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FA Cup - Brentford v Chelsea Preview


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After the shenanigans of Wednesday evening and our subsequent exit from the Capital One Cup, at the hands of Swansea City, Chelsea face Brentford in a 4th round FA Cup tie, a fixture that sees the two local rivals face each other, in a competitive football, for the firs time in over sixty years. Will Chelsea shake off their Capital One Cup blues and ease into round five, or will it be another of those days when you just look to the heavens and ponder why us (again)?

Vital Quotes:

Focussing on the clash, John Terry has commented,

"We must make sure we're up for it from the off becuase Brentford are certainly going to be. It's going to be a good test."

Brentford Team News:

Our hosts, this Saturday, enter this intriguing fixture without the services of Jake Bidwell who, to his dismay, was the recipient of a red card in the League One clash with Orient.

Out through injury is Kevin O`Connor.

Player to watch: Clayton Donaldson

The number 9 has hit 19 goals this season, including 4 in the FA Cup already.

Chelsea Team News:

Rafa Benitez takes his squad the short distance up the road to Griffin Park with the pressure on his position increasing. Missing through injury will be Oriel Romeu, whilst Eden Hazard will be suspended for the first of a minimum of three games. Also out will be Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, both of whom are away, still, on African Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria. Also out injured having made a cameo appearance against Swansea is David Luiz.

Questions we`d like answered, ahead of the clash, with regards to team selection are;-

Is it time for John Terry to return to the heart of our defence?
Who`ll start up front, Ba or Torres?
Will Marko Marin get a starting place?

Player to watch: Juan Mata

May have looked a little jaded in recent games but still the one player that keeps us ticking over.

Match Facts & Stats

The record books show that our paths have crossed before in this competition. Back in 1950, an era I`d imagine none of us can boast about being too familiar with; saw the clubs drawn in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, on that occasion Chelsea eased through courtesy of a solitary goal, to take their place in round 4.

Ref Watch:

Our officials for this enticing fixture are;- Referee - J. Moss Assistant - S. Beck Assistant - M. McDonough Fourth Official - M. Dean

Match Prediction:

After the Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Swansea, Chelsea will be hoping that they can get the ship back into calmer waters against local rivals Brentford. However, meeting Brentford, in a competitive fixture for the first time in half a century, will ensure that there is a real competitive nature to this fixture and it could be a real tussle. Hopefully, our class will overcome their endeavour and cometh the final whistle I fully expect Chelsea to have won comfortably. Surely this Goliath is too good for this David!

Next Fixtures:

After the trip to Griffin Park, Chelsea faces a trip down the M4, into Royal Berkshire, to play Reading in the Premier League, on Wednesday night.

Date:Friday January 25 2013
Time: 6:29PM

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This is one of the games we should look to execute with some good fringe players and youngsters. Unfortunately we dont have them in abundance this time around in the first team. Mata would have taken a breather if Piazon was still around. However,i'd expect Nathan Ake and Marin as well as Ryan to be in the starting line up with Torres upfront. Afraid we short of numbers,no depth in the team at all. With a league tie very much around the corner,majority of the 1st eleven should be rested. And oh! I can bet my gf that J.T will start this one..haha! He will.
25/01/2013 20:48:00
Since we are not buying players in the transfer market, I'll suggest that we play youths with some players, it is not as if we'll win the fa cup with rafa as anything he touches gets to be ruined, instead of having the midas touch, I think he has the touch of death (devil's touch), so play the kids there and let mata rest for 2 weeks, he have not been playing well AT ALL for a long time now, he is very tired, hilario,betrand,cahill,terry,todd kane, ake,baker, marin, torres, kiwomya, (if they don't have a mid week game). Top 3 should be our aim for now with spurs breathing down our neck and arsenal getting their rythym slowly we need to be very careful
25/01/2013 21:45:00
And islam feruz, that is if they don't have a game today, but if they do, then we should start our normal team without mata and ba
25/01/2013 21:49:00
rest players for *****s sake. If mata and lampard start i will blow my top seriously. Marin, Piazon, Torres, bertranc, ake , turnbull, all shoudl start.
Mia Maynard
26/01/2013 06:22:00
Mia, piazon is on loan at Malaga.
26/01/2013 07:11:00
if Mata starts this match then Tubby has finally lost it.....hopefully we'll win...cant imagine I am hoping we beat Brentford.!..but thats reality..the squad is too thin...
26/01/2013 07:41:00
Should be 3-0 to us if we do it properly.
26/01/2013 13:42:00
god i hope they have the usual jan 31st explosion up their sleeves.
26/01/2013 17:04:00
didn't the u21's just play against boro at the bridge yesterday? feruz scored 2 and he must be tired , bamford etc all played so we don't have abundance of youth team options , don't know who started lemme check the chelseafc twitter...
26/01/2013 19:11:00
I think ake should be given a start or atleast 30-35 minutes as he didn't play against boro , I don't know if feruz will be tired , In my opinion he's really stood out , should be given a start IMO.
26/01/2013 19:14:00
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