Brighton vs Chelsea Preview – Tuchel goes head to head with Potter at the AMEX as Chelsea look to get back on track in the Premier League

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Brighton in the reverse fixture a little under three weeks ago

Chelsea travel down to the South Coast on Tuesday night to face tricky opposition in 9th placed Brighton.

The hosts have regained form in recent weeks and will look to continue their push up the table towards the European spots whilst the visitors will be hoping to start repairing the closing gap between themselves and fifth.

Brighton vs Chelsea: Current Form (Last 5 Matches)

Chelsea: D-W-W-W-L

The last few months have been difficult for Chelsea, but things have started to smoothen out in recent weeks. An entertaining comeback draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was followed up by a trio of wins in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. Eight goals were scored across the three fixtures securing progress to the final and fourth round of the respective competitions.

However, after no defeats in 11, a poor showing against the reigning champions Manchester City saw them fall to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Brighton: W-D-W-W-D

On the contrary, the Seagulls have enjoyed a much better time of late. They picked up their first league win since September 19 against Brentford before Danny Welbeck earnt them a late well deserved point against Tuesday’s opponents, followed by a chaotic 3-2 win against now manager-less Everton.

They also got their FA Cup campaign off to a successful start with a 2-1 win against West Brom after extra time. Finally, yet another late goal saw them pick up a point at home to rivals Crystal Palace on Friday night.

Last Five Matchups

Chelsea 1-1 Brighton (PL, 29th Dec. 2021)

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton (PL, 20th April 2021)

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea (PL, 14th Sept. 2020)

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea (Friendly, 29th Aug. 2020)

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea (PL, 1st Jan. 2020)

Team News and Predicted Lineups

Chelsea

Thankfully Chelsea have no new injuries to report after Thomas Tuchel’s press conference on Monday, but they will still be without influential full back pairing Reece James and Ben Chilwell. Also, defenders Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen will miss out through injury and Covid respectively. Finally, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is still on international duty for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Much like it was on Saturday, the German’s options in defence remain sparse and could well lead to the same centre backs and wing backs playing. Whereas, for the rest of the pitch, there is room to rotate and freshen up or in some cases leave players out after poor showings.

Predicted XI: (3-4-3) Arrizabalaga (GK), Azpilicueta, Silva, RĂĽdiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Werner

Brighton

For Brighton, the story of injuries is similar. Imposing centre back duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy will both miss the game whilst midfield duo Yves Bissouma and Enock Mwepu will also be unavailable due to AFCON and injury. Ex-Liverpool star Adam Lallana is a doubt with a hamstring problem whilst Chelsea academy product Tariq Lamptey has been passed fit.

Coincidentally, like Chelsea, the team will look similar to that from their previous game but the concerns around midfielder Lallana could force Graham Potter into a change of formation especially with Lamptey fit from the start.

Predicted XI (3-5-2): Sanchez (GK), Veltman, Burn, Webster, Lamptey, Moder, Gross, Mac Allister, Cucurella, Maupay, Trossard

Match Details

Date/Time: Tuesday 18th January 2022, 20:00 GMT

Venue: The AMEX, Brighton

Officials: Referee: Kevin Friend, Assistants: Simon Beck, Eddie Smart. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. VAR: Andre Marriner. Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Final Thoughts and Prediction

Recent meetings between the two sides suggest another tight encounter and it that seems like it will be the case with fixtures coming thick and fast and both sides squads being stretched. After the poor showing Saturday, the Blues will undoubtedly be fired up to produce a response and get back to winning ways before the grudge match against Tottenham. However, Brighton shouldn’t be counted out here as they have shown on numerous times what they are capable of and defensively are difficult to break down.

Final score: Brighton 0-1 Chelsea

Written by Harrison Burridge (@indepthFandC)

Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)


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