Three Chelsea players to look out for ahead of West London Derby against Brentford

Chelsea will look to win their sixth consecutive league game as they host Brentford at Stamford Bridge, looking to cement their league position in third.

Brentford will make the short trip to Stamford Bridge, looking to bounce back after their 2-1 defeat away at Leicester.

Here are three Chelsea players we think you should keep an eye out for ahead of a match that should see Chelsea claim all three points.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Chelsea’s Xavier Simons (left) and Brentford’s Rico Henry (right) during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Brentford and Chelsea at Brentford Community Stadium on December 22, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by David Horton – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Kai Havertz thriving as false nine as he looks to continue dazzling form against Brentford

With five goals and assists in his last three appearances, Kai Havertz will surely be expected to start against Brentford this weekend as he looks to maintain his form.

His off-the-ball movement, touch and finish for his goal against Newcastle was exquisite. Since being given the opportunity to play as false nine for a extended run of games, the German certainly hasn’t failed to impress Thomas Tuchel.

The approach play and overall fluidity in Chelsea’s attack has been noticeably clear with Havertz dropping deeper into pockets of space to free up space for teammates either side of him to exploit.

Should he start against Brentford, with Real Madrid coming up next week, he will certainly be a player to keep an eye out for. His confidence in front of goal has undoubtedly grown since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Reece James back from injury and could possibly start

Chelsea were handed a fitness boost earlier in the week as it was confirmed that Reece James has returned to full-team training after spending some lengthy time out injured.

The right wing-back who has been evidently missed by the team this season could possibly start against Brentford or be brought on as a substitute to help build match fitness.

He may well be needed against Brentford as they will look to nullify the threat of our wing-backs offensively. His crossing ability, technical quality, physical prowess has been nothing short of exceptional for Chelsea this season.

The Englishman has five goals and six assists in the Premier League this season despite missing a huge chunk due to injury. The likelihood is that he will come on as a sub against Brentford and maybe get a start against Real Madrid next week.

Thiago Silva’s set to produce another faultless display

Composure, aerial threat, technical ability, defensive awareness and leadership. The Brazilian has it all and has nothing been short of world-class this season.

Arguably the best centre-back in the world currently, Silva’s experience and leadership may well be needed against a Brentford side who will likely start Ivan Toney up top as lone striker.

His ability to break lines as well as his long passing ability has been overlooked by many this season. With a passing accuracy of 92%, Silva will pose a huge threat against Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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