After Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, it’s back to business for Graham Potter and his squad as they prepare to take on Brentford. The Blues make the short trip to the Brentford Community Stadium in what will be their sixth match of October.
Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last four matches in all competitions and Potter will be hoping his team will be able to shut out the opposition once again in the London derby. However, Potter will be without key duo Reece James and N’Golo Kante, who both have long- term injury problems. Thiago Silva, who picked up a hamstring knock on Sunday, is expected to be fit for selection , meanwhile.
There could be a temptation for Potter to rest some other key players as well, with October being an extremely busy month. Mason Mount, for example, is the only outfield player to start every match so far under Potter’s supervision. So, with all of this being said, football.london ‘s Chelsea contingent of Bobby Vincent, Scott Trotter and Daniel Childs all have a go at predicting the XI Potter will choose for the match at the Brentford Community Stadium.
As mentioned above, I think Potter will be tempted with resting Mount and Silva on Wednesday. Mount has played so much football recently and as brilliant as he has been, this could be the perfect opportunity for him to rest a bit. Kepa Arrizabalaga will surely keep his place in a goal after a world-class display against Aston Villa at the weekend. If Silva is to be rested, Chelsea could return to a four-back formation.
If this is the case, expect Cesar Azpilicueta to start at right-back, Trevoh Chalobah and Kalidou Koulibaly in the middle and Ben Chilwell at left- back. Marc Cucurella struggled on Sunday, so Chilwell could be the man on the left-hand side of a back-four. Ruben Loftus-Cheek should keep his place, perhaps alongside Mateo Kovacic. If it’s a midfield duo, then that might mean snubbing Jorginho, but the form of Loftus-Cheek is so strong right now.
Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic could all be used behind the striker. Pulisic hasn’t played a lot recently, but it could be the perfect chance for the American to be used. He did also feature when Chelsea started with a four-back formation against Wolves recently. I’d be tempted to choose Armando Broja. He’s looked superb whenever coming off the bench and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the wrong side of 30, there could be logic in resting the striker.
Bobby’s XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Sterling, Havertz, Pulisic; Broja.