With Matchday 24 of the Premier League set to kick-off, Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways as they travel to American Express Community Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.
Chelsea suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Manchester City. With the defeat, the blues fall down to 3rd in the Premier League table. The European champions have picked up 43 points from 22 league games so far this term.
Chelsea Premier League form: DDWDDL
While Brighton could only manage a 1-1 draw with M23 rivals Crystal Palace on Friday. Brighton are currently 9th in the Premier League table, they have picked up 28 points from 20 league games.
Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League form: DLWDWD
Both the clubs will be looking to get back to winning ways. Chelsea will be hoping to get their title challenge back on track. While Brighton will be hoping to cause an upset and grab something from the clash.
- Brighton have drawn their last two league meetings against Chelsea.
- Chelsea have never lost a league game against Brighton. Winning ten and drawing three of the 13 league clashes.
- Chelsea saw their 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended by Manchester City on Saturday.
- While Brighton are currently on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with three matches in this sequence ending in draws.
- Each of Brighton’s last four matches have seen both sides find the back of the net.
Brighton will be without Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu for the Chelsea clash. While Adam Lallana picked up a knock in the Crystal Palace clash and remains a minor doubt for the clash.
Lewis Dunk could be back from his knee injury and could be fit enough to make the bench. The home side will be without Yves Bissouma who is involved in the AFCON. Tariq Lamptey featured off the bench in the last game but should be in contention to start the Chelsea clash.
The blues are without full-back pair Reece James and Ben Chilwell. While centre-back duo Trevor Chalobah is ruled out due to injury, Andreas Christensen is also ruled out after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Spanish goalkeeper Kepa will start again in goal, with Mendy involved in the AFCON. While Mason Mount and Timo Werner will possibly join Romelu Lukaku in attack after the disappointing attacking display against Manchester City.
Chelsea predicted lineup:
Kepa; Rudiger, T Silva, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Werner
Brighton predicted lineup:
Sanchez; Lamptey, Webster, Burn, Cucurella; Gross, Lallana, Moder, Mac Allister; Trossard, Maupay
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