Brighton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 16th December 2018

Venue: Amex Stadium

Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

 

 

 

After a draw in Europe midweek, and a rest for some of our players, today’s game sees us take the trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton. We clung onto the game against City by our fingertips for the first 40 minutes last week but came back at them to pull off a pretty impressive win in their first defeat of the season. Will the momentum from last week still be with us today though, or will we maybe not fancy a cold day at the seaside? It’s hard to know which Chelsea will turn up, given consistency isn’t something we’ve seen much of from the players of late.

Chris Hughton has lost in his last 8 games against Chelsea and Brighton’s last win against us stretches back much further, so they’ll have nothing to lose in bringing the game to us. We’ve blown hot and cold for weeks but Sarri’s right about the motivation and determination needed, if we don’t go into this game with the same level of commitment we showed in the second half against City, Brighton might just pinch something from this one.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Brighton manager Chris Hughton says We know we have to start well. Chelsea reminded us of the levels of this league last season. Our level of performance at the moment is good – I thought we were unfortunate not to get anything from last weekend. That’s important because we have some tough matches coming up – you have to be in those games. You have to be part of a good defensive unit as well as standing up to the challenge individually on Sunday.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says “For us it is a very important match. We need to confirm our motivation and determination like we showed in the last match. We need these qualities with continuity because every match is three points. We need to improve, improve a lot. I agree this match for us is really very important. Maybe it is the most important in this season at this moment.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Brighton, Glenn Murray (shoulder) and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are available, Jose Izquierdo (knee) will need a late test and Shane Duffy is out through suspension.

For Chelsea, Kovacic remains out and Alvaro Morata is doubtful. Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante should all return.

 

TEAMS

BRIGHTON (Possible line-up): Ryan; Bruno, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Gross, Propper, Bissouma; Knockaert, Murray, March

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante; Barkley, Willian, Hazard; Giroud

 

LAST SEASON

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea (20th January 2018)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

BRIGHTON: LLDWWL

CHELSEA: WDLWLW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have won all six of their league games against Brighton
  • Brighton are looking for their first win over Chelsea since 1933.
  • Brighton have lost the last eight meetings, conceding 18 goals and scoring one.
  • Brighton have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League home games
  • Chelsea have lost their last two Premier League away games.
  • Chelsea have only won five of the last 11, drawing four and losing two.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Brighton 0-2 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Brighton 1-2 Chelsea


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