Brighton vs Chelsea fixture schedule for Tuesday 18 at Amex stadium as Tuchel’s side will be looking forward to bounce bad after a 1-0 defeat to the league topper Man City.
Chelsea have won 3 of their last 4 away matches but the Seagulls are more than capable of obtaining a positive result, but the Blues may be able to secure a crucial three points.
Kick Off Time
Brighton and Hove Albion take on Chelsea at the Amex stadium on Tuesday night with the kick off time at 21:00 pm (8:00 pm UK time)
Brighton vs Chelsea Predictions
Brighton rarely win at home and Chelsea are in decent away form. Both sides have seen plenty of low scoring results recently and a narrow Blues win is likely.
Brighton have seen under 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches (Premier League)
Brighton have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Chelsea (all competitions)
Brighton have lost 6 of their last 7 home matches against Chelsea (all competitions)
Chelsea have won 3 of their last 4 away matches (all competitions)
Chelsea have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 2 matches (all competitions)
Predict: Brighton 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea have a 12-1 advantage against Brighton in 17 meetings with four draws.
Brighton came back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw against rivals Crystal Palace on Friday.
Graham Potter’s side were in control with 19-3 shots, 2.66 expected goals and 60% possession. The Seagulls missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed before Palace scored a late own goal.
The result leaves Brighton with one win in their last seven at the Amex. A 2-0 win against Brentford came before the Palace loss, a win that ended a five-match winless run at home.
Brighton Injuries Update
Defender Jeremy Sarmiento and midfielders Enock Mwepu and Yves Bissouma are out.
Midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Lewis Dunk are doubtful.
Chelsea gave up more ground to City in the title race after a 1-0 loss at the Etihad. The Blues gave little away before City netted their winner with 20 minutes remaining.
The loss leaves Thomas Tuchel’s side in third place and 13 points off City at the top of the Premier League.
Chelsea have been solid away lately, despite dropping points in the Premier League title race. Wins at Tottenham (1-0), Aston Villa (3-1) and Brentford (2-0) came before the City defeat.
Chelsea Injuries Update
Andreas Christensen may return to the squad.
Wing backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James and midfielder Trevoh Chalobah are out.
Goalkeeper Édouard Mendy is at the AFCON and unavailable.
Due to a knee ailment, Brighton will be without Lewis Dunk once more, with Potter stating on Monday that the central defender is still unavailable for selection.
The Seagulls are also concerned about Adam Lallana’s fitness after he suffered an injury against Palace, while Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu are both sidelined due to injury.
Due to Yves Bissouma’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, Jakub Moder could return to the starting lineup in midfield, with Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard as the front two.
Tariq Lamptey started against Palace but might now earn a starting spot, while Danny Welbeck and Solly March are also vying for a place in the starting XI.
Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Trevor Chalobah are all out for Chelsea due to injury, while Andreas Christensen has been ruled out after testing positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy, who just tested positive for COVID-19, is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, therefore Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to the starting lineup.
Mason Mount and Timo Werner might join Romelu Lukaku in the last third of the pitch, as head coach Tuchel makes changes from the team that started against Man City.
Kai Havertz and Jorginho are also vying for a position in the team, although Tuchel is unlikely to make wholesale changes, with Malang Sarr expected to keep his starting spot at the back.
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting XI:
Sanchez; Lamptey, Webster, Burn, Cucurella; Gross, Lallana, Moder, Mac Allister; Trossard, Maupay
Chelsea possible starting XI:
Kepa; Rudiger, Silva, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Werner