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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Brentford

27 January 2017

All the key info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea vs Brentford

Saturday 28 January
Stamford Bridge
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Proper
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

Sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, it's been a fantastic campaign so far for the boys from SW6. Under Antonio Conte, Chelsea came within one win of setting a new Premier League record earlier this season after racking up 13 straight league wins before defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues have won their last nine games at home in all competitions including a 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the FA Cup Third Round earlier this month.

With Liverpool and Arsenal next up for Conte's side in the Premier League, the Italian is expected to rotate for tomorrow's match. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, Michy Batshuayi, and Willian all played against Peterborough in the last round, as did youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and they are expected to feature again with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, and Victor Moses waiting to be introduced from the bench.

The Manager

Antonio Conte's glittering career has already seen him pick up 21 pieces of silverware as a player and a manager with plenty more likely to come for the 47-year-old Italian. The majority of Conte's playing career was spent at Juventus where he made 418 appearances in 13 years. While at the heart of the Juve midfield he won five league titles, four Italian Super Cups, the Champions League, UEFA Cup, Italian Cup, Intertoto Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. He also earned 20 caps for Italy, scoring twice, and helping his nation to the 1994 World Cup Final and the 2000 European Championships final.

After retirement in 2004 he was assistant manager at Siena before becoming Head Coach at Arezzo. Despite relegation during his first season in charge, Serie B Bari appointed him as Head Coach in December 2007. He led them away from relegation during his first six months in charge and the following season they were crowned Serie B Champions. He left that summer, joining Atalanta and Siena before eventually landing the Juve job in May 2011. He led Juve to the title in all three of his seasons in charge, plus picking up two Italian Super Cups, before becoming Italian National Team coach. As Italian coach he won 14 of his 25 games in charge, leading the Azzurri to the Quarter-Finals of the 2016 European Championships, before joining Chelsea last July. 

The Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referee: Steve Child and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

Pre-match views

Dean Smith: “We will be going all-out to win the game."

Nico Yennaris: “The FA Cup is full of surprises”

Ticket news

Tickets for tomorrow's match at Stamford Bridge are sold out.

Travel News

Directions on how to get to the Stamford Bridge can be found here.

Match Betting

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Bees 12/1
Chelsea 9/50
Draw 6/1
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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

Download the new Brentford FC app on android and iPhone and get all the coverage from Griffin Park in one place. Download for free here.


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