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Chelsea's reserve players will have the chance for their first competitive action for over a month tonight (Monday) with a home match against Fulham. The game is at Brentford's Griffin Park with a 7pm kick-off. Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for oaps/juvs, free to season ticket holders.

The game will be broadcast live on Chelsea TV.

A full preview will appear here later.

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A very interesting game this one, we are likely to get our first glimpse of Franco Di Santo, who i believe played and scored in a behind doors friendly recently. Could also be an outing for Ivanovic and he gets match fitness. And with the likes of Sahar, Stoch and Sinclair as well as Kakuta and Tejera there could be a very strong team selection tonight.

Although we will be missing Bridcutt and a few other so the defense may look a little different but with Nana, Magnay ect.. available it should still be a strong side.

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This Monday sees Chelsea’s first reserve match since the transfer window closed at the end of January, and it was a window that will have an interesting impact on Brendan Rodgers’ selection at this level. For the visit of Fulham, we could see one or two new faces in blue.

Franco Di Santo signed late in the month for some £4m from Chilean outfit Audax Italiano. The 18 year-old, by his own admission, needs some time to acclimatise to the English game, and expects to be a reserve team player for the rest of this season. He started his Blues career well enough, scoring a header in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Colchester last week, and is set to lead the line at Griffin Park, where Chelsea fans can get their first looks at the boy labelled ‘Crespito’.

Also signed in January was Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic, for £9m from Lokomotiv Moscow. Ivanovic is expected to be a major part of Avram Grant’s senior squad but having not played a competitive match in six weeks due to the ending of the Russian season, he needs match practice. The right-back or centre-back also featured in the reserve outing against Colchester last week and may get some action against Fulham ahead of the FA Cup tie against Huddersfield next weekend.

Indeed, looking forward to that tie are the likes of Scott Sinclair and Ben Sahar, two of the brightest reserve talents with first-team experience. The two are likely to be involved on Monday, perhaps featuring in a trident attack with Di Santo, or with Miroslav Stoch. Regardless, they will hope to impress enough to earn a start against upcoming League One opponents, and to avoid an injury that may rule them out of that game.

January also saw the loan departures of Liam Bridcutt, Adrian Pettigrew, and Anthony Grant, as well as the extended loans of Jack Cork and Ryan Bertrand, and Harry Worley being allowed a trial at Leicester with a view to a permanent move. Consequently, there are some holes in the team to fill in, and a decreased amount of ‘dead wood’ in the team. The likes of Ofori-Twumasi, Bruma, Taiwo, Mellis, and Kakuta should get ample time over the remainder of the season to really press on and perhaps earn a loan move for next season. With Bridcutt’s departure to Yeovil, and Sam Hutchinson still likely to be absent injured, the team may turn to Carl Magnay to captain the side.

Whoever Rodgers selects, they’re pretty likely to be up against an extremely experienced Fulham side. With Lawrie Sanchez last summer bringing in some twenty players and Roy Hodgson doing his level best to match that number in the transfer window, the Cottagers have a huge first-team squad, which leaves a number of players playing in their reserve team.

Last time out against Arsenal the team featured Tony Warner, Jimmy Bullard and Lee Cook, and previously against Tottenham the likes of Moritz Volz and Adrian Leijer turned out. However, Billy McKinlay can also call upon some extremely talented young footballers, such as centre-back Matthew Briggs, winger Lino Goncalves, and striker Lewis Smith alongside perennial reserve team striker Ishmael Ehui.

Back in October Fulham triumphed 3-2 at Motspur Park with goals from Leijer, Collins John, and Shefki Kuqi. Chelsea’s team saw Wayne Bridge sent off on his return to action from an injury layoff.

Kick off is at 7pm at Brentford’s Griffin Park stadium. Admission is just £5 for adults and £3 for juniors / senior citizens (cash at the turnstiles) and is free for Chelsea Season Ticket holders on production of their card. Why not go along and support the Blues?

In terms of getting to Griffin Park, the nearest train station is Brentford, which can be reached by a regular service from Waterloo and Clapham Junction. By tube, Gunnersbury is about one mile from the ground on the District Line. A match report will follow on CFCnet.

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Interesting to see if they do play, and would be a good game to watch anyway.

Whats the source of this ? CFC net ?

Di Santo was obviously told that he will be starting out with the reserves which is why he made the comments he did a while ago! So i would be pretty certain he will play considering the limited reserves games there are anyway.

That in itself is more than enough reason to make this game one to watch....

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Franco Di Santo, the 18-year-old Argentine centre-forward who joined in January, can be seen in competitive action for the first time tonight at Brentford. It's a match live on Chelsea TV.

Di Santo, who scored in a reserve friendly at Cobham last week, will be joined in taking the attack to Fulham by Ben Sahar, fresh from his first goal of the season last week when playing for Israel Under 21s.

It will be Sahar's first reserves action of the season having returned from loan at QPR and the added fire power, along with first team squad member Scott Sinclair, will be determined to break a run of six games without a goal by the young Blues at this level.

With Liam Bridcutt, Anthony Grant and Adrian Pettigrew all going out on loan in the last fortnight, chance of reserve action increases for the youth team that has made the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals. Star of the win over Leicester in the last round, 16-year-old Gaël Kakuta, is on the bench.

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With Bridcutt currently at Yeovil, Jimmy Smith takes the captaincy.

Tonight's match is the first for the reserves in over a month, the away game versus Spurs having been postponed. The new date for that game is Monday 14 April, kick-off 7pm at Leyton Orient FC.

Back in October, Chelsea Reserves played Fulham away, a night most remembered for a harsh sending-off for Wayne Bridge. Despite a spirited Blues display, Fulham won 3-2 with the Chelsea goals scored by Stoch and Sinclair. The latter strike, from the spot, was the most recent reserve team goal.

The Chelsea line-up tonight is: Rhys Taylor, Shaun Cummings, Carl Magnay, Patrick van Aanholt, Jimmy Smith ©, Jacob Mellis, Sergio Tejera, Michael Woods, Ben Sahar, Franco Di Santo, Scott Sinclair.

Subs: Nick Heimann, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Gael Kakuta, Fabio Ferreira, Miroslav Stoch.

Kick-off is 7pm and admission is £5 for adults, £3 for oaps/juvs, free to season ticket holders. The nearest railway station to Griffin Park is Brentford, which is easily accessible by rail from both Waterloo and Clapham Junction. Gunnersbury is the nearest tube station which is only a mile away from the ground on the District Line.

If you can't make it to the game, you can watch it live as part of Chelsea TV's Monday Night Live.

The programme will start with all Chelsea's latest news. For the match, Scott Minto will provide expert analysis and Clive Walker co-commentates.

After the final whistle, Minto and Gigi Salmon will be taking phone calls and emails from supporters on any Chelsea-related matters. If you have a question, you can send it now to [email protected]

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Not too sure how that is going to line up!! Jimmy Smith playing left back?

............................Taylor...........................

Cummings....Magnay.....Van Aanholt....Smith

Tejera.........Woods.........Mellis..........Sinclair

..................Di Santo......Sahar....................

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............................Taylor...........................

Cummings....Magnay.....Van Aanholt....Smith

............................Tejera...........................

...................Woods........Mellis....................

Sahar..................Di Santo...............Sinclair

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Really looking forward to seeing what he can do tonight.

I think everyone is to be honest, the first look at a top prospect player is always exciting, although we do have to bear in mind that he hasn't been here long as is still getting used to the country/style of play ect.. and Fulham are likely to field a very strong team like they usually do.

Will also be good to see Sahar playing again, been a long while since we saw him in action. And it can't be bad to look at the bench and see player like Kakuta and Stoch waiting to come on should things not be going well.

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