The games just keep on coming for a Covid- and injury-ravaged Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel’s team make the short trip across west London to play Brentford tonight.
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Chelsea were unable to name a full bench against Wolves on Sunday and with the Carabao Cup likely to be an unwanted distraction from the Blues’ spluttering title tilt, it’s not a surprise to see Thomas Tuchel turn to some of Chelsea’s many youngsters for this one.
Teenagers Jude Soonsup-Bell, Xavier Simons and Harvey Vale all make their senior debuts for Chelsea, although with Marcos Alonso, César Azpilicueta, and Mateo Kovačić alongside them, there’s still plenty of experience in the team. Brentford field a strong side that features Bryan Mbeumo, Pontus Jansson, and Rico Henry, but chief goal threat Ivan Toney is only fit enough to make the bench.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has his own reservations about carrying on amid such uncertainty but with his team currently sitting 12th in the Premier League, nine points clear of the drop, a run in the Carabao Cup could be a good way of boosting confidence as the Bees go into the second half of their debut top-flight season.