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Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion odds and betting statistics

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Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion match preview

One of the most-eye catching Premier League fixtures this weekend is the Graham Potter is no longer our manager derby…. admittedly that title needs a bit of work!

Back in September, Chelsea poached Brighton’s manager, his entire coaching staff, head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay, chief scout Paul Winstanley and many other technical staff members.

So, it’s ironic that the Seagulls kick off four places and seven points better off than their visitors isn’t it?

Last weekend, in the first game of Frank Lampard’s second stint in charge, Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Wolves, mustering just a solitary shot on target all afternoon.

Having now won just four of their last 21 Premier League matches, the Blues are languishing in 11th.

So far, Chelsea have scored 29 goals in 30 league fixtures, meaning they’re on course for their lowest goals-per-game ratio since the 1923/24 season, suffering relegation back then.

Last Wednesday, the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, doing well to only concede two after Ben Chilwell was sent off.

So, a monumental comeback will be required if Chelsea are going to make it into the semi-finals.

Given all of the above, Brighton & Hove Albion will be confident of a first-ever away win at Chelsea.

Back in October, the Seagulls demolished the Blues 4-1 at the Amex, claiming their first victory in this fixture since 1933.

Right now, Roberto De Zerbi’s side are firmly in the hunt for European qualification, sat seventh, two points above Liverpool.

Next Sunday, Brighton will be at Wembley taking on Manchester United, seeking to reach only the club’s second FA Cup Final.

Before then, do Brighton kick off at Stamford Bridge as favourites to take all three points?

Chelsea team news

With their full attention on Real Madrid on Tuesday, it would not be a surprise if Frank Lampard made numerous changes here.

Ben Chilwell, who will be suspend for that second leg, and Benoît Badiashile, who’s not in the UEFA squad, seem logical picks here, especially given that Kalidou Koulibaly is injured.

Lampard tried a back four at Molineux last weekend but that simply didn’t work, reverting a three at the Bernabéu.

Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kanté are likely to be taken out the team with Tuesday in mind.

Predicted XI (5-2-3): Arrizabalaga; James, Azpilicueta, Badiashile, Fofana, Chilwell; Kovačić, Fernández; Pulisic, Mount, Havertz.

Brighton & Hove Albion team news

Adam Webster has been struggling with injury recently, but is likely to start given that his deputy Levi Colwill is ineligible to face his parent club.

In-form Evan Ferguson could return up front, displacing Danny Welbeck.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Estupiñán; Caicedo, Groß, Mac Allister, March, Mitoma; Ferguson.

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