Crystal Palace are desperate for a win and it will not be easy for them when they host London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

Despite the surge in covid cases in their squad, Chelsea desperately need a win in the EFL Cup quarterfinal away at Brentford.

The Blues are coming into the game three days after being held to yet another draw by Wolves in the English Premier League.

Postponements against Man United and Southampton means the match against Watford on December 12 was Brentford’s last outing.

Chelsea secured a place in the last eight of the competition by beating Southampton 4-3 on penalties, while Brentford beat Stoke City 2-1.

Who will make it into the semis? Play here to make your predictions.

What time does Brentford vs Chelsea start?

The match will be played on Wednesday at 10:45pm Kenyan time at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Brentford vs Chelsea team news

David Raya, Julian Jeanvier, Joshua Dasilva and Kristoffer Ajer are all sidelined through injury.

Ivan Toney reportedly tested negative for the virus and is expected to be back in the starting line-up.

As many as 13 staff members and players tested positive for COVID-19 last week, which is expected to affect their performance here.

For the visitors, Trevoh Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech are doubtful after picking up knocks in the stalemate at Wolves.

Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell have all tested positive and will miss the game.

Jorginho returns to the squad and the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Ross Barkley all set to start on Wednesday.

Brentford vs Chelsea head to head

These teams have played 4 games against each other and Brentford are still yet to win.

Chelsea have been victorious on three occasions, while one match ended in a draw.

Brentford vs Chelsea current form

The Bees have won just once in their last 5 matches, drawing twice and losing the same amount of games.

The Blues have drawn three times, lost once and won just one in their last five games.

Brentford vs Chelsea prediction

It’s a tough one to call with all that is going in their squads but Chelsea have a better squad on paper and should be enough to see them through.

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