English Premier League leader Chelsea is back in action this weekend as it travels to play the surprise package of the season, Brenford, on Saturday. Our sportsbook is offering great odds on an away win, but should we take it?
Brentford: Top-Flight Ascent
With just one game lost in seven, the newcomers are sitting seventh in the Premier League standings, a huge surprise for everyone. Let’s not forget that the Bees were the highest-scoring team in the Championship last season (79 goals in 46 games). We are talking about the Premier League but their approach is still the same.
Their scouting abilities are amazing, they buy low and sell big, which is a healthy management many EPL teams are just dreaming about. In the second-tier league, they were largely a possession-based side, but they smartly adapted their tactical priorities on the big stage, and they are capable of always mixing their game-by-game approach. They are priced at +550 to pull off the upset and beat Chelsea on Saturday with the latest betting online odds.
What we love about them is that this adjustment has not transformed them into a defensive side. They are that attack-minded team who play exciting passing football. And they have a lot of weapons to do that despite not having star players. Ivan Toney is one of their most important players. He’s great on aerial ball, clinical in the box and he possesses a brilliant technique. He clicked immediately with 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka, who was signed from Midtjylland and is a superb box-to-box player with great pace and power.
Their current approach is to get the ball fast to forwards Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo in a more direct manner, changing last term’s build-up attack with many passes and possession. This helped them surprise many teams this season. Their only defeat came at home to Brighton, and they failed to score in just two games.
Chelsea: Don’t expect mistakes
Chelsea is probably the most consistent team in European soccer. They are leading the Premier League standings with 16 points earned in seven games. After a superb start, they finally lost their first game (1-0 to Manchester City). Shockingly they also lost in the Champions League 1-0 at Juventus.
They immediately bounced back, beating Southampton 3-1 just before the international break. It’s normal to drop points and lose matches, but don’t expect Chelsea to make many mistakes during this season. They are fighting for the EPL title but also to defend their Champions League trophy. It’s normal to see Chelsea as favorites to win this match with the best soccer odds but we were expecting a lower price.
One of their most important players, N’Golo Kante, tested positive for Covid-19 just before the clash against Juventus, but the Blues have received a boost as Kante has returned to full training and will surely start against Brentford. Reece James is also back following his spell on the sidelines.
Brentford vs Chelsea Betting Picks
Brentford should see this as a great opportunity to beat the UCL winners and EPL leaders. They are playing in front of their fans and the atmosphere in the stands will be electric. They will probably not win this match, but we’re convinced they will bring their A game and not enter the pitch scared of their opponents.
Chelsea is one of the best defensive teams in Europe and Thomas Tuchel is obsessed with keeping clean sheets and being very organized at the back. But the Bees have scored 10 goals, with only Chelsea and Everton showing a better shot-conversion rate.
Chelsea will dominate possession and control the game, but Brentford doesn’t need too many chances to get on the scoreboard. We don’t see any value on Chelsea’s moneyline so we are going with both teams to score.