EFL Cup: Brentford vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
EFL Cup: Brentford vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 21
Football

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Brentford will play hosts to Chelsea in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 21:45 CEST.

Preview

Even though Chelsea plead for their clash with Wolverhampton over the weekend to be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in Thomas Tuchel's squad, they were forced to feature by the Premier League. As a result, the Blues were held to a goalless draw at Molineux and thus have gone with a single victory in their last five fixtures in all competitions to find themselves in third in the league table, already six points behind leaders Manchester City.

Brentford, on the contrary, have seen their clashes with Manchester United and Southampton postponed lately so it's been almost two weeks since Thomas Frank's side played their last competitive match in which they claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Watford on December 10. With two wins in their previous five PL games, the Bees have moved into 12th in the standings with 20 points.

Team news

Ben Chilwell, Lewis Baker, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku are all unavailable for Chelsea due to positive coronavirus tests while Trevoh Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech remain doubtful after picking up minor injuries against Wolves. Joshua Dasilva, Kristoffer Ajer, David Raya and Julian Jeanvier, meanwhile, are the only confirmed injury absentees in Frank's squad.

Prediction

Apparently, we won't see too many first-team players in Chelsea's set-up on Wednesday given their's Covid crisis and upcoming festive schedule in the league. Therefore, we'd say that Brentford have a very good chance to gain revenge on the Blues for October's 1-0 home loss in the league when they lock horns in the West London derby on Wednesday. Hence, let's stick with BTTS in this one.

Tip

Both teams to score at 2.03 with 1XBET.


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