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Brighton team news & predicted line-up vs Chelsea

Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi continues to look for his first win as Brighton manager as his Seagulls are set to welcome Graham Potter back to England’s south coast


Brighton is once again in the midst of finding its direction as they are set to welcome back former boss Graham Potter at the head of visiting Chelsea as the Seagulls look to arrest their five-match winless run in the Premier League.

New Brighton manager and former Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio tactician Roberto De Zerbi has not enjoyed his new surroundings since his arrival on England’s south coast at the American Express Community Stadium after being greeted with a very difficult set of fixtures in which he has attempted to plant roots at his new employer.

The Seagulls are 0-2-3 in their last five league outings, and though they managed a credible 3-3 draw against Liverpool in his managerial debut at Anfield that saw Leandro Trossard become the first Brighton player to ever score a Premier League hat trick, that was immediately met with a 1-0 home loss against Tottenham, a 2-0 loss away at Brentford, a frustrating 0-0 affair against bottom-dwelling Nottingham Forest, and then a 3-1 defeat against holders Manchester City.

With Brighton now out of the European places and their Italian manager looking for his first win on English soil, 101GreatGoals takes a look at the Seagulls’ team news.


Predicted Brighton XI vs Chelsea

Players unavailable for selection & key fitness updates

Kaoru Mitoma, Jakub Moder, Joël Veltman (doubt), Levi Colwill (unavailable due to clash with parent club)

Jakub Moder remains a long-term absentee for Brighton while Levi Colwill is also unavailable due to his loan agreement making him unavailable to feature against his parent club.

Japanese sparkplug Kaoru Mitoma is back in training but is not expected to feature in the match-day squad but his surprise inclusion would be most welcome by the Brighton faithful.

Lastly, Dutch defender Joël Veltman is a doubt after coming off injured against Manchester City and is also not expected to feature here, but Adam Lallana could retain his place in the XI after De Zerbi confirmed he is okay and available.


Andrew Thompson

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