Brentford snatched a 2-0 win away at Chelsea on Saturday thanks to a header by defender Ethan Pinnock and a last-minute breakaway goal by Bryan Mbeumo as the expensively assembled Blues failed to turn possession into goals once again. Chelsea have now won only one of their last 13 home league games, a dismal run stretching back into last season when they fired managers Thomas Tuchel and then Graham Potter.
The hosts started the west London derby on the front foot and winger Noni Madueke almost broke the deadlock in the first half when his curling shot hit the crossbar with 10 minutes on the clock. But Brentford soaked up everything Chelsea could throw at them with centre forward Nicolas Jackson, back in the starting 11 after an injury, unable to provide much of a threat.
Brentford leap-frogged their neighbours into 10th spot, while Chelsea dropped to 11th ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge.
After a tricky start to life as Chelsea manager for Mauricio Pochettino, things have started to pick up in recent weeks for the Argentine. Having picked up just five points from their opening six matches, Chelsea have now made it three matches without defeat, having followed up back-to-back wins against Fulham and Burnley with a 2-2 draw against London rivals Arsenal last time out. However, they will be kicking themselves for not taking home all three points, having thrown away a two goal lead, with late goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard earning the Gunners a point at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have now won more points (7) and scored more goals (8) in their last three Premier League games than they did in their previous nine beforehand (6 points, 7 goals).
Brentford, meanwhile, finally put three points on the board with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Burnley last weekend as they ended their six game run without a win (D3, L3). It was just their second victory for Brentford this season, having won their second match of the camapign against Fulham, but the story of the season for Brentford so far has been draws, with four to date, including against Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Bees are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League London derby matches (W6 D6), their longest run without defeat against fellow London sides in their league history. Away from home they’ve won their last three such games, never winning four in a row on the road before.