Brentford 0-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Brentford vs Chelsea LIVE!

Chelsea kept their grip on the top spot in the Premier League on Saturday as they beat neighbours Brentford 1-0 thanks to a Ben Chilwell strike, but only after a string of last-gasp defending and saves by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy denied the hosts.

Chilwell scored for the second match in a row in the 45th minute when Brentford failed to clear and the ball dropped kindly for the England defender to strike from 12 yards with a half volley.

The hosts had earlier hit the post through Bryan Mbeumo and the Frenchman was again denied by the woodwork in the 75th minutes as the Bees subjected Chelsea to wave after wave of attacks in their push for an equaliser.

Brentford spent much of the first half pegged back by Chelsea but the red and white shirts piled forward after the break, roared on by their supporters.

In the 83rd minute, Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy denied Saman Ghoddos and Trevoh Chalobah then saved the visitors by clearing off line from Christian Norgaard. Mendy made further fine saves, including turning over an acrobatic overhead effort by Norgaard in injury time.

The result leaves Chelsea one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table. Brentford stand in seventh place on 12 points.

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Brentford vs Chelsea Highlights

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  • Watch the strike that won all three points

  • Chelsea XI: Malang Sarr makes Premier League debut

  • Brentford XI: Jensen the only change from West Ham win

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More from the Brentford boss.

He told Sky Sports: “We kept the European champions and first-placed in the Premier League to five shots in the whole game. That’s very impressive.”

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Thomas Frank has revealed his comments to Edouard Mendy after the final whistle.

The Brentford boss stated: “I said to him that it was a little bit annoying that he was so good today and I praised him."

Says it all, really?

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Big praise for Brentford as a club from Gary Neville.

The ex-defender tells Sky Sports: “It feels right, there’s a connection between the players, the manager, the fans. You can feel there’s a spirit in the club.

“They give outstanding effort, they’re entertaining, massive hearts. It’s everything a fan wants to see. It feels really good.”

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What next for these two teams?

Malmo travel to Stamford Bridge for a Champions League clash on Wednesday, kicking off 8pm BST.

It’s a free midweek for Brentford, who face Leicester at home in the Premier League next Sunday, at 2pm BST.

The Only Goal

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It was a quiet night for Romelu Lukaku.

With just 18 touches, he had far fewer than opposite number Ivan Toney (45) and has now not scored in six Chelsea appearances. Something for Thomas Tuchel to ponder, perhaps.

Highlights Reel

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Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea missed that cool, experienced head at the back late on.

He tells Sky Sports: “It helps with Toney if you have players like Thiago [Silva] to be calm and win decisive challenges, to calm the game down, to understand first touches to escape the pressure and maybe create counter-attacks.

“But we don’t want to talk about guys who aren’t here. They were young, they need it otherwise if you can’t play you don’t gain experience. They did really really good.

“In the last 20 minutes we need to discuss where we can do better and there’s always room to improve.”

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19:42 , Marc Mayo

More from Thomas Tuchel.

He says: “In the final 20 minutes it became a cup game! They had nothing to lose, they found momentum with the crowd and suddenly it seemed like we had one player less.

“They brought six/seven guys in the box constantly and I thought we were not clear enough in our challenges. They had more belief and played with an attitude like a cup game - then we focused too much on defending.

“I was very happy with the first 65-70 minutes, we maybe could have scored one more but this can happen. Respect to Brentford in the end.”

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Thomas Tuchel knows exactly who to thank while talking to Sky Sports about the win and clean sheet.

He jokes: “Not the cleanest sheet we ever had but it’s very important to get the three points - it was up to Edou.”

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Chilwell discusses his mad few weeks in front of goal after a quiet start to the season.

He tells Sky Sports: “I said after the England game, that’s football. You have ups, you have downs. I’ll always support the team.”

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What a display from this man. Six saves in total. Pretty much all of them from the top-drawer.

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James Robson from the Brentford Community Stadium

19:26 , Marc Mayo

Incredible match. Incredible performance from Mendy. That is as much a match-winning display as Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, whoever.

Overlooked in the running for the Ballon d’Or - but there is no doubting he is absolutely world class.

Full-time! Brentford 0-1 Chelsea

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Edouard Mendy’s heroics put the Blues top. What a performance.

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90+5 mins: Added-on time in added-on time...

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90+3 mins: James is down in the area. That will be another stoppage.

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90+3 mins: Mendy! Again!

What a display this is from the goalkeeper. An overhead kick is fired at his goal and once again he palms it ove. Cat-like reflexes.

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90+2 mins: Half of stoppage time successfully navigated by Chelsea - although the ball is not too far from their goal.

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90 mins: Mendy continues with the tension eased after that stoppage.

There are still four minutes of stoppage time for Brentford to find an equaliser.

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87 mins: Mendy is down and needs treatment, after stopping that Jansson effort with his face. He hit it hard, too.

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85 mins: Save! Again!

Mendy denies Jansson from close-range, throwing himself at the goalbound shot. Wow.

James Robson at the Brentford Community Stadium

19:14 , Marc Mayo

What a performance from Brentford - but likewise Chelsea. They are being stretched to the limit, but keep coming up with the answers. And lets not forget this is a totally makeshift defence.

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83 mins: Off the line!

Mendy to the rescue after Sarr misses his header, and the keeper smothers the shot.

The ball isn’t cleared however and a chipped shot has to be launched off the line by Chalobah.

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81 mins: Chelsea are sitting deep and trying to wind the clock down while struggling to break out on any counters.

How much do Brentford throw at them?

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19:08 , Marc Mayo

79 mins: This Brentford pressure is not relenting. Jorgensen’s long throws are a particular bane for the Blues.

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76 mins: Brentford think they may have a penalty but the flag is up.

Guess who? It’s Chalobah on Toney and he leaves an arm out to pull down the Brentford star. It is a foul - were he not offside.

Havertz replaces Lukaku.

James Robson at the Brentford Community Stadium

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That is the measure of a top quality keeper. Mendy has come to the rescue twice in the last few moments, with his reaction save from Toney vital.

Brentford are building the pressure.

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74 mins: Post! Again!

Brentford are really threatening now as Mbeumo breaks free in the 18-yard box and slams Mendy’s near post.

Chelsea are living dangerously...

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72 mins: Chance!

Toney again! A throw-in goes deep into the Chelsea box and the forward lashes a shot on target - only for Mendy to parry it away.

Ghoddos is on for the Bees.

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69 mins: That is a sitter for Lukaku, luckily he was offside...

Werner finds space but his shot is well closed down, and his offside teammate launched a close-range attempt into the stands. Not a good look.

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68 mins: Toney gets his first proper sight of goal as he collects a pass with the net in front of him, albeit with a Chelsea crowd for good measure. But he is too cute and the ball is quickly snaffled up.

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66 mins: Forss replaces Onyeka in an attacking change by Brentford.

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65 mins: Werner and Chilwell fail to make the best of Chelsea’s latest openings before Toney wins a foul in instance number 35 of his battle with Chalobah.

It’s time for a change - Mount replaces Kovacic.

James Robson from the Brentford Community Stadium

18:50 , Marc Mayo

The game has livened up and Brentford are having to offer more from an attacking perspective.

Despite starting this half on the front foot, you can’t say there have been too many gaps for Chelsea to expose on the break.

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60 mins: Toney is all energy now. He races after Mendy to force the goalkeeper into a rushed, wayward clearance out for a throw.

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59 mins: Another tangle between Toney and Chalobah has the Bees demanding a foul on the edge of the area.

A long ball over the top was nowhere near the striker, which may have been why the referee waved away the protests. Chalobah did put an arm out but perhaps not enough for a foul.

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57 mins: What a header from Lukaku!

Brentford load the box and find Canos with a smart ball to the left, his clipped cross is met by the Belgian’s desperate leap and Mendy’s goal remains untroubled. The hosts are right in this.

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55 mins: An error from Sarr gives Toney a glimpse of goal. The striker is sent wide and eventually closed down by Chalobah but Brentford don’t go away.

The pair tussle right in front of Anthony Taylor and a proper battle ends in a free-kick to the Bees. That’s given the crowd their voice back.

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51 mins: Chelsea fans are singing Timo Werner’s name as the German puts another ball into the box, just behind Lukaku but Chilwell - effectively the visitors’ third attacker - briefly keeps the attack going.

It has been all Chelsea this period.

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49 mins: Neat play from Chilwell sends Lukaku through down the left. Werner is waiting but a smart interception from Pinnock clears the danger.

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48 mins: Chelsea on the front foot and a corner bounces to Kovacic. The midfielder scoops his shot over the bar and basically into the Thames. A big cheer from the home fans.

Second-half begins!

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We’re back underway in West London. No changes at the break.

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Southampton, Andorra and now Brentford. Ben Chilwell couldn’t get a game earlier this season, now he’s racking up the goals.

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James Robson at the Brentford Community Stadium

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The game needed that goal and it took something special to break the deadlock. Chilwell can’t stop scoring at the moment - which is just as well with Lukaku and Werner hardly impressing in the first-half.

Lukaku should have timed his run better when connecting with Werner’s cross for the goal that was ruled offside - and Werner should have done so much better when firing from Lukaku’s knockdown.

As it happens, Chilwell has had to show them the way.

HALF-TIME! Brentford 0-1 Chelsea

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Azpilicueta sees the ball out for a goal kick and Anthony Taylor blows his whistle.

Chelsea lead through Chilwell’s strike on the brink of the break.

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45+2 mins: A late Brentford free-kick, level with the 18-yard line on the right side, could change Thomas Tuchel’s team talk...

GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Chelsea | Ben Chilwell

18:15 , Marc Mayo

45 mins: It’s Chilwell with a fabulous finish after the ball broke from a cross. Top bins!

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44 mins: Another ball to Lukaku, another comfortable clearance for Brentford. Chelsea have struggled to utilise their record signing so far.

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42 mins: Brentford threaten an attack down the left for the first time and Sarr is level to it, a powerful slide tackle sending the ball into touch.

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41 mins: Raya strong and commanding after another ball into the box.

Werner has been the prominent link-up man so far for Chelsea... with little end product to show for it.

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18:09 , Marc Mayo

38 mins: Another chance!

Werner breaks free in the area and tries to roll in Lukaku. But his pass just doesn’t reach the Belgian and Brentford maul the ball in numbers to kill the attack.

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37 mins: Chance!

Chelsea hit the ball direct and Chilwell nestles it down to Lukaku. The ball comes to Werner, who fires his shot high and wide.

A better build-up from the visitors. No better end product.

That was a bad miss from Werner. Top strikers at least make the keeper work from that position. Instead - even though he took his time to pick his spot - he fired high and wide with the goal to aim at.

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34 mins: Brentford on the attack and a couple of nice balls end up with Loftus-Cheek claiming the ball back.

But the midfielder goes down too easily, judges Anthony Taylor, in the D and the ball comes to Mbeumo. His cross/shot goes straight to Mendy though.

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31 mins: Yellow card for Canos.

The winger gets mouthy with the linesman after a foul by Onyeka on Loftus-Cheek.

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30 mins: Chelsea are forced to take it slow with Brentford sitting deep and it’s here where the visitors end up stodgy.

A badly aimed Werner ball to Lukaku sees their latest attempt come to nothing.

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27 mins: Close!

Kovacic sends in a pretty soft long-range free-kick and yet it pings off a defender to trouble Raya. Fortunately for the goalkeeper, it loops just over his bar for a corner - which Brentford deal with.

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26 mins: Tuchel looks frustrated on the touchline. Chelsea are not getting many calls their way - but his biggest concern will be just how sluggish they look.

He spoke beforehand about being prepared a Brentford team in giant-killing mode - but there hasn’t been much sign of that yet.

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25 mins: Another Loftus-Cheek run, filed under ‘mazy’, wins a chance for Chelsea to load the box. Once again, Brentford are stout in facing the aerial bombardment and clear.

They’re giving away a few too many fouls in good positions, mind.

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22 mins: Back of the net! But offside...

Werner launches on a counter after Mbeumo’s effort and finds Lukaku in the area. It’s an easy finish for the striker but the flag goes up. No need for a VAR review, he’s a yard off.

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21 mins: Off the post!

A set-piece is recycled into the area and Mbeumo hits the post.

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20 mins: It’s not a thriller here so far. Neither team offering much in the way of invention. Lukaku’s wayward free-kick moments ago summed up the contest.

The atmosphere is good, however, and if Brentford get a goal, it will be electric.

Alas, the free-kick after Kovacic’s yellow comes to nothing.

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18 mins: Yellow card for Kovacic.

Mbeumo had the beating of the Croatian and tumbled under a late, sturdy challenge. It’s a free-kick wide-right from 45 yards and no arguments from Kovacic.

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16 mins: Wide from Lukaku!

The first shot of the match swings off target from the Belgian after he lined up the free-kick from 25 yards.

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15 mins: Chelsea are yet to receive any threat on Mendy’s goal but haven’t quite managed anything on Raya yet.

When the Blues attack with pace, they are far more dangerous. Kante and Chilwell scramble runs goalwards but Brentford hold firm before Kovacic is tripped in a dangerous position.

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13 mins: Onyeka is up and will be able to continue. Chasing down Loftus-Cheek he just bounced off the Chelsea man and hit the deck, looking in real pain.

Bidstrup was changed and ready but has settled back on the bench.

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10 mins: Lovely backheel around the corner by Loftus-Cheek but the bump puts Onyeka on the ground and he requires treatment.

The whistle had already gone for a foul on Chilwell, however.

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6 mins: Brentford get a foot on the ball after a Chelsea corner but it is quickly spun towards Werner again.

For all the talk of the Bees getting the ball forward quickly tonight, it is the Blues wasting no time in attack.

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5 mins: Loftus-Cheek is turning into one of the unlikely stories of the season. Credit to Tuchel for rewarding him for his performances in training - but credit to the player too.

It sends an important message to the Chelsea squad, both as a stick and carrot.

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2 mins: Loftus-Cheek on a big run nearly opens up the home defence, but the ball doesn’t run for Werner for a shot.

The Blues on the front foot in the early exchanges.

KICK-OFF!

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The Premier League’s newest West London derby is underway.

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The teams are out and the table is clear.

Chelsea win and go top. Brentford win and go fourth. Heady heights.

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‘Hey Jude’ is at full volume in West London..’. It’s a full house at Brentford Community Stadium.

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Thomas Tuchel is confident in his back-three, even if it lacks the sort of Premier League experience of usual Chelsea teams.

He tells Sky Sports: “Malang [Sarr] played in the cup game, Andreas has now played many games at the highest level, and Trevoh has been strong in every match we’ve played him in.

“It’s Malang who gets his debut but he has strong players around him and that’s it.”

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Thomas Frank is in no mood for his Brentford players to set up camp in their own half tonight.

He tells Sky Sports: “The main message to my players is you need to be brave. We need to try to press aggressively, be forward-thinking, and try to attack. That’s the main message.

“I know there will be times we need to have 11 players in our own box, and [defend] low sometimes because we’ve been forced back. But we need to be brave.”

Thirty-minute warning!

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The atmosphere at Brentford Community Stadium is building ahead of a juicy derby in the capital.

Sarr Starts

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Signed from Nice as a free agent last year, Malang Sarr was tipped to become one of Europe’s top defenders but an instant spot in the Chelsea team was always a tough ask.

The defender spent last season on loan at Porto and returned to make his Blues debut in the Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa last month.

Otherwise, he hasn’t even been part of a Premier League squad but injuries to Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva - with Reece James left on the bench - meaning he has been given his chance today.

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Brentford Team News

16:39 , Marc Mayo

Brentford XI: Brentford: Raya; Jorgensen, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Jensen, Norgaard, Onyeka, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney

Subs: Thompson, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Ajer, Bidstrup, Roerslev, Fernandez, Maghoma

Chelsea Team News

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Starting XI: Mendy; Christensen, Chalobah, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Chilwell; Loftus-Cheek, Werner, Lukaku

Subs: Kepa, Alonso, James, Barkley, Jorginho, Saul, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Mount

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Ten minutes until team news drops...

The Standard’s Prediction

16:12 , Marc Mayo

The Bees have been a great success story so far, with some huge points taken off Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool. But Chelsea have been able to get the job done even when not at their best, and have more than enough talent to win this derby.

Chelsea to win 2-0.

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It’s a huge day for this man. Can Timo Werner follow up his crucial strike past Southampton with another today?

The German has only scored in consecutive league games for Chelsea once since signing.

Thomas Tuchel said ahead of the game: “We have so many games normally we cannot wait for players to re-find their full potential. Normally we want to have these guys on the pitch who are actually in shape, who have confidence and a certain momentum.”

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Head-to-Head History

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Brentford wins: 4

Draws: 2

Chelsea wins: 8

How To Watch

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TV channel: Today’s match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

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Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Lukaku.

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Brentford are historically quite the capable underdogs, meanwhile.

No English top-flight club has a better record against teams who started the day top of the table. Seven wins in nine matches brings a stunning 78 per cent win ratio.

That said, this is the first such game since a 4-1 romp past Wolves... in 1947.

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Chelsea are out to continue their hugely impressive run on the road today.

Thomas Tuchel has won eight, drawn three and lost one of his 12 away days in the Premier League - keeping six clean sheets.

Adding to that, they have six London derby away wins in a row, with a seventh today breaking a record in the capital for the top-four tiers.

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Hello and welcome!

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It is a big day in West London as Brentford welcome Chelsea for a juicy Premier League clash.

We will be keeping you abreast of the team news ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off, with live updates from the derby and all the major reaction post-match.

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