Betting preview: Brentford vs Chelsea – Blues looking to avoid Bees’ deadly sting

Brentford have the propensity to get under the skin of the Big Six. Question is, do they have what it takes to do the same against the European champions?

We're seven games into the new season and Brentford are still enjoying themselves in the top half of the table.

The Bees have already beaten Arsenal and taken Liverpool all the way in a 3-3 draw. Clearly, they're not just here to make up the numbers.

Chelsea, meanwhile, went into the international break as the league leaders. Despite a few injury problems, they will be keen to maintain that position once the weekend is through.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, October 16, 5:30pm BST

Where: Brentford Community Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets ahead of Brentford vs Chelsea

Both teams to score at 1/1

Chelsea to score first at 1/2

Over 2.5 goals at 1/1

Time Werner to score anytime at 19/10

The international break hasn't been too kind to Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues boss could be without Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Rudiger after both players suffered injury concerns while in action for Belgium and Germany, respectively.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with Ben Chilwell after the final whistle during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge

The possible absence of Rudiger could prove especially frustrating as his most obvious replacement, Thiago Silva, isn't available due to the extended international break in South America.

On a more positive note, N'Golo Kante and Reece James are both back in training and could feature against Brentford.

Speaking of the Bees, what realistic hope do they have of keeping all three points at the Brentford Community Stadium? Recent results would suggest they certainly have a fighting chance.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank before the Premier League match at the London Stadium

Only six teams in the Premier League have scored more goals than Thomas Frank's men. Only three have conceded fewer.

Brentford are also outperforming their fellow newly promoted sides. Last year's Championship winners, Norwich, are currently bottom of the table, while Watford have already replaced their manager.

Bearing everything in mind, our first selection is both teams to score. The Bees have only failed to score in two games. And, considering Chelsea may be forced into a reshuffle at the back, Frank's men should have an opportunity to get on the scoresheet.

Last time out

West Ham 1-2 Brentford (Premier League - October 3, 2021)

Brentford maintained their unbeaten run in London derbies this season courtesy of a 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Bryan Mbeumo opened the scoring for the visitors before Jarrod Bowen conjured up an equaliser for the Hammers with 10 minutes left.

Deep into stoppage time, Yoane Wissa scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Bees.

Chelsea 3-1 Southampton (Premier League - October 2, 2021)

Chelsea were also victorious in their last competitive outing.

The Blues went ahead against Southampton with a ninth-minute poacher's goal from Trevoh Chalobah.

James Ward-Prowse converted a second-half penalty to level the score. However, Chelsea weren't done yet.

With six minutes remaining, Timo Werner restored their lead and Ben Chilwell added the gloss late on.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Brentford wins: 2

Draws: 2

Chelsea wins: 6

Brentford goals: 10

Chelsea goals: 20

Recovering from short blip?

Before their aforementioned win over Southampton, Chelsea suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since May.

Tuchel's men fell to consecutive 1-0 losses against Man City and Juventus with many criticising the Blues for a lack of an offensive initiative.

There's certainly no shame in losing to fellow giants, but there would be serious questions asked if Chelsea were to fall against Brentford.

Chelsea's Ben Chilwell (right) celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge

With that in mind, we're expecting the Blues to go on the front foot early. Chelsea to score first is our second selection, priced at 1/2.

This bet has landed in all Chelsea games that have seen both teams get on the scoresheet.

Brentford means goals, goals, goals

Brentford have been enjoyable to watch this season, primarily because the majority of their games turn into goal-fests.

Their last four competitive outings, for instance, have produced a total of 18 goals.

Brentford, Arsenal, Premier League

Chelsea's games haven't seen as many efforts but who's to say that the Bees can't drag the Blues into a goalscoring shootout? If they did it against Liverpool, the Blues certainly cannot be exempt.

As a result, our third selection comes in the over 2.5 goals market.

Goalscorer bets

While the international break may not have been a good one from Tuchel's perspective, it was certainly a productive one for the likes of Werner and Kai Havertz.

Werner, in particular, has been under the microscope due to his struggles in-front of goal. But is that finally beginning to change?

During the previous international break, the 25-year-old scored three goals in three games. He returned to Chelsea and managed to get on the scoresheet against Aston Villa (Carabao Cup) and Southampton.

Chelsea's Timo Werner during the Carabao Cup third round match at Stamford Bridge, London

The German was among the goals again during his country's 4-0 win over North Macedonia. Werner's brace helped Die Mannschaft officially book their ticket to Qatar.

With Lukaku potentially set to miss out, Werner should have another opportunity to continue his scoring run.

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