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Ricardo Carvalho and Juliano Belletti will both be given reserve run-outs tonight (Monday) at Brentford in a game that can be seen live on Chelsea TV. As the season draws to a busy climax, Michael Mancienne and Franco Di Santo join their fellow first team squad members for action in what is the reserve team's penultimate league fixture of the season.

Carvalho, who was on the FA Cup semi-final bench against Arsenal following appearances against Liverpool and Bolton, has played for the second string once this season as part of his recovery from hamstring difficulties.

Belletti's last first team action was away at Spurs a month ago.

In goal, 18-year-old Czech Jan Sebek retains his place having begun the last two reserve matches. Seventeen year-old Frank Nouble continues to enjoy a place in attack.

Reserve manager Paul Clement will be looking for a first win in six against the Barclays Premier Reserve League South's bottom club.

Chelsea sit two points ahead of the West Midlanders but having played two games more. When we met at The Hawthorns in November, the Blues went down 1-0 to an early goal in what was the first game after the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Scorer that night was Ajax youth product Sherjil McDonald who doesn't feature for the Baggies tonight.

Youssouf Mulumbu, an on-loan PSG midfielder, does play however as he overcomes injury and Chris Wood, Do-heon Kim and Juan Carlos Menseguez are other senior players involved.

The Chelsea team tonight is:

Jan Sebek, Juliano Belletti, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Liam Bridcutt, Michael Mancienne, Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Nouble, Jeffrey Bruma, Franco Di Santo, Jacob Mellis, Patrick van Aanholt.

Subs: Nick Heimann, Sam Hutchinson, Tom Taiwo, Jacopo Sala, Fabio Borini.

West Brom:

Ryan Allsop, Dwayne Samuels, Tom Waghorne, Joss Labadie, Cameron Gayle, Paul Downing, Kim Do-Heon, Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Wood, Juan Carlos Menseguez, Josh Knight

Subs: Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Romaine Sawyers, Sam Manton, Kayleden Brown, Ashley Lovell.

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 as part of Chelsea TV's Monday Night Live programme, which includes post-match analysis with former Blue Jason Cundy following the Blues' 2-1 FA Cup win on Saturday afternoon as well as highlights from the game.

There's post-match reaction from John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard before all the latest ticket news ahead of our midweek clash with Everton.

Then, before the reserve game kicks off, Paul Clement will preview the match direct from Griffin Park while the club's official television channel offers a live, pitchside report and all the team news first.

Source: Chelsea FC

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Not too keen on the mish-mash team selection. Too many defenders, there will be a lot of people playing out of position. If everyone played their natural positions we would line up like this:

........................................Sebek...................................

...........

Belletti..Nana.........Carvalho..Mancienne..Bruma.......Van Aanholt

............................Bridcutt........Mellis..............................

..........

............................Nouble.........Di Santo....................................

But i am sure that will be played around with and we will end up with something like this:

.......................................Sebek....................................

..

Nana.................Carvalho............Bruma..........Van Aanholt

.........................Mancienne......Bridcutt.............................

......................................Mellis....................................

....

Belletti...........................Di Santo............................Nouble

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Juliano Belletti played one hour and scored one goal of a reserve team outing that also saw Ricardo Carvalho complete the first half without problems. They were the senior players in a selection that asked several to play in less familiar roles including Michael Mancienne at left-back. In front of a watching Guus Hiddink, the England Under 21 international was outmanoeuvred on a couple of occasions in the first half but generally acquitted himself well and was always prepared to play a part in getting the team moving forward.

Belletti began the match at right -back and would open the scoring but each time the Blues went ahead, Patrick van Aanholt the scorer of the second goal, West Brom pulled level after some less than auspicious defending.

Up front for the Blues was Franco Di Santo, flanked by 17-year-old Frank Nouble on the right and Van Aanholt, more usually a left-back, on the other flank.

There was an early run down the wing and round the back by Nouble but the ball into a crowded six-yard box couldn't pick out a blue shirt.

Chelsea then escaped after a Nana Ofori-Twumasi mistake in central defence when West Brom's winger Juan Carlos Menseguez shot straight at Nic Heimann, a last-minute starter in goal after original selection Jan Sebek fell ill.

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The first goal came on 13 minutes and was the fruit of a neat short-passing move into the box with Mellis finding Belletti for a shot of supreme accuracy into the top corner.

Just three minutes after that opener, Jeffery Bruma who started in midfield rather than his usual centre-back role (he recently played in the middle of the park at junior international level too) glided past two tackles to set up Mellis for a blocked shot.

One of the best pieces of football of the night came on 25 minutes, Belletti pulling out the tricks on the touchline to send Nouble bursting past the left-back. The cross was well-flighted but Van Aanholt at the far post sent a strongly-contested header wide.

The manner in which Chelsea allowed West Brom to draw level on 34 minutes was disappointing - a Bridcutt pass going astray and West Brom quickly moving the ball forward into a gap from where Menseguez finished low past Heimann.

Birdcutt, the reserve team captain, had the chance to quickly make amends when he found himself in an advanced position as the ball came into the box but both shots in a double effort were blocked.

Six minutes before the break it took a good reaction stop from Baggies keeper Ryan Allsop to keep out a rocket from Belletti after he had again combined with Mellis.

However Chelsea were not to be denied a half-time lead.

The lively Belletti advanced and played forward to Bruma who was chopped down by Tom Waghorne, earning the game's first booking.

From the free-kick 20-yards out, Bruma's colleague in the Dutch Under 19 side, Van Aanholt, curled the ball into the bottom corner. It was a fine strike.

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Carvalho's half-time replacement was Sam Hutchinson, continuing a return from his lengthy knee trouble. Bridcutt dropped back to play alongside the sub in central defence with Ofori-Twumasi pushing wide and Belletti now in midfield.

After a minute, Hutchinson was putting in a challenge in the area to cut out Menseguez's attack.

Nouble had a difficult 53rd minute opportunity after the West Brom keeper scuffed a clearance but from 40 yards out on the right, he shot wide.

Bruma was booked for a 55th minute foul after he has initially given away possession and West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu was soon too follow into the book.

Following Belletti's withdrawal, Bruma dropped back into defence but Chelsea were not reacting well to second ball challenges.

From one such moment Menseguez shot straight at Heimann.

Chelsea broke what had been a stagnant period of the game by counter attacking swiftly with 20 minutes to go. Substitute Borini's ball from midfield was crossed back by Van Aanholt for the otherwise quiet Di Santo to smash first-time just wide.

West Brom were showing next to nothing in attack in the second half which made the manner of the second equaliser as disappointing as the first.

The Baggies had won a free-kick which was poorly taken as it banged into the centre of the wall. But with the ball falling loose into the area, again no-one in Blue reacted with anything like the required haste and Menseguez was left to shoot home for his second of the game.

The late goal by the bottom of the table side denied Chelsea a first win in six and it took a good diving save by Heimann from another free-kick, taken by Kim Do-Heon, to prevent West Brom winning it in stoppage time.

'We played well in the first half,' reserve team manager Paul Clement told Chelsea TV.

'Unfortunately mistakes led to a soft goal but we got ourselves back into a good position and then another soft goal went in. The wall did its job but on the second phase the ball bounced around in there forever and it should have been dealt with. In the second half we didn't create so much. But you have to be gritty like our first team are and we battled hard.

'The senior professionals applied themselves excellently, they know they need to keep themselves sharp. Michael [Mancienne] is ever so versatile and I thought he played well.'

Chelsea: Nic Heimann; Juliano Belletti (Fabio Borini 60), Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Ricardo Carvalho (Sam Hutchinson h-t), Michael Mancienne; Jeffrey Bruma, Liam Bridcutt, Jacob Mellis; Frank Nouble (Jacopo Sala 84), Franco Di Santo, Patrick van Aanholt.

West Brom: Ryan Allsop; Dwayne Samuels, Cameron Gayle, Paul Downing, Tom Waghorne; Youssouf Mulumbu, Joss Labadie; Josh Knight (Lateef Elford-Alliyu65), Kim Do-Heon, Juan Carlos Menseguez; Chris Wood.

Source: Chelsea FC

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Well in the end the formation was pretty unusual to say the least:

.................................Heimann.......................................

Belletti...........Nana....................Carvalho.........Mancienne

......................Bridcutt.............Bruma.............................

...................................Mellis.......................................

...

Nouble.......................Di Santo.......................Van Aanholt

The game wasn't a classic, the number of players playing out of positon for me made the game harder than it needed to be. We probably should have won the game but West Brom played well and cause us enough problems.

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