Sun 17 Feb 2013 12:00 (Attendance: 40,961)
The Blues are aiming to get the better of the Bees at the second time of asking. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton re-examine this west London affair…
The rest of round four may have been a bonfire of the vanities of Aston Villa, Liverpool, Norwich, QPR and Tottenham but Chelsea lived to fight again on Sunday only thanks to Fernando Torres's late strike.
Brentford's task in adding the FA Cup holders to that toll on Sunday at Stamford Bridge is a formidable one. Only once in 14 years of the tournament have the Blues not contested the fifth round.
Last season Championship Birmingham earned a draw at the Bridge that was followed up with a 2-0 success at St Andrew's en route to winning the trophy. In the third round of 2008/09, another FA Cup-winning season, League One Southend forced a replay that the Blues won 4-1 at Roots Hall. Second-tier Watford held Claudio Ranieri's Blues in 2004, only to go down 4-0 in the second game at the Bridge.
The last lower league team to beat Chelsea in a replay in this competition were Millwall in 1995, 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on the Fulham Road.
It has been a year for the felling of Premier League timber - just six others made it into the fifth-round draw. One more will definitely progress no further as Manchester United have been pitted against Reading. Luton Town are only the seventh non-league club to have made it this far since World War Two.
All of which should have the surviving top-flight sides very excited. No team below the elite level has lifted the silverware since West Ham in 1980, victors over Arsenal.
It will be a fantastic occasion for Brentford's fans who fill the Shed End on Sunday for our first competitive meeting at Stamford Bridge for over 66 years. Their valiant players earned a mid-season break in Dubai to recharge the batteries after pushing the Blues all the way.
Since then they have lost to Yeovil, drawn with Bury and beaten Stevenage to stand sixth in League One, well within a tilt at the play-offs. Chelsea have drawn at Reading, lost at Newcastle and beaten Wigan and Sparta Prague.
There has to be a victor on Sunday. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties.
This is the only tie left over from the fourth round - everyone else in cup action this weekend will play a fifth-round tie.
The winners of our game will play Middlesbrough in the fifth round at the Riverside on Wednesday 27 February.
The draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals is on Sunday at approx. 17.55 on FATV, ITV and ESPN, with the ties to be played on the weekend of 9/10 March. Should Chelsea beat Brentford we will share the ball number eight with Middlesbrough.
The full list is as follows:
1 Huddersfield Town or Wigan Athletic
2 MK Dons or Barnsley
3 Oldham Athletic or Everton
4 Luton Town or Millwall
5 Arsenal or Blackburn Rovers
6 Manchester City or Leeds United
7 Manchester United or Reading
8 Middlesbrough or Brentford or Chelsea
FA Cup fifth round fixtures
Luton v Millwall 12.45pm - ESPN
Arsenal v Blackburn 3pm
MK Dons v Barnsley 3pm
Oldham v Everton 6pm - ITV1
Chelsea v Brentford 12pm - ITV1 (fourth round replay)
Manchester City v Leeds 2pm - ESPN
Huddersfield v Wigan 3.55pm - ITV1
Manchester United v Reading 8pm - ESPN
Barclays Premier League fixture
Liverpool v Swansea 3pm
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There are still some seats in hospitality areas available for the game.
The first west London derby at Stamford Bridge between our two sides in seven decades will decide who will find themselves three steps from Wembley. Former Blues winger Clive Walker hopes it's Chelsea.
'The team have to learn lessons from the first away game. The fact that it was a 2-2 draw against a League One side is all the proof you need that mistakes were made.
'Brentford were a matter of minutes from turfing the holders out of the FA Cup and I am sure their manager will be reminding them how close they were ahead of this replay.
'It was not a great pitch at Griffin Park because of the heavy rain and snow and they adapted better than we did.
'When you're playing a lower league side you know you have the better quality and they are more likely to make mistakes. Errors hurt you most at the back and if you put the ball in their court they will slip up more than you.
'In the first game Chelsea didn't work the ball into the final third quickly enough - lots of tentative square passing that was not suited to the playing surface. Brentford are not at the level they are by accident though they are not mugs, but it was sheer drive and adrenalin that was getting them to the first and second ball before our lads.
'I covered the Prague game and the centre of defence still looked a little vulnerable. We look susceptible to movement and searching balls and Uwe Rösler, the Brentford manager, will know that.
'In my career at Woking I remember in 1996 we played Coventry City in the FA Cup third round when we were in the Conference and they were Premier League. We took 5,000 fans to Highfield Road and drew 1-1.
'The replay was midweek, a winter evening match at our little non-league ground. Apparently - we found out afterwards - they were petrified about losing. As it happened they beat us 2-1 with a late own goal - what a gutting way to go out.
'We were very unfortunate and their edginess was highlighted to us after the final whistle. Our goalie had had a few words with their skipper Gary McAllister and at the end McAllister bundled into our dressing room to continue the row. They were still rattled and he lost the plot. That's how the cup gets to people.
'Gordon Strachan had been in the manager's job a few weeks and he told me years later it was one of the worst ever games for him.
'Rösler will be instilling in his players the thought that they were seven minutes away from beating usand that they can go one better on Sunday. But not all players have the confidence to take that on board - that they can beat the European champions over 180 minutes. Some won't believe it and will not be able to perform to the same level as before.
'At Griffin Park their midfield worked very hard and moved the ball forward well, causing problems. Adam Forshaw and Jonathon Douglas did a great job and ran themselves into the ground.
'Clayton Donaldson fed sub Tom Adeyemi almost unchallenged for the penalty awarded and Chelsea will be looking to avoid that type of scenario. Paul Hayes scored at the Bridge when he was with Scunthorpe during the José Mourinho era, though we eventually came back to win 3-1. So they are far from toothless. Their keeper Simon Moore will also be hoping he is as secure as in the first match.
'Of course the circumstances are different. It's our pitch, our fans, and it will be intimidating to them - they may feel their lifetime's chance has passed. The surprise element has gone.
'The pitch was difficult and only Oscar really dealt with it for us with that great dribbled goal, - similar to the one at Prague. Petr Cech's presence will make a big difference in this game, and Demba Ba had an impact, setting up Fernando Torres's late equaliser.
'This will have pleased Rafa Benitez no end because it gives him more choices over, as ever, a busy schedule. After this we face Sparta at home on Thursday, then a massive game away to Man City next Sunday.
'We have to respect Brentford but the manager will want to field strong sides against our Europa League and Premier League opponents. John Terry may well start today and there is likely to be some experience as well as a run out for less regular players. Ryan Bertrand, Marko Marin and Yossi Benayoun are in the running for places, as are the Nigerians.
'The likes of Nathan Ake and George Saville deserve some time on the pitch but perhaps not until, hopefully, a few Chelsea goals have gone in.
'Whoever plays, there are no excuses not to be on the mark. We should finish this sort of game very quickly with the right mental attitude.'
Squad fitness news
Only Oriol Romeu (knee) is unavailable for Chelsea. Brentford have no fresh injury concerns. Striker Farid El-Alagui and midfielder Kevin O'Connor have long-term injuries.
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Brentford meet for only the 13th time in competitive football. Ten of them were in the old First Division between 1935 and 1947.
George Wilkins - father of Chelsea's Ray, Graham and Steve - played for the Bees when we used to meet in the 1940s, and he featured in the last First Division encounter at Stamford Bridge on 9 November 1946.
Just ahead of the game, in a Daily Mirror poll to determine Britain's best XI, the readership had elected Tommy Lawton as centre-forward on a landslide: 77% of votes cast. Brentford's Bill Gorman just missed out in the full-back category.
And it was Lawton - one of Billy Birrell's recently acquired 'glamour gang' along with Tommy Walker, Len Goulden and Johnny Harris - who opened the scoring in the first half, although Caledonian Jimmy Bain caused the visitors immense problems down the left wing.
The Bees' defence held firm in the face of a battering, though, and Hopkins equalised for them against the run of play. Scores remained even until late on when stylish Scottish inside right Walker (pictured below) put the Blues ahead and Bain capped his fine afternoon with a third. Hopkins pulled another back for Brentford but too late in the day to affect the result.
Our last meeting at Stamford Bridge was over 66 years ago in the old First Division. Chelsea won 3-2 with goals from Tommy Walker, Tommy Lawton and Jimmy Bain. Idris Hopkins scored a brace for the Bees.
|Chelsea v Brentford at Stamford Bridge|
|1935/36||Chelsea won 2-1||Old First Division|
|1936/37||Chelsea won 2-1||Old First Division|
|1937/38||Chelsea won 2-1||Old First Division|
|1938/39||Brentford won 3-1||Old First Division|
|1946/47||Chelsea won 3-2||Old First Division|
Chelsea v Brentford in all competitions
Games played 12
Chelsea wins 6
Bees wins 4
Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 3-2 Brentford - 09/11/1946 (Old Division One)
Chelsea 1-3 Brentford - 25/02/1939 (Old Division One)
Chelsea were beaten by a third-tier club in the FA Cup: 8,421
Brentford reached the FA Cup fifth round: 2,576
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,828
Liverpool won the league: 8,323
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Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006
Bobby Campbell was our manager 23 years ago the last time the Blues were knocked out by a third--tier club. Bristol City won 3-1 in January 1990 at a wet Ashton Gate in the fourth round. Kevin Wilson was our scorer.
Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena at the end of the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners
At Southampton in the last round, Frank Lampard drew level with our all-time FA Cup scorer Bobby Tambling on 25 goals.
|Last six results|
|Jan 23||Swansea (League Cup SF 2 a)||D 0-0|
|Jan 27||Brentford (FA Cup 4 a)||D 2-2|
|Jan 30||Reading (a)||D 2-2|
|Feb 2||Newcastle (a)||L 2-3|
|Feb 9||Wigan (h)||W 4-1|
|Feb 14||Sparta Prague (Europa League a)||W 1-0|
Scorers Mata 16, Torres 15 (1 pen), Lampard 12 (5 pens), E Hazard 9 (2 pens), Oscar 8 (1 pen), Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Ramires 6, Moses 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Ba 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goals 3. Total 101
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Thu 21 Feb||Sparta Prague (Europa League) home||8.05pm|
|Sun 24 Feb||Manchester City away||1.30pm|
|Sat 2 Mar||West Brom home||3pm|
Frank Lampard needs a brace to reach 200 goals for Chelsea and four to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling.
Congratulations to Nathan Ake who celebrates his 18th birthday on Monday
Brentford in the FA Cup
Furthest reached is the quarter-finals: 1937/38, 1945/46, 1948/49, 1988/89.
They have only reached the FA Cup fifth round on six occasions since the Second World War.
|This season's FA Cup campaign|