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Match Preview: Brentford B vs Chelsea U23

Bees gear up for Blues match at Jersey Road

26 March 2018

Brentford B face Chelsea U23s at Jersey Road on Tuesday 27 March 2018, kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees will be starting their 36th game of the season when they take to the field tomorrow, coming into the match on the back of two strong results in the past few weeks. 

Their previous two games saw Kevin O'Connor's side win 3-0 against Rangers in Glasgow and then 3-1 against Manchester United at Griffin Park.

In Scotland, it was a combination of Marcus Forss, Reece Cole and Bradley Clayton that earned O'Connor's boys the win with every goal coming in the first half. Cole and Forss both then scored against United at home before Ali Coote added another to his own tally.

Brentford haven't played Chelsea at this level since pre-season, when they managed to record a 2-1 victory over their London neighbours. On that day, it was Ali Coote and Justin Shaibu who netted for The Bees. The B Team have played Chelsea four times since the programme began last season; winning one, drawing two and losing one.

pre-match interview

Reece Cole spoke to iFollow last week to look ahead to this game, and gave his thoughts on the performance against Manchester United as well.

He said: "We didn't have a great start but everyone is going to make mistakes in a game and it's about how we react to it. I thought you saw after that in the next 10 or 15 minutes, we had them pinned back into their half. So it was quite a dominant performance from us.

"[The game against Chelsea] is going to be a technical game of football. They are going to hopefully try and play, which will suit us with how we press and how we act defensively off the ball. Hopefully it will be a good game for us to play in and for whoever comes to watch."

You can read his full pre-match chat (here).

player stats

Marcus Forss scored his 17th goal of the season against United, making it two in two for the Finnish striker. However, he will be missing due to his international call-up to his nation's U19 squad. He is joined by teammate Jaakko Oksanen who is also playing for the country's U19 side.

Reece Cole will be fit and ready to go, also going two for two against Rangers and Manchester United. The squad also welcomed back Swedish winger Henrik Johansson to the squad last week as he made a return to action for the first time in over a year. Surely more minutes are in order for the attacker tomorrow.

Ellery Balcombe will once again miss out as he is with England U19s, having played twice for the Three Lions already in the past few days.

Bradley Clayton is looking for appearance number 34 in O'Connor's side this season and leads those charts for games played. Theo Archibald crossed over the 2,000 minutes barrier coming on from the bench last Tuesday, becoming the sixth player to do that this season for Brentford B.

Herson Rodrigues Alves made it 50 appearances in total for the B Team as he started the United match, while Zain Westbrooke hit 60. Jarvis Edobor looks to make it 65 against Chelsea, and if so would become the all-time leading appearance maker for Brentford B.

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