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Blues Bulletin: Brentford vs Chelsea

The Blues are back this weekend and it's a short trip across west London for Thomas Tuchel's men in the Saturday tea-time kick-off, our first league visit to that part of town since 1947...


Brentford vs Chelsea head to head

Brentford’s last home win against the Blues was in October 1938.

Alex Machin is the last Chelsea player to score a league goal against the Bees, 27,244 days prior to this weekend's match.

Brentford (4-5-1); Moore; Hodson, Dean, Craig, Logan; Donaldson, Forshaw (Saunders 84), Diagouraga, Douglas (c), Forrester (Barron 79); Trotta (Adeyemi 70)
Unused subs: Lee, Dallas, Reeves, Hayes
Scorers: Trotta 42, Forrester 72 (pen)
Manager: Uwe Rosler

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Turnbull; Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 79), Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Marin (Mata h/t), Oscar, Bertrand (Ba 81); Torres
Unused subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Ake, Benayoun
Booked: Cahill, Turnbull
Scorers: Oscar 55, Torres 82
Manager: Rafael Benitez

Referee: Jon Moss
Attendance: 12,146

Chelsea stats

Brentford are the 50th different team to play in the Premier League, and the 10th from London, and their new stadium is the 60th different ground to host a match in the competition.

Chelsea’s record in our first match at a new Premier League stadium is a good one. Of the current top-flight teams, the Brentford Community Stadium will be the eighth new ground we have played on in the league.

Chelsea have the best shot-conversion rate in the Premier League this season (15.3 per cent).

Timo Werner is looking to score in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since November 2020.

Milestones

Mateo Kovacic made his 150th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions against Southampton.

Brentford stats

Thomas Frank’s side are seventh with 12 points from seven games, only four points off leaders Chelsea and two from the Champions League positions.

The Bees achieved promotion by beating Swansea 2-0 in the play-off final at Wembley last May, confirming their top-flight status for the first time in 74 years.

Last season:
Championship - third (promoted via play-offs)
FA Cup - fourth round
Carabao Cup - semi-finals
Top scorer (all comps) - Ivan Toney, 33

Brentford have picked up four points from their three home Premier League games this season – against Arsenal they won 2-0, against Brighton they lost 0-1 and there was a 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

The Bees are only the fifth team to remain unbeaten in their first four away games in the competition. The others were Blackburn, Coventry and Ipswich in 1992/93 and Hull in 2008/09.

Thomas Frank’s side are the first team in Premier League history to remain unbeaten in each of their first three London derby matches in the competition, drawing with Crystal Palace, and beating both Arsenal and West Ham.

Brentford have won seven of their nine top-flight matches against sides starting the day top of the table. The Bees’ win rate of 78 per cent against league leaders is the best of any club in English top-flight history.

Brentford's last Premier League game

Brentford's major summer moves

IN

Frank Onyeka - Midtjylland
Kristoffer Ajer - Celtic
Matthew Cox - AFC Wimbledon
Myles Peart-Harris - Chelsea
Yoan Wissa - Lorient
Alvaro Fernandez - Huesca (loan)
Zanka - Fenerbahce

OUT

Henrik Dalsgaard - Midtjylland
Luke Daniels - Released
Emiliano Marcondes - Released
Aaron Pressley - AFC Wimbledon (loan)

Discipline

There are no suspensions.

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match-suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Alonso 2, Rudiger 2, Christensen 1, Mendy 1, Thiago Silva 1, Werner 1
Brentford: Norgaard 3, Canos 2, Ajer 1, Henry 1, Janelt 1, Jansson 1, Mbeumo 1, Onyeka 1, Toney 1, Zanka 1

Referee and VAR

The referee is Anthony Taylor and the VAR is Paul Tierney.

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