or tweet @thomgibbs
with the answer to this question: What would Rafa Benítez have to do to win
over Chelsea's fans?
CHELSEA 0 BRENTFORD 0
11 min Danger from a Chelsea free kick wide on the right. Ivanovic, as
he so often is, on the end of it. Lax defending from Brentford, with
Diagouraga losing track of the Chelsea defender, but his header is wide.
8 min All pretty much as you'd expect so far. Chelsea with roughly 94%
of possession, Brentford keeping their shape and stopping them from going
anywhere exciting with it. Plenty of long balls out from the back by the
visitors. But there's a shot for Brentford's Adam Forshaw, who beats an
uninterested Oscar on the right and has a dig from 25 yards. Safely wide of
4 min Cross from deep on the right-hand side from Oscar. Takes a nick
off a Brentford player on its way through to Moore, who does well to catch
it from well past his own line while keeping his arms safely outstreched on
the right side of the goal-line.
2 min I tell a lie, I totally heard Sam Matterface do a Europa League
game earlier this season. I hope you can forgive me.
1 min Chelsea get us started. ITV give what I think might be a
commentary debut to Sam Matterface. He's made a bee-related pun already.
11.56 The teams are politely filing out of the tunnel. Brentford
captain Jonathan Douglas has my favourite haircut of League One.
11.45 Martin Allen and Ian Wright are taking punditry to bold new
places. Martin Allen says he's supporting Brentford. Ian Wright says he is
supporting Chelsea. Matt Smith says Rafa Benítez is a smellyman that did a
poo-poo in his pants. No, not really, but that's about the level of
childishness we're heading towards.
11.35 ITV opinion generator Ian Wright has made a very bold move
indeed with his glasses:
11.20 Here are the teams:
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Luiz, Lampard; Oscar,
Mata, Moses; Ba
Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Hazard, Torres, Bertrand,
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas; Forshaw,
Diagouraga, Adeyemi, Donaldson; Trotta
Subs: Lee, Hodson, Barron, Reeves, Saunders, Forrester, Hayes
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
11.15 Morning liveblog fans.
What with all of the excitement of the fifth round (Oldham! Barnsley! The
Milton Keynes Dons!) yesterday, it might have escaped your attention that
there's still a fourth round tie lingering in this competition like an
It's emanating from west London, where the area's best team are playing host
to its third best (sorry, QPR you'd lose to Brentford at the moment).
Brentford earned their right to some lovely Stamford Bridge money today with a
gutsy 2-2 draw at Griffin Park sometime in about 2011.
This lunchtime we're going to see whether Uwe Rösler's side can make life
desperately unpleasant for Rafa Benítez, or if Brentford will roll over and
lose 5-1 as everyone expects them to.
There's something about lunchtime kick-offs which does not feel conducive to
FA Cup shocks but perhaps we shall all be surprised and delighted this
Team news and more to follow, get your eyes on this preview immediately:
Sunday, February 17
Kick-off: 12.00 GMT.
TV: Live ITV1, Highlights ITV1
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Turnbull; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Ramires,
Lampard; Marin, Oscar, Bertrand; Torres.
Out: Romeu (knee).
Tests: Cole (virus), Terry (knee).
Brentford (4-5-1): Moore; Hodson, Craig, Dean, Logan; Donaldson,
Douglas, Forshaw, Diagouraga, Forrester; Trotta.
Out: El-Alagui (knee), O'Connor (ankle).
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Betting: Home 1-9, Away 12-1, Draw 6-1.
David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available for
Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round replay with Brentford on Sunday after missing
the Europa League win at Sparta Prague.
Luiz was suspended, Ba ineligible and Moses and Mikel rested, after winning
the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, while John Terry and Ashley Cole
were unused substitutes.
Cole had a cold and Terry was not risked after a setback in his recovery from
a knee injury, but the captain is in line to return in defence against the
Bees. Oriol Romeu is a long-term absentee.
Brentford manager Uwe Rösler has no fresh concerns and he will hope that
Marcello Trotta, on loan from Fulham, can add to his three goals in four
games in all competitions for Brentford. He was on the bench for the 2-0 win
over Stevenage in midweek, as was Toumani Diagouraga, and both will hope to
Long-term absentees striker Farid El-Alagui and midfielder Kevin O'Connor miss
Chelsea are comfortable in the FA Cup; only once in the last 14 years have
they failed to reach the fifth round and have kost only two of their last 18
replays in the competition.
But it took a late equaliser from Fernando Torres to earn a replay, so Chelsea
will be aware of the threat from a League One side that prepared, in
midweek, by beating Stevenage 2-0.
However, Chelsea have won the FA Cup in four of the last six seasons and are
the current holders so they will not relinquish the trophy lightly.
Stat of the game: Brentford’s only win at Stamford Bridge came 74 years
ago, in February 1939 in the old First Division.
John Ley's prediction: Chelsea 1 Brentford 0.
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