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Ricardo Quaresma, Mineiro and Miroslav Stoch will all start tonight's reserve clash with Portsmouth. Quaresma was an unused sub against Watford on Saturday, but will be in action tonight as Paul Clement's men see their first competitive match in over a month.

Clement has selected a somewhat experienced side to host Pompey; with four squad players starting as Franco Di Santo also finds himself in the line-up.

The game provides Guus Hiddink with the opportunity to cast his eye over the form and fitness of Quaresma, who made his debut against Hull City nine days ago.

Last time out against Pompey, Chelsea's second string, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, were 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from substitute Fabio Borini, who will start this evening.

That win back at the end of September was the reserves' last victory in league action, since suffering narrow defeats to Aston Villa, West Brom and West Ham.

The reserves last outing ended a draw with Fulham in January, as each side secured a goal, and it was Stoch who scored from the penalty spot in that game.

Since then we have had several fixtures postponed, and still have eight games, half of the fixture list, left to play. Chelsea are sixth in the Reserve League South, with 10 points from eight games, while Portsmouth are one place and one point below, with one less game played.

The full Chelsea team tonight is:

Rhys Taylor; Tom Taiwo, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Liam Bridcutt ©, Patrick van Aanholt; Michael Woods, Fabio Borini, Mineiro; Miroslav Stoch, Franco Di Santo, Ricardo Quaresma.

Subs: Niclas Heimann, Jacob Mellis, Frank Nouble, Fabio Ferreira, Morten Neilsen.

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 fixture will be broadcast live as part of Chelsea TV's Monday Night Live programme from 6.30pm.

Jason Cundy offers his expert insight into the game, as well as reviewing the weekend's action against Watford as the club's official television channel has post-match reaction from Michael Mancienne, Ray Wilkins and hat-trick hero Nicolas Anelka.

Source: Chelsea FC

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Strong attacking side, defence not so strong though. Looks like a 4-4-2 from that selection.....

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

Taiwo...............Nana..................Bridcutt.....Van Aanholt

Quaresma...........Woods............Miniero.................Stoch

............................Borini...........Di Santo.......................

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Best reserve performance I've ever seen. It was a joy to watch.

Hiddink and Wilkins were there.

It was a good game but i wouldn't go that far. The performance was a little scrappy for the majority and Portsmouth were pretty awful. But the result was excellant and the front 3 played very well indeed.

Stoch, Di Santo and Quaresma all did very well indeed, Stoch playing the best for me despite not scoring, Pompey couldn't handle him. Di Santo was very impressive and could have had 4 if it was not for some very unselfish play and putting goals on a plate for others.

Defence was a little suspect as i thought it would be but Nana Ofori is becomming a little bit of a liability. He is struggling to go up a level now that other players have caught up with him physically.

Highlights will be up as soon as possible.

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Excellent performance from the guys, really impressed by di Santo. Yet again.

It really is crazy that he has not had any chances. Every time he has been asked to come on and make a difference he has, he has been unlucky not to score twice and was influential when he came on against Stoke and other games too. And this is with 10/15 minutes in a game to try and do something.

His playing time has been massively limited because he has hardly played for the reserves either, firstly because their games have been few and far between and also because of his first team commitments.

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