Brentford will end 12 days without a match when they return to action on Wednesday night. The Bees have had Premier League games against Manchester United and Southampton postponed in the last week. Their next fixture will be a Carabao Cup Quarter Final tie against Chelsea.
The Bees will host the last eight game on Wednesday night, 22 December. The match will kick-off at 7.45pm in our new stadium. It will be Chelsea's second visit to our home this season. They won the first match 1-0 with a first half goal from Ben Chilwell.
The Bees reached this stage by overcoming Stoke City 2-1 in October. Sergi Canós put The Bees in front before Ivan Toney scored what proved to be the winner. The Bees have previously beaten Forest Green Rovers, 3-1 in the Second Round, and Oldham Athletic, 7-0 in the Third Round, to reach the last eight.
It is only the second time in the Club's history that The Bees will play a last eight tie in the competition. The other time was last season when Brentford beat Newcastle United 1-0 thanks to a Josh Dasilva goals. The Bees then lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.
Chelsea joined the competition at the Third Round stage and have been taken to penalties in both their ties. The first was a 4-3 win over Aston Villa after a 1-1 draw in normal time. The Blues then needed spot-kicks again after securing the same 1-1 scoreline against Southampton, Kepa Arrizabalaga the hero once more in a 4-3 shoot-out win.
The Blues have won this competition five times, lastly in 2015. They have also been runners-up on three further occasions. They, like Brentford, were knocked out by Tottenham last season in another penalty shoot-out.
Unlike Brentford, Chelsea have been able to play their last two fixtures. They drew 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon, which followed a 1-1 draw with Everton on Thursday. That leaves them third in the Premier League table.
Chelsea are currently six points behind leaders Manchester City, who have pulled clear in recent weeks. Chelsea were top after 14 games, having won ten of them. But they lost to West Ham United on the first Saturday in December and have taken five points from their last four matches.
With a lot of games postponed, Brentford have remained static in the centre of the Premier League table. The Bees are 12th, with 20 points from 16 games, below Crystal Palace on goal difference but above Brighton and Hove Albion on the same differential. Brentford are in a group of six teams separated by just three points.
Tickets have sold out. Full ticket information can be seen here. The match will not be live on UK TV but Brentford fans can listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here. It may be available for fans overseas.