(Sporting Alert) — Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, who was in a midweek incident with a Swansea ball boy, will miss Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Brentford at Griffin Park.
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However, the visitors are safe bet at 1/4, according to Sky, to crush the hosts on the road.
Hazard will be out as he starts a three-match suspension handed down by the FA for his sending off for violent conduct in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Central defender David Luiz is also ruled out of the game because of an ankle injury.
This may open the door for captain John Terry to make a return to the starting line-up for his first start since November.
Rafa Benitez will again have to decide on whether to start with Fernando Torres or Demba Ba in the forward position.
Meanwhile, defender Jake Bidwell is suspended and is out of the Brentford squad.
Scott Barron is set to start for the League One side Brentford, who is at 9/1 to create an upset on Sunday.
Meanwhile, by his own admission, interim manager Benitez is hoping to stay with the English Premier League side past the summer and will be looking to make sure his team doesn’t slip against Brentford and put a dent in his chances.
He said: “I want to be at a top side and Chelsea is a top side with great potential.
“It is a great opportunity.
“I’ve had private conversations with the people in charge and the owner. They know my ideas, they listen to me, we talk and they have to decide.
“I came in mid-season, so I could not change too much and had to work with the squad I had.
“I gave my opinions, we signed a striker and we’re trying to do what is best for the team and the club.
“This is a top side and if they continue to do things the right way they’ll challenge for trophies.”
Chelsea Squad: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Terry, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Marin, Torres, Ba, Ake, Saville, Turnbull.