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BRENTFORD VS CHELSEA : Chelsea’s Team News and Predicted Xl for the Clash on Wednesday

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Chelsea face Brentford in the Carabao Cup Quarter-final on Wednesday, 22nd December at the Brentford Community Stadium hoping to get back to winning ways after a poor run of games.

Chelsea secured a place in the last eight of the competition by beating Southampton 4-3 on penalties. Brentford, on the other hand, overcame Stoke City by beating the championship side 2-1 away from home.

Brentford last two Premier League games were postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases and are well-rested for the clash. Chelsea were held to a goaless draw by Wolves after the Premier League denied their request to postpone the game due to more players testing positive for Covid-19.

Confirmed Officials

The EFL have confirmed the officials for the quarter-final clash, which will see Peter Banks take charge of the encounter in West London.

Referee: Peter Banks

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin and Tim Wood

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

Team News

Brentford

David Raya is out with a long-term injury.13 staff members and players tested positive for Covid-19 last week which is expected to affect their performance.

Injuries: David Raya, Kristoffer Ajer, Josh Dasilva, Julian Jeanvier

Doubtful: Ethan Pinnock, Mathias Jorgensen, Ivan Toney

Chelsea

Chilwell is still ruled out with an injury and Jorginho is the lastest player to test positive for Covid-19

Injuries: Ben Chilwell

Doubtful: Trevoh Chalobah, Hakim Ziyech

Suspension: None

Unavailable (COVID-19): Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho

Chelsea’s Predicted XI

Chelsea struggled for most parts of the first half because Thomas Tuchel changed the formation for the first time to a four at the back in the Premier League since taking charge of the team.

They had to go in and receive the message clearer, then came out in the second half better, so I’m expecting Thomas Tuchel to continue with the same formation.(4:3:3)

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso

Midfielders: Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Saul Niguez

Forwards: Reece James, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount

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