Brentford vs Chelsea predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Ivan Toney has impressed for Brentford

Brentford host Chelsea on Saturday evening in a big Premier League game for both teams.

The Bees have begun the campaign impressively, with the likes of Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney showing they are more than capable of competing in the top flight.

Home form will continue to be vital for the newly promoted outfit, but they are up against the champions of Europe who are yet to lose a game away from home in the league this season.

Chelsea are top of the table and beat Southampton in their final match before the international break, so it could be the toughest test Brentford have had this season along with their thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool a few weeks ago.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the game?

The match kicks off at 5:30pm BST on Saturday, 16 October at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Subscribers can stream the match via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content.

What is the team news?

Vitaly Janelt and Shandon Baptiste miss out in midfield for the home side, which should see Frank Onyeka come into the line-up. The decision for manager Thomas Frank then will be whether to play with three in attack or stick with the two-man pairing, after Yoane Wissa’s goals prior to the international break. Kristoffer Ajer is a doubt in defence.

Chelsea remain without Christian Pulisic, while N’Golo Kante could be back in if he recovers from Covid in time. Thiago Silva isn’t likely to be involved due to duty with Brazil, while there are fitness doubts over Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and Romelu Lukaku – though the latter should be fine.

Predicted line-ups

BRE – Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Wissa, Toney

CHE – Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz, Mount; Lukaku


Brentford 6/1

Draw 3/1

Chelsea 5/8


The Bees won’t make it easy but they’ll still be firm underdogs against the Blues. If the visitors don’t have too many post-internationals concerns, they should take the points. Brentford 1-2 Chelsea.

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