Brentford vs Chelsea Preview
Sunday’s game at Griffin Park sees League One promotion hopefuls Brentford host London rivals Chelsea in their FA Cup Fourth Round tie.
The two sides haven’t met in 66 years, with Brentford winning four and losing five of their previous ten meetings.
Uwe Rosler’s side currently sit third in the third tier, six points behind leaders Tranmere Rovers, who are the only side to have beaten them in their last eleven games, though they needed replays to get through the last two rounds against Bradford City, then Southend United.
Defender Scott Bidwell is suspended, though Scott Barron and Harry Forrester are set to return to the starting line-up.
Top scorer Clayton Donaldson has fifteen for the season, and is generously priced at 12.0 (11/1) to grab the first goal of the game.
The home win is widely available at 12.0 (11/1), with Chelsea odds on at 1.3 (3/10). You can get a price of 6.0 (5/1) for the game to go to a replay.
Chelsea go in to the game on the back of a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final with Swansea, a result which saw the eliminated from the competition.
With this one of just two competitions the club can realistically aim for this season, Rafa Benitez is expected to name a strong side, though David Luiz is out injured, and Eden Hazard begins a three match suspension.
Demba Ba scored twice on his debut in the third round win at Southampton earlier in the month, and is 4.0 (3/1) with Paddy Power to open the scoring.