In Fulham Road
We welcome Chelsea’s toddler team for this, our second game in the group stage of the prestigious EFL Trophy. Following the draw against Bristol Rovers we are currently 2nd in the table by virtue of our penalty shoot-out win against The Gas. Chelsea are without a point so far, having lost 2-1 at Oxford United in their opener - incidentally one of Oxford’s goals was scored by Dan Agyei - remember him?
Other performances by Chelsea’s u21 side are meaningless in the context of this game, as is trying to assess what opposition we will be facing … bear in mind that the Chelsea u21 squad has 33 members, plus another 8 out on loan far and wide, so they will have more bodies to choose from than will Darrell Clarke!!
We can expect a competitive meeting though - against Oxford United the Chelsea babes were 2-0 down at half-time but fought back to make it 2-1 at the close. A prediction could well depend upon the number and depth of tinkerings that Darrell thinks up… well, let’s say 1-0 to the Saddlers, with Wes on target.