Chelsea barely escaped defeat against Cardiff, with two late goals from Loftus-Cheek and Azpilicueta. The latter being controversial as it was offside, but with luck on our side, hopefully this means good things are to come.

Chelsea will have to do much better than the dire performance they put out on Sunday, from the manager on down to the players and maybe the fans as well — positive support, boost the players? Brighton will be just as difficult as Cardiff were, with the two teams separated by just five points, although the Seagulls do have a game in hand. They’re not expected to win, but that just means they have nothing to lose. Chelsea, meanwhile, have everything to lose. With the top 4 race being tighter than ever, every point matters and if we are to challenge for top 4, every point from now till the end
of the season is worth its weight in gold.

Sarri also mentioned that he will be rotating more over the next couple of games and that Hudson-Odoi will definitely be starting one of the next two games. Hopefully this means that he will get his first start in the Premier League, as many fans have craved for, players like Loftus-Cheek and Emerson also get the nod and team can prove their qualities and show the other they are serious about this top 4 challenge.

Previous Meeting

Chelsea played against Brighton on 16th of December, winning 2-1 after 1st half goals from Pedro and Hazard. They dominated the first half like they have done in multiple games, but as usual in the second half they became complacent allowing the opposition back into the game. Brighton fought back scoring once, but Chelsea held on to get all 3 points.

With the recent form of Chelsea, it seems anyone can beat them if they simply ‘park the bus’ and counter attack our team. Maybe this time Sarri will have a plan to counteract this problem but if the last 7 months are anything to go by, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. But here is hoping Chelsea do turn up and take their chances and go for the kill instead of being complacent.

Key Stats

  • Chelsea have been on a poor run recently but their late comeback against Cardiff, lucky as it was, may be the boost of confidence the players need
  • Chelsea haven’t lost a game at home in the Premier League since the 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in December
  • Brighton have been on a good run recently, beating Huddersfield and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and progressing in the FA Cup after beating Millwall on penalties, but they did lose their most recent game against Southampton

Team News

Brighton: Pascal Gross has missed the last four Brighton matches in all competitions and remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea: The team is remarkably healthy, however, Alonso is out for 4-5 days. Davide Zappacosta (ankle) and Ethan Ampadu (back) remain on the injury lists, though the former was spotted in training last week.

Predicted Line up

Brighton: M. Ryan, M. Montoya, S. Duffy, L. Dunk, Bernardo, Y. Bissouma, D. Stephens, D. Prӧpper, A. Knockaert, G. Murray , A. Jahanbakhsh

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpillicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Higuain, Hazard

Premier League
Chelsea vs Brighton
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 19:45 UK time

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