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In a highly-anticipated match, Chelsea will welcome local rivals Brentford to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as the Blues continue to search for their first win under interim manager Frank Lampard.
After a dismal run of results under Graham Potter, Lampard was brought in to steady the ship and start building momentum for next season. However, with rumours swirling about the imminent appointment of Mauricio Pochettino, Lampard will be eager to secure a victory to remind the Chelsea faithful of his capabilities.
While the Blues have little to play for in the league at this point, Lampard will be determined to avoid further embarrassment by failing to beat a team they have so often dominated in the past. The club legend’s reputation may remain intact, but this would be a disappointing end to what is likely his final spell involved with Chelsea.
On the other hand, Brentford are still dreaming of potential European qualification and a win against their local rivals could bring them within touching distance of seventh-placed Liverpool. While they will be missing Christian Norgaard, they will have Kevin Schade available for selection.
As for Chelsea, they will once again be without Reece James and Mason Mount for the remainder of the season. Kai Havertz will also miss out, but Conor Gallagher is pushing for a starting spot after scoring the only goal of the mini-Lampard era so far in their defeat to Brighton.
Overall, this promises to be an exciting encounter between two local rivals with contrasting aspirations for the rest of the season.