Brighton vs Chelsea Preview
Watch Brighton vs Chelsea Preview, as both teams have a meeting in a Premier league fixtures, as they meet at Stamford Bridge at weekend. As Chelsea stands in the 11th position of the points table, Brighton stands in the 7th position of the premier league table.
The two teams have experienced contrasting runs of form for a number of months in the top flight, with the Blues winning just four of their last 21 games and the Seagulls losing only four of their last 18 matches.
For the first time since 1993, Chelsea have failed to score in four successive matches across all competitions, with their latest toothless performance coming at the Santiago Bernabeu in a 2-0 defeat with 10 men against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, either side of Ben Chilwell’s dismissal, helped Los Blancos take control of the tie, and the West Londoners have it all to do in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge next week.
An implausible Champions League triumph represents Chelsea’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s tournament as they are still languishing in 11th place in the Premier League table, 17 points behind the top four having played a game more than fourth-placed Manchester United.
Frank Lampard is yet to make the desired impact as Chelsea interim boss and he has eight top-flight games remaining to salvage something positive from what has been a forgettable Premier League season. Another setback could all but end their hopes of European qualification altogether, though, as they currently sit seven points adrift of Saturday’s opponents Brighton in seventh who have two matches in hand.
Chelsea’s form at Stamford Bridge has left a little to be desired since the turn of the year, having won only two of their last eight Premier League home matches. The Blues have also drawn their last two home games with Brighton, although they were victorious in each of their previous five against the Seagulls on their own turf, including a 2-0 win in September 2019 during Lampard’s first spell in charge against none other than Graham Potter.
Team News and Injury
Chelsea centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly pulled up with a hamstring injury against Real Madrid and Lampard has confirmed that the Senegal international will spend “weeks” on the sidelines. Carney Chukwuemeka (knock) is doubtful, while Armando Broja (knee) is out for the season.
Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount all returned to the matchday squad in midweek after spells on the sidelines with injuries and will be available for selection against Brighton, as will Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Datro Fofana who were all ineligible to play in the Champions League.
N’Golo Kante is at risk of being taken out of the first XI as Lampard looks to manage the Frenchman’s minutes having only just recovered from a lengthy spell out with a hamstring injury, with the likes of Mount, Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all in contention to start in centre-midfield alongside Enzo Fernandez and Mateo Kovacic.
Should Lampard decide to switch formation and name three attackers in his first XI, Kai Havertz – who scored against the Seagulls earlier this season – could be recalled to play alongside Joao Felix and Raheem Sterling.
As for Brighton, Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill is ineligible to face his parent club, while Adam Lallana (thigh), Jeremy Sarmiento (ankle) and Jakub Moder (knee) remain out due to injury. De Zerbi has also revealed that a couple of unnamed players will need to be assessed ahead of the trip to West London.
The absence of Colwill, who started against Spurs, will likely see Adam Webster recalled to the first XI to play alongside captain Lewis Dunk at centre-back.
Former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey has missed the last six games in all competitions with a knee problem and remains doubtful; Joel Veltman is expected to start at right-back should Lamptey miss out again.
In-demand midfield duo Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister are set to keep their places in the first XI along with star wingers Mitoma and Solly March, while either Evan Ferguson or Danny Welbeck is expected to lead the line.
Chelsea vs Brighton head-to-head stats
In 12 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Chelsea have won six games, lost two and drawn four. German attacker Kai Havertz has eight goal contributions in 26 league starts for Chelsea this season.
Left-back Ben Chilwell has four goal contributions in 11 league starts for Chelsea so far. Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma has 11 goal contributions in 16 league starts for Brighton & Hove Albion this season
Argentina international Alexis Mac Allister has nine goal contributions in 24 league starts for Brighton & Hove Albion so far.
Chelsea vs Brighton Prediction
Chelsea’s well-documented struggles in front of goal have hindered their progress throughout this season, but they may have greater success in attack against a Brighton side who have conceded in 12 of their 14 Premier League away games this season.
Nevertheless, a closely-fought contest between two teams, who can ill-afford to drop more points in their quest to secure European football for next season, is expected at Stamford Bridge, which could see the spoils shared on Saturday.