Bridge, Brentford or Chiswick stations on Saturday while the M4 is closed all weekend between Junction 4B and 3.

In line with recent Premier League guidance, we will be conducting a limited number of COVID-19 status spot checks at our upcoming home games – including at the Chelsea game

HOW TO FOLLOW

This evening's game is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 5pm and around the world on the Premier League's host broadcasters.

iFollow match passes are also available as Jonathan Douglas joins Mark Burridge for live commentary.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

Single goal hands Brentford derby defeat

16 October 2021

A goal from Ben Chilwell at the end of the first half was enough to give Chelsea three points and leave Brentford with nothing from the Premier League West London derby. The visitors struck in the final minute of the first period and held on as Brentford fought back after the break. Bryan Mbeumo hit the post twice as The Bees pressed for a point without success.

Brentford will be disappointed they did not take anything from the game. The first half saw few chances, but The Bees hit the post before Chilwell struck the only goal of the game late. The last half hour was all Brentford, but they could not find a way through, and Chelsea took the win.

There was no real pattern to the game in the early stages. Chelsea were on the front foot in the first minutes and found some space in midfield. They almost exploited it when Ruben Loftus-Cheek was able to weave through, Timo Werner looked as if he had found space in the penalty area, but Mathias Jensen made a recovery tackle and the danger was averted.

The visitors, who started the day at the top of the Premier League table, had most of the ball in the opening exchanges. They looked to get wing backs Chilwell and César Azpilicueta high up the pitch to stretch the Brentford back line. It also forced Sergi Canós and Rico Henry, playing wide for The Bees, back in to defensive roles. Romelu Lukaku lashed a free kick over from distance, but Chelsea did not create much with their possession in the first half hour.

Brentford varied their play in the first half hour of the contest. They played in to midfield when they could, albeit they occasionally played in to difficulty at times, but were also happy to look to play it in behind Chelsea for Mbeumo to run on to. The Bees also won some set pieces, which enabled them to test Chelsea, and the first real moment of note started with a long throw.

The Bees worked it short and Zanka delivered a cross that was met by Ivan Toney, but his header deflected wide. The corner was half cleared by Chelsea, but only as far as Canós. The cross to the far post was met by Ethan Pinnock, his header was nodded by Christian Nørgaard in to the path of Mbeumo, the shot from ten yards beat Édouard Mendy but cannoned off the post.

Brentford tried to keep Chelsea penned in, but Pontus Jansson was unable to get to the ball as it flew around the penalty area and the visitors broke away at speed, taking defenders out of the equation. Werner sped away down the left, drew Henry and was able to get away from him to deliver a cross that Lukaku placed past David Raya and in to the net. Fortunately for Brentford, the flag of Assistant Referee Adam Nunn was raised, and Video Assistant Referee Paul Tierney confirmed the decision was the correct one.

A mad 15 seconds when both teams could have scored was as close as either came until the dying seconds of the half. A Mateo Kovačić free kick deflected wide off a defensive wall and Werner got on to a half cleared cross to steer a shot over from the edge of the penalty area. At the other end, Nørgaard won possession deep in Chelsea territory but the cross-cum-shot from Mbeumo was held by Mendy.

Just when it looked like the game would reach the interval all square, Chelsea struck. The visitors got men in to attacking areas and worked an overload on the right. N’Golo Kanté set up Azpilicueta for a cross that was half cleared and reached Chilwell on the edge of the area. He steadied himself and fired a shot past Raya and in to the net.

There was still time for Brentford to push forward and look for a response before the break. The Bees won a free kick and Jensen crossed for Toney, but his header was blocked, and Referee Anthony Taylor decided that was the end of the half. Chelsea had the first sight of goal after the restart when Kovačić got on to a half cleared corner but blasted it over the top.

There was little action in either penalty area at the start of the second half. Chelsea continued to have most of the ball, but they mostly played in front of Brentford’s defence. Kanté almost opened Brentford up with a run from deep but the resulting shot from Werner was blocked by Pinnock. Lukaku smashed the loose ball over the bar from an offside position.

Brentford had forced Chelsea in to some desperate defending when Henry found Canós from a half-cleared corner. Canós chipped a cross to the far post and it took a header at full stretch from Malang Sarr to prevent a free header. Brentford were looking for a leveller and when they made a pair of attacking substitutions, they swung the game in their favour.

Marcus Forss came on for Frank Onyeka to supplement Brentford’s attacking options and Saman Ghoddos followed, replacing Canós as a right wing back. The last 20 minutes was Brentford pour forward, throwing men in to the penalty area. The Bees put a series of balls in to the penalty area, forcing Chelsea back and testing their back line.

It took a superb save high to his left from Mendy to keep out a Toney shot when Pinnock had flicked a long throw in to his path. Forss then fed a Nørgaard pass in to the on running Mbeumo. The shot beat Mendy this time, but cannoned away off the post, the woodwork denying Mbeumo, and Brentford, for the second time.

Forss and Ghoddos saw shots blocked as the last ten minutes approached and Chelsea stood firm. But they were rocking. A Toney cross reached the far post and Ghoddos got around the back, he got a shot away, but Mendy blocked it and kept his team in front. The ball bobbled around, Nørgaard found space to flick it towards goal but Trevor Chalobah smashed it off the line.

Nørgaard had another shot blocked as the minutes ticked down but Mendy was turning in to the game’s key man. Pinnock headed a cross down and Jansson fired it towards goal, only for Mendy to make himself big and keep it out. Ghoddos had a shot blocked in stoppage time and Mendy denied Brentford again. A Pinnock cross reached Nørgaard inside the area, he managed to fire in an overhead effort that Mendy pushed over the bar. Chelsea cleared the late set pieces and got their win.

Brentford: Raya; Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Ghoddos 72 mins), Onyeka (sub Forss 66 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Roerslev, Ajer, Thompson, Maghoma, Bidstrup, Goode

Bookings: Canós (32 mins)

Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Sarr; Azpilicueta (sub, Kanté, Loftus-Cheek, Kovačić (sub Mount 65 mins), Chilwell; Lukaku (sub Havertz 77 mins), Werner

Subs (not used): Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Jorginho, Saúl, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, James

Bookings: Kovačić (18 mins)

Attendance: 16,940 (1,725 away fans)

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Ticket News

Chelsea tickets on sale at 2pm today

All My Bees Members who have not yet purchased will be able to buy their own ticket for our home game against Chelsea at 2pm today

20 September 2021

The Bees welcome fellow West London side, Chelsea to Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday 16 October (5.30pm kick-off). All My Bees Members who have not yet purchased will be able to buy their Match Ticket at 2pm today by logging into their ticketing account. Tickets are subject to availability and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. As per our pledge at the start of the season, 100 Tickets will be available from the Box Office only.    

My Bees Members can buy one ticket per Member and up to six tickets per transaction using our ‘Friends and Family’ functionality.

Get ready to buy your tickets at 2pm

Advanced notice of engineering works 

South Western Railway have planned engineering works on the line on Saturday 16 October (between Barnes and Feltham) which will impact supporters at the Chelsea game. Rail replacement buses will be in operation but fans are advised to plan ahead and consider all alternative transport routes.

ON SALE DATES

  • My Bees Members with 1100+ TAPs: Monday 13 September, 2pm (one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 15 September
    First Allocation: 50% of the total home Match Tickets
  • My Bees Members with 850+ TAPs: Wednesday 15 September, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 20 September.
    The remaining tickets from the First Allocation

  • All My Bees Members: Monday 20 September, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability) (The remaining 50 per cent of all home Match Tickets)

    100 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only. 

    100 Match Tickets will be offered in pairs via an under 18 Lucky Dip (similar to the process we successfully operated at the 2021 Championship Play-Off Final and our home Arsenal fixture). Successful Members will be contacted by the Box Office to buy two Match Tickets (including one for a parent/guardian Member).
Members need to log in to their ticketing account to get their priority access. Tickets are sold in line with current Government guidance - should that guidance change ahead of the fixture, all bookings are subject to alteration and we shall contact affected supporters as soon as possible.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

U18s
Dugout £60 £50 £50 £50
Band A+ £50 £40 £40 £15
Band A £45 £35 £35 £15
Band B £40 £30 £30 £15
Family Area £30 £20 £20 £10
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or in person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • 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.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
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.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

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

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Season Ticket Holders who forget their Brentford Card will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Box Office. Valid ID must be shown and an admin cost of £10 applies.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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