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Brighton Hove Albion vs Chelsea: Match Preview

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Chelsea will travel to Brighton Hove Albion for their next Premier League match. The Blues will try to get back to winning ways after their 1-0 loss to runaway league leaders Manchester City.

While Chelsea is coming back from a defeat, Brighton had to settle for a draw. The Seagulls put on an impressive performance against Crystal Palace on the weekend and came back to draw the game 1-1 only in the 87th minute.

Heading into the match, Chelsea sits 3rd in the Premier League table, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City. Brighton on the other hand is in 9th place with 28 points from 20 matches.

BRIGHTON HOVE ALBION VS CHELSEA: INJURIES AND TEAM NEWS

Brighton will be without some of its stars against Chelsea. Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu are both ruled out due to injury while Yves Bissouma is on AFCON duties with his nation.

Apart from that Adam Lallana and Lewis Dunk are injury worries. Tariq Lamptey will push for the starting eleven, after coming from the bench against Palace. More light will be thrown on player availability during the pre-match press conference by manager Graham Potter.

As for Chelsea, there are no fresh injuries in the squad. Both first-choice wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James remains out due to injury alongside Trevor Chalobah. Andreas Christensen is expected to be ruled out due to Covid reasons.

Edouard Mendy, who is out with Senegal for the AFCON cup will not be available as Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to remain between the sticks. Mason Mount could return to the starting line-up after only making a substitute appearance against Manchester City.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS & PREDICTIONS

Brighton & Hove Albion: Robert Sanchez; Tariq Lamptey, Adam Webster, Dan Burn, Marc Cucurella; Pascal Gross, Adam Lallana, Moder, Alexis Mac Allister; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay

CHELSEA: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr; Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Marcus Alonso; Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner

PREDICTIONS: BRIGHTON 2 – 2 CHELSEA

When the last time both these teams met the match ended in a draw. Brighton did produce an impressive performance against the Blues and was unfortunate to walk away with a victory.

This time around the Seagulls will face the European Champions at home. But our prediction for the match is an entertaining draw. For Chelsea, the title looks to be out of their hands, but they cannot sit comfortably knowing that the teams behind them are closing the gap.

As for Brighton, the club is forming a habit of scoring late game-changing goals. With the style, they are playing in we don’t expect anything less from them.

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