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  • January 27, 2013
  • • 12:00
  • • Griffin Park, Brentford, Middlesex
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 12146
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Brentford - Chelsea Preview: West London rivals lock horns for the first time since 1950

Brentford - Chelsea Preview: West London rivals lock horns for the first time since 1950

Glyn Kirk

Rafael Benitez will expect a response from his side following their Capital One Cup exit but the Blues face a tough test in the form of their neighbours from League One

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BRENTFORD

Moore
Hodson, Craig, Dean, Barron
Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga
Forrester, Donaldson, Trotta
CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand
Lampard, Ramires
Marin, Mata, Oscar
Torres

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler will be without on-loan Everton defender Jack Bidwell for the visit of European champions Chelsea after the youngster was sent off in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.

Veteran midfielder Kevin O'Connor (ankle) will also be out, as is Farid El Alagui (knee).

Harry Forrester was rested against Orient in the week and he should return along with Fulham loan star Marcello Trotta and defender Shaleum Logan.

Chelsea will be without Belgium attacker Eden Hazard as he starts a three-game ban following his controversial red card for kicking a ballboy at Swansea City on Wednesday.

Captain John Terry may make a first start following his steady recovery from a knee problem but Rafa Benitez will be without Yossi Benayoun and Oriol Romeu (both knee).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Brentford currently lie third in League One, six points behind joint leaders Tranmere and Doncaster Rovers.
  • The Bees have only reached the fifth round of the FA Cup on six occasions since the Second World War.
  • Striker Clayton Donaldson is second in the League One scoring charts this season - he has 15 strikes. He is also joint-second in the scoring charts for the FA Cup, with four goals to his name.
  • Chelsea will have played their west London neighbours Fulham, QPR and Brentford in the same season for the first time ever following this cup tie.
  • The Blues are the current holders of the FA Cup, having defeated Liverpool 2-1 in last year's final. They have won the competition on seven occasions.
  • Brentford and Chelsea are separated by just six miles but have not played each other competitively since meeting in this competition 63 years ago.
  • Brentford's Griffin Park stadium famously has a pub on each of the four corners of the ground. Supporters may be pushed for time to frequent all of them before Sunday's game, however, with kick-off set for 12.00.

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31Simon MooreGoalkeeper
2Lee HodsonDefender
38Shaleum LoganDefender
-Tony CraigDefender
-Adam John ForshawMidfielder
-Harlee DeanMidfielder
-Jonathan DouglasMidfielder
21Toumani DiagouragaMidfielder
-Clayton DonaldsonStriker
-Harry ForresterStriker
42Marcello TrottaStriker
16Richard LeeGoalkeeper
16Scott BarronDefender
-Jake ReevesMidfielder
-Stuart DallasMidfielder
7Sam SaundersMidfielder
17Tom AdeyemiMidfielder
9Paul HayesStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
26John TerryDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
27Nathan AkeDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
19Demba BaStriker
8Juan MataStriker

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