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Carabao Cup: Covid-19 Depletes Chelsea Ahead Quarter-Final Clash With Brentford

Carabao Cup: Covid-19 Depletes Chelsea Ahead Quarter-Final Clash With Brentford

Chelsea will aim to progress to the Carabao Cup semi-finals when they take on Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium today.

The Blues are suffering an ever-worsening coronavirus outbreak within their squad, giving Brentford extra hope of claiming a major scalp in this West London derby.


Thomas Tuchel will be missing several players owing to positive coronavirus tests, with Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku missing. At the same time, confusion reigns supreme over Kai Havertz’s availability but Jorginho is set to return after testing negative for COVID-19.

However, Chelsea’s fortunes have taken a hit of late, as they have won only one of their most recent five matches, with Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers holding the west Londoners to stalemates in the past week.

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Brentford and Chelsea have already locked horns once this season, with the Blues claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win, courtesy of a goal by Ben Chilwell.

Thomas Frank’s men are the leading scorers in the EFL Cup this term with 12 from their three outings, thanks largely to a 7-0 drubbing of Oldham Athletic in the third round.

Brentford have only ever scored more League Cup goals in a single campaign once in their history – 15 in 1991-92 – with Forest Green Rovers and Stoke City having also been dispatched during a relatively kind route to the quarter-finals.

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