Match Preview: Brighton vs Chelsea

Chelsea head to the Amex on Saturday afternoon in the weekends early kick-off, as they face Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion.

Unlike the Blues, Brighton had the week off as they sealed their FA Cup progress without needing a replay, and the side from West London will be feeling the effects from Wednesday night’s victory over Norwich as they played 120 minutes in the replay.

Both sides come into the game in similar form as neither side has picked up a victory in the Premier League yet this year.

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Marcos Alonso celebrating Chelsea’s second as the Blues edged past the Seagulls. (Courtesy)

The last time these two sides met, Chelsea came out 2-0 winners on Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Brighton have it easier of the two in terms of injury problems as they come into the league tie with only one player missing.

That’s former Blue Steve Sidwell as he is still recovering from a back injury after undergoing an operation back in September.

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Alvaro Morata being shown a second yellow in quick succession on Wednesday, and will now miss the trip to Brighton. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile Antonio Conte has a selection headache with several key players out. Pedro and Alvaro Morata are both to miss the trip with suspension as they were both given their marching orders in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are the other two to miss out once again as they are still sidelined through hamstring injury.

Ross Barkley has been included and could feature for Chelsea.

Match Betting (BetBull)

Brighton – 5/1

Draw – 13/5

Chelsea – 8/13

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Prediction

Chelsea have major problems with injury and with only Michy Batshuayi upfront, a forward that Antonio Conte doesn’t have faith in, the Blues could be without a recognised centre-forward on Saturday.

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Ross Barkley is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea. (Standard)

The Blues have no creativity in midfield with Fabregas out but the inclusion of Ross Barkley could see him make his debut for the club, giving Chelsea that extra bit of impetus going forward.

But with either side not winning in 90 minutes in the league this year, it could turn out to be another stalemate for the pair come Saturday afternoon.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Chelsea – 5/1 at BetBull

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