Brentford Community might be the most unpredictable and mysterious of the FA Cup quarter-finals. What makes it so unpredictable and mysterious is that we have no idea who the teams will be, or if they will play at the scheduled time. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet betting.
As you know, Omicron, a new strain of coronavirus, is now raging in Foggy Albion. “Brentford have become one of the first Premier League teams to be infected by the disease. Thirteen players and members of staff tested positive, causing the postponement of two APL matches involving the Bees – against Manchester United and Southampton. But more than ten days have passed since the first incidents were reported, which suggests that Brentford have enough players for the match.
Incidentally, the Bees own one of the records for the current English League Cup. Thomas Franc’s team have scored the most goals – twelve. More than Brentford scored only in the 1991-1992 season, but the tournament was held under a different scheme and there were more matches.
If the coronavirus outbreak at Brentford has been put out, it’s only getting worse at Chelsea. The Londoners even asked the Premier League to postpone their match against Wolverhampton, but were refused. As a result, Thomas Tuchel did not have enough players to make a full squad (with four field players and two goalkeepers on the bench), and Chelsea again lost important points. A 0-0 draw saw the Londoners extend their lead over Manchester City to six points.
Given the staffing crisis and the tight schedule, for Thomas Tuchel the result in the upcoming game may be of secondary importance. For the German specialist, it is much more important now to save the team’s healthy leaders for future APL games to keep up with Manchester City even more.
Brentford vs Chelsea: Tentative squad
Chelsea have an already extensive injury list, with Trevo Chaloba and Hakim Ziyes suffering injuries in the game against Wolverhampton. The participation of these two, as well as Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek against Brentford, is highly questionable. It is possible that Thomas Tuchel will enlist the help of the club’s academy pupils, who have been urgently transferred to the first team.
Brentford also have a lot of losses, which the team should be used to by now. Insiders report that the Bees’ top scorer Ivan Toney and defensive pillar Ethan Pinnock have been cured of the coronavirus, so are in contention for a return to the starting line-up.
Brentford vs Chelsea: Forecast by the author
Two months ago, Thomas Franco’s side took on Chelsea here at Brentford Community. Only Edouard Mendy’s incredible reaction and the wastefulness of the Brentford players allowed the Blues to pull out a 1-0 win. However, in that game, the Bees played with a fighting line-up. Now, a few players (David Raya and Matthias Jorgensen, so to speak) are unavailable. But Chelsea will also play a non-optimal squad. Therefore, this is the pairing in which we should expect a sensation. I think the teams will exchange goals with Brentford going ahead.