BRENTFORD (Sporting Alert) — John Terry has been handed his first start for Chelsea since November in today’s FA Cup clash with with Brentford here at Griffin Park.
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Terry starts this afternoon alongside Gary Cahill at center-half, with Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole playing as the wing-backs.
Manager Rafa Benitez has decided to start with Fernando Torres in his forward line, with Demba Ba back on the bench.
Marko Marin, Ryan Bertrand, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Oscar all start as well, but first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech is out because of a minor knock, manager Benitez confirmed.
Juan Mata and Yossi Benayoun are amongst the substitutes today.
Meanwhile, Brentford is without defender Jake Bidwell, who is out because of suspension.
Harry Forrester, Marcello Trotta, Shaluem Logan and Toumani Diagouraga are all starters today, as Brentford made four changes from the side that played in its last outing, which ended 2-2 with Leyton Orient.
Brentford v Chelsea
Brentford: Moore, Hodson, Craig, Dean, Logan, Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga, Donaldson, Trotta, Forrester. Subs: Lee, Barron, Saunders, Adeyemi, Dallas, Reeves, Hayes
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Marin, Oscar, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Mata, Ferreira, Azpilicueta, Ba, Benayoun, Ake
Referee: Jon Moss