Chelsea vs Brentford
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick off: 4pm
Chelsea host Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with the Blues set to make a host of changes to the squad that won comfortably against Hull City last weekend.
Asmir Begovic will start in goal for Chelsea amid growing speculation over his future. The stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Bournemouth, but manager Antonio Conte wants an able replacement before sanctioning any deal for the former Stoke City man.
He is also set to hand first team starts to the likes of Nathan Ake, Michy Batshuayi and Cesc Fabregas, with the trio struggling to make their way into the first team for the Premier League. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are likely to rested for the fixture, given the manager is set to prioritise the league over cup competitions, given they are currently eight points clear of their nearest challengers.
The Blues have a brilliant record at this stage pf the tournament and have been eliminated only twice in their last 20 appearances in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Blues have won 15 of their last 16 games in the league, losing only to Tottenham since the turn of the year.
The 2012/13 competition, where they beat Chelsea, was the last time Brentford made it beyond round three of the FA Cup and haven’t made the fifth round since 2005/06.
The Championship club do not have any new injury concerns for the game at Stamford Bridge.
Striker Scott Hogan, who has been linked with a move to West Ham, is unlikely to be included in the squad.
Chelsea Possible XI: Begovic, Zouma, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Aina, Chalobah, Fabregas, Ake, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.
Brentford Possible XI: Bentley, Egan, Dean, Bjelland, Colin, McEachran, Woods, Yennaris, Field, Swayers, Vibe.