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18 January, 2022

AUTHOR: James Dowen

STAR PREVIEW Tues: Brighton v Chelsea

Chelsea suffered a major blow to their title hopes last week, but will be aiming to get their season back on track when they face an in-form Brighton side at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls managed to keep their unbeaten run going by salvaging a late point in the A23 derby against Crystal Palace last week. Graham Potter’s men went behind in the 69th-minute through a goal from Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher before a Joachim Anderson own-goal levelled the scores with just three minutes left on the clock.

That’s now five games without a defeat for Brighton with Potter’s side now sitting in a very respectable 9th-position in the Premier League table after 20 matches. Chelsea pose a serious threat to that form, though, with the Seagulls having never won a Premier League match against the Blues.

However, Brighton could be boosted by the return of centre-back Lewis Dunk who is pushing for a start after returning to training following a knee injury.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
Premier League
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Brighton
APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Brighton
SEP 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-3 Chelsea
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-1 Chelsea
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 Brighton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-2 Chelsea
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-4 Chelsea
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
MAR 1989 DIVISION TWO Brighton 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea had the chance to revive their fading hopes of a Premier League title last week when they took on current table-toppers Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, but a 70th-minute strike from former player Kevin De Bruyne all-but ended those dreams.

They are now 13 points behind City in the Premier League table and, by the look of their recent form and the amount of time Reece James and Ben Chilwell are likely to spend on the treatment table, that gap now looks insurmountable.

Their aim now appears to be to try and remain in the top-four and keep their place in the Champions League with West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham all ready to take their spot if their form doesn’t improve.

One thing that Thomas Tuchel’s side do have on their side, though, is their impressive away record having accrued 23 points from their 11 matches on the road so far this season and that could stand them in good stead for this trip to the Amex.

I’m not expecting this to be a classic or a high-scoring affair, with four of the last five meetings between these two sides going under 2.5 goals, so we’re backing Chelsea and under 2.5 goals here. Chelsea to win to nil at 9/5 also looks appealing here as does Romelu Lukaku putting a tricky period behind him and getting back amongst the goals.


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