Image for Greg Lea Greg Lea - October 19, 2022

Brentford vs Chelsea: Another Win in Offing for the Blues

  • Chelsea have won five games on the bounce under new manager Graham Potter
  • Brentford are in the top half of the Premier League table after a win last time out
  • Chelsea can extend the winning run but the west London derby will be hotly contested

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Brentford vs Chelsea Pick

The Blues are in fine form right now, but they may have to score twice to emerge victorious over a dogged Brentford team.

Back Chelsea to win and over 1.5 goals on Wednesday. (+100)

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Brentford vs Chelsea Prediction

Brentford vs Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea’s Winning Run Continues - Albeit Slightly Fortuitously

Chelsea had Lady Luck smiling on them at Villa Park on Sunday. On the balance of play, a draw between Aston Villa and the Blues would have been a fair result. You could even make the argument that Villa deserved all three points - the expected goals certainly favored them, even if the real ones did not.

A 2-0 win for Chelsea did not tell the full story of the match. The opening goal came courtesy of an individual error by Tyrone Mings, whose misjudged header fell right into the path of Mason Mount. The midfielder doubled his team’s lead in the second half with a fantastic free-kick - albeit one which Emi Martinez probably should have saved.

Yet in between the two goals, Villa were on top. Chelsea owed a debt of gratitude to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who made several superb stops to keep the home team at bay. Villa have been criticized for a lack of attacking output this term, but there were no problems with their creation of chances on Sunday.

His team’s performance was far from outstanding, then, but Graham Potter will nevertheless have been pleased with how his Chelsea players acquitted themselves. Even the best sides in world soccer do not go through an entire campaign playing well in every match. The key is to pick up points even when you are not operating at your very best, as Chelsea did at the weekend.

Potter has enjoyed a terrific start to life in the Stamford Bridge dugout. His team have now won five games on the bounce, climbing into the top four of the Premier League and into first place in their Champions League group. We are still early in his tenure, but for now, Todd Boehly’s contentious decision to sack Thomas Tuchel and appoint Potter appears to be paying off.

Brentford Return to Winning Ways to Climb Into Top Half of Table

For Brentford, the objective in 2022/23 is simple: avoid second-season syndrome. The term refers to teams that enjoy excellent debut campaigns following promotion to the Premier League but struggle to maintain an upward trajectory once the novelty of being at the top table has worn off.

Ipswich Town in 2001/02, Reading in 2007/08 and Sheffield United in 2020/21 are examples of sides who were relegated to the Championship in their second seasons after positive initial campaigns. After finishing 13th last term - five places and 11 points clear of the bottom three - a second-season slump is precisely what Brentford are aiming to avoid.

It is a case of so far, so good for Thomas Frank’s side. A 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night means the Bees head into the midweek round of fixtures in ninth place.

That win against the Seagulls ended a run of three games without one, as Ivan Toney’s brace lifted him into third place in the race to be the Premier League top scorer (he has notched eight goals so far, more than anyone but Erling Haaland and Harry Kane).

The Gtech Community Stadium is a tough place to go for the division’s biggest teams. Chelsea won 1-0 here last term, but they were hanging on for dear life for much of the second half, as Frank’s men threw everything they had at their west London neighbors. Chelsea should expect more of the same on Wednesday.

Chelsea To Register Another Victory but This Will Be Hard-Fought

Potter will know that his team will need to deliver a better all-round performance than the one they turned in at Villa Park on Sunday. Brentford have had an extra two days of rest going into this fixture, which could give them a slight edge in terms of freshness.

They are a physical team too, and the Blues will need to ensure they stand up to that challenge from minute one to 90. We can expect the home team to launch plenty of crosses into the box and to get the ball forward to their front players quickly.

Provided Chelsea can weather that storm, they should be able to pick up all three points. Potter has already had an impact on the team’s attacking play, encouraging the sort of fluidity and movement for which his Brighton team were universally admired. Chelsea have certainly become less predictable when they are going forward.

There was only one goal when these two teams went head-to-head at this ground the last term, but we like the look of at least two being scored on Wednesday. Pair that selection with an away win in what looks like the best bet for this west London derby.

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How to Watch Brentford vs Chelsea

TeamsBrentford vs Chelsea
LocationGtech Community Stadium, London, England
TimeWednesday, 19 October 2022, 2.45 PM EST
How to watchUSA Network, fuboTV

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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]

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