An expected win for Chelsea against Brentford on Saturday will serve as another boost to their ambitions of solidifying a top-three place in the English Premier League.
Chelsea’s English Premier League title hopes may have disintegrated over the last couple of months, but the dynamics of this season have changed even more dramatically after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had to put the club up for sale.
As uncertainty hangs over Stamford Bridge, the Blues will be desperate to achieve some on-field stability by securing a third-place finish, particularly considering fourth-placed Arsenal are now just five points adrift.
After an international break, Chelsea have not played a Premier League match since beating Newcastle United more than two weeks ago, with that result serving as the Blues’ fifth win in a row, albeit after four without victory.
Notably, though, Chelsea have won each of their last four games against Brentford, keeping clean sheets in each of those victories. There is every chance that the Blues could once again shut out a Brentford side that has a goal difference of -14 in a season where they have scored 33 goals in 30 games.
Notably, no side has scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League than Chelsea this season (eight), while Brentford have conceded more goals from that area than any other team (10).
The Blues have also been handed a double boost ahead of this weekend’s encounter as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James both recently returned to training.
It’s important news for manager Thomas Tuchel, who faces a potentially season-defining few weeks ahead as an FA Cup semi-final and two Champions League quarter-finals loom on the horizon.
This will be the third meeting between the teams this season, with Chelsea having won the first Premier League meeting 1-0 before picking up a comfortable 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final victory in December. You can back the Blues to do the business once again.