Chelsea match for today: Chelsea holds off an onslaught from Brentford to secure a 1-0 win in their Premier League clash at the Brentford Community Stadium. Ben Chilwell scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time with a stunning volley.
However, the Bees will feel that they should have had a share of the spoils a Bryan Mbeumo hit the post twice, while Saman Ghoddos, Pontus Jansson, and Christian Norgaard were all denied by outstanding saves from Edouard Mendy. The Blues did enough at the back to earn the three points and move back to the top of the table.
Brentford took 17 shots towards the goal but could manage only 7 on target. Brentford had a dominance of possession in the majority of the second half.
The first half was all for Chelsea and Ben Chilwell. They took a 1-0 lead in the first half itself. With Brentford hitting the post once the home crowd had faith in the team. Chelsea’s strikers were not in touch yesterday with only 5 shots attempts and only 1 of them was on target.
The second half was all about Brentford and Mendy. Edouard Mendy was the key player for Chelsea yesterday. He was an impenetrable wall. The keeper kept his clean sheet with 4 crucial saves for his side. Brentford were unlucky in the second half too as they hit the post again. Chelsea did enough to get through the match. The debutant for Chelsea Malang Sarr had a great match, with a couple of outstanding first-time tackles and few recoveries.
Brentford remains winless in seven matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L6), losing each of the last three by an aggregate scoreline of 9-0.
Chelsea is the first side from the capital, to win seven consecutive away London derbies in English Football League history.
Brentford has lost two of their last three home league games, as many defeats as in their previous 24 such matches (W13 D9).