In the upcoming Premier League match on Wednesday, Chelsea will host their west London rivals Brentford at Stamford Bridge, as Frank Lampard seeks his first win as interim Blues manager.
After failing to arrest the team’s slump under previous manager Graham Potter, Lampard is under immense pressure to deliver results, with rumors of Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment becoming more concrete.
With Chelsea having very little left to play for this season, failing to beat Brentford, a team they have traditionally dominated, would be a significant indication of how far they have fallen. Despite Lampard’s legendary status at the club, this could very well be his final stint with the team, and it would be a remarkably meek end to his tenure.
On the other hand, Brentford will look to capitalize on this opportunity to climb up the Premier League table and potentially secure European qualification. A win against Chelsea would bring them within three points of seventh-placed Liverpool.
Reece James, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz are not expected to feature for Chelsea due to injuries, while Conor Gallagher, who scored the only goal of Lampard’s short reign so far, is pushing to start. For Brentford, Christian Norgaard is unavailable, while Pontus Jansson will not play again this season, and Kevin Schade will be available for selection.
The stage is set for what promises to be an exciting London derby, with both teams looking to secure all three points for very different reasons.