Brentford vs ChelseaEnglish Premier League, KO: 17:30 Oct 16, 2021, Brentford Community Stadium
ENGLISH Premier League shock troops Brentford welcome Chelsea to a London derby with a difference in an intriguing Saturday night encounter.
Thomas Frank's side have made a dream start to top flight football with just one defeat in seven and they have already beaten Arsenal and West Ham and drawn with Liverpool.
They will be relishing a visit from the league leaders who have been off it in recent games. Chelsea lost at home to champions Manchester City and needed two late goals to rescue a win at home to Southampton, who had a player sent off. In between that, they lost in Italy to Juventus in the Champions League.
International breaks are rarely welcomed around Stamford Bridge and it's the same for Saturday with Thiago Silva unavailable after joining up with the Brazil squad during midweek.
In contrast, confidence could not be higher around the Bees squad after a late goal from Yoane Wissa gave them that shock win at the London Stadium against the Hammers.
Brentford have also provided some of the most entertainment in the EPL this season and there's no reason to believe this shouldn't be another cracker.
How the bookies view it
Chelsea were always going to be favourites for the clash, but they are not quite as short as you might expect and SBK's 5/8 on a Blues win might tempt some big hitters.
Recent head to heads
The clubs last met in a FA Cup tie five years ago which Chelsea romped to a 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge as you can see below.
Incredibly, the sides have not met in a league game since 1947 and Brentford last beat Chelsea in 1938!
Players to watch
Wissa has now scored a hugely impressive five goals in six games for Brentford and is 19/4 with Unibet to score again on Saturday night.
Timo Werner scored a double for Germany in their win in North Macedonia and also scored in Chelsea's last game at home to the Saints. He has seven goals already this season for club and country He's 21/10 to score anytime with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
This has the makings of a good game in what should be a special atmosphere between clubs who have rarely met despite their relative proximity.
Brentford have scored in five of their seven games in the league and against all the big guns and they should be able to breach a Chelsea defence that hasn't looked particularly strong this season.
Bet365's evens for the hosts to score before the 79th minute has a big chance.
Both sides have been involved in matches with plenty of bookings and for a Saturday night London derby, the 6/5 on offer from Unibet on four or more cards should land.
This English Premier League match between Brentford and Chelsea will be played on Oct 16, 2021 and kick off at 17:30. Check below for our tipsters best Brentford vs Chelsea prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.