£30m man restored, 25-year-old dropped, Lukaku call made: Chelsea predicted XI vs Brentford

International football can pack up its suitcases for another month because domestic action has just landed.

Premier League football flies onto our screens this weekend, with Chelsea and Brentford set to treat us with a Saturday evening extravaganza.

The two Thomas’s take on one another at the Brentford Community Stadium in just over 48 hours.

Tuchel will be looking to extend Chelsea’s lead at the top, whilst Frank can upset the order once again with his buzzing Brentford.

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A battle between the Blues and the Bees that should produce a beautiful spectacle.

And here are the 11 players travelling from Stamford Bridge we believe Tuchel will entrust with the capital city conquest:


Although Tuchel loves a tinker, his next team selection might be more forced than usually expected.

Mainly due to the mounting injuries that have swept across the dressing room recently.

Luckily, no harm has been done to Edouard Mendy, so he remains between the sticks.

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Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those tasked with protecting Mendy’s net.

Antonio Rudiger suffered a back problem whilst on Germany duty, so sits out this one.

Thiago Silva returns from representing Brazil tomorrow, which is simply not enough turnaround time.

Instead, Andreas Christensen comes in for Silva, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta replaces Rudiger.

Trevoh Chalobah stays put after his start against Southampton before the break.

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With Azpilicueta dropping into defence, and Reece James only just back from injury, Callum Hudson-Odoi may well get the nod at right wing-back.

N’Golo Kante’s priceless £30m (BBC) frame should be restored to the midfield, alongside Mateo Kovacic.

This means Ruben Loftus-Cheek slightly unfairly drops to the bench.

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The 25-year-old has been excellent in the past few matches and warrants a slice of the action, either as a substitute or a starter.

Despite Ben Chilwell’s scoring form for club and country, Marcos Alonso regains the left wing-back position.


Perhaps Tuchel’s biggest decision will revolve around Romelu Lukaku’s situation.

Lukaku did not feature in Belgium’s Nations League third place-playoff tie due to a muscle issue.

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If the striker is not available, Chelsea may have to revert to the ‘false no.9’ approach that worked pretty well last season.

Either Timo Werner or Kai Havertz can play through the middle, with Mason Mount making up the third attacking spot.

Chelsea Predicted XI vs Brentford: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi; Mount, Werner, Havertz

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.