Brighton Preview vs Chelsea: Seagulls Hoping To Get Back To Winning Ways Against The Blues

Brighton host Chelsea on Sunday at the Amex in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat away at Burnley last weekend, but despite this Albion will be confident with their recent form and how many points they have picked up at home this season.

Chelsea go into the game in great form. having beaten Manchester City last weekend at Stamford Bridge, however their form away from home has not been as impressive this season.

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Brighton will be without Shane Duffy again, who is serving the second game of a three- match ban.

The Seagulls will also be hoping to welcome back winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo, who missed the defeat to Burnley with injuries. Jahanbakhsh has been missing since picking up a hamstring in the defeat to Everton.

Izquierdo has only missed the game against Burnley, after picking up a knee injury in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last Tuesday.

Both Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray will be pushing to get back into the starting eleven after coming on off the bench against Burnley.

Full-back Martin Montoya should come back into the side after being rested for the defeat against Burnley.

Brighton could lineup as follows: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Balogun, Bernardo, Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Bissouma and Murray.

Chelsea are set to name the same lineup which beat Manchester City last weekend, meaning they will lineup as follows: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, E Hazard and Willian.

The Blues may change things though depending on who plays on Thursday in the Europa League, however Chelsea are expected to name a rotated side after already qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Hazard Will Be The One Brighton Need To Stop

The one player Brighton will need to stop is of course, Eden Hazard. The Belgian forward got two assists in the 4-0 win over the Seagulls at The Amex last season.

This season Hazard is even better form than last season and already has scored eight goals this season in the Premier League, which is only four goals short of what he scored in the whole of last season in the league.

Hazard was key in the win over Manchester City setting up N’Golo Kante to score.

Brighton will hoping Martin Montoya can use his experience against defending against top wingers in the game like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar just to name a couple.

Montoya has already kept the likes of Wilfred Zaha in the win against Palace, which Arsenal could not do.

Score Prediction

Sunday’s game will be an interesting one, but taking into account Brighton’s home form this season and Chelsea’s being not as impressive away as they are at home I’m going for a shock 2-1 win to the Seagulls.


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