Email Nick Pearce with
the answer to this question: Are Brentford the best thing to come out of
Hounslow since Fuller's London Pride?
BRENTFORD 0 - CHELSEA 0
8 min Turnbull hesitates with a backpass and ends up spooning his
clearance out for a throw. Home crowd loved that!
7 min A lot of play down Chelsea's left flank, which is irritating
because that portion of the pitch has no sun on it.
5 min Chance! Oscar has a dip from outside the box but his shot lacks
the necessary pace and direction to concern Moore.
4 min Chance! Ashley Cole gets to the byline and cuts the ball across
goal. It's an incredibly inviting ball in but Torres is not keen and fails
to gamble with a run.
3 min Ooh, I like this stat:
Twitter: OptaJoe - 29 - Brentford manager Uwe Rösler is the joint-top scoring German in PL history, alongside Jürgen Klinsmann. Pedigree.
2 min Sarcastic cheers from the Bees fans as Lampard's probing ball to
Cole sails out for a throw.
1 min We're under way! John Terry booed as he lumps the ball forward.
Good to see Chelsea employing route-one tactics. When in Hounslow......
11.59 We've shown Brentford the respect they deserve by fielding our
first-choice XI. Henry Winter is at Griffin Park:
Twitter: Henry Winter - #cfc walking out to a ball-boy guard of honour.
11.57 The two sides are out on the field. Chelsea in presentation
jackets but Brentford, like true hard men, in short-sleeve shirts.
11.54 The bookies have a Brentford win at 11/1 but Chelsea are 1/4
favourites. Mail me
11.49 Rafa Benitez tight-lipped about Petr Cech's injury. Chelsea's No
1 is not in the matchday squad today, with Ross Turnbull deputising between
the sticks and Hilario covering on the bench.
11.45 ESPN broadcasting a handy montage showing how close Chelsea and
Brentford's grounds are. They literally filmed the drive and added music.
Those who live outside the capital now know just how close they are. Result!
11.42 Our pals at Opta have produced a good stat to illustrate
Chelsea's FA Cup pedigree:
Twitter: OptaJoe - 15 - Chelsea have won 15 of their last 16 FA Cup fourth round ties, losing the other on penalties to Everton. Strong.
11.40 Here's a video reminder of the last time Chelsea lost to lower
league opposition in the FA Cup. Five years ago against Barnsley at Oakwell:
11.34 Bees manager Uwe Rosler is talking to ESPN right now but
there's no point in me relaying the kind of platitudes that satisfy
broadcasters. Instead, have a read of Sunday Telegraph Football
Correspondent Jason Burt's interview
with the man:
We will use every opportunity to attack them even though they are
individually and collectively on a different planet.
11.28 Good morning and thanks for joining me for this FA Cup fourth
round tie from suburban London. The sun is shining in the capital and we are
all eagerly awaiting to find out whether Chelsea will join Aston Villa in
suffering two humiliating cup exits in the space of a few days. Before we
get going let's take a look at the breaking team news.
TEAM NEWS: Rafa Benitez has recalled club captain John Terry at
centre-back and favours Fernando Torres up front. Brentford make four
changes, drafting in Toumani Diagouraga, Harry Forrester,
Shaluem Logan and Marcello Trotta.
Brentford: Moore, Hodson, Craig, Dean, Logan, Forshaw, Douglas,
Diagouraga, Donaldson, Trotta, Forrester.
Subs: Lee, Barron, Saunders, Adeyemi, Dallas, Reeves, Hayes.
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard,
Marin, Oscar, Bertrand, Torres.
Subs: Hilario, Mata, Ferreira, Azpilicueta, Ba, Benayoun, Ake.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
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