Brighton host reigning PL champions Chelsea in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday afternoon, in what should be a thrilling contest between the 2 sides, with both teams needing the win for different reasons.
Chelsea Team News;
Chelsea will be without 5 key players for the game on Saturday; Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after midweek red cards, while Gary Cahill, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are out injured.
Last Time Out; CFC 1-1 NCFC
Chelsea were forced to go into extra time in their F.A Cup replay with Norwich. Michy Batshuayi put the hosts in front, before Jamal Lewis equalised in the 94th minute. Pedro and Morata received their marching orders in the additional 30 minutes of play, before Chelsea won 5-3 on penalties.
Top Scorer; Morata (12)
Form; W, D, D, D, D, D
FACT; Chelsea can go winless for the first 3 PL games in a calendar year for the first time in 23 years.
Brighton Team News;
Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell is the only absentee.
Last Time Out; WBAFC 2-0 BHAFC
Brighton slumped to another away defeat against West Brom; Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson getting the goals
Top Scorer; Murray (7)
Form; W, L, D, D, W, L
FACT; Brighton have conceded the most set-pieced goals in the PL this season (16); however they have the 2nd best record when conceding from open play (8), Manchester United lead the way (7).
Earlier In The Season: CFC - BHAFC (26/12/17);
Brighton lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge; goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso sealed the points for the 2016/17 PL champions.
Brighton have won just once in 9 meetings with the Blues, while Chelsea have won the last 7 meetings; Brighton’s only win against them was at home in the first ever meeting. The Seagulls have scored in 3 of the 5 home games played, although Chelsea have scored in all 5.
Chelsea Likely Line-Up;
Rudiger, Christiansen, Azpilacueta;
Moses, Kante, Barkley, Alonso;
Brighton Likely Line-Up;
Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;
Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March;
Brighton 1-1 Chelsea