Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion in the premier league tonight as they look to capitalize on Liverpool’s dropped points last night to climb to second on the premier league log.
Tonight’s Stamford Bridge visitors would meanwhile be hoping to pull off a shock victory and record back to back premier league wins for the first time in a long while.
Kai Havertz returned to Chelsea training last night after recovering from Covid-19 and N’golo Kanté who picked up a knee injury against Aston Villa on Sunday surprisingly trained as well.
Hakim Ziyech also returned to training with his Chelsea teammates after a brief injury but Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who tested positive for Covid about a couple of weeks ago are yet to return and Thiago Silva adds to the list of absentees after pulling up with a hamstring injury on Sunday.
Jude Soonsup Bell, Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons, Lewis Hall are some of the U-23 players who trained last night with the Chelsea first team.
Brighton meanwhile have delivered an update on the fitness of Leonardo Trossard and the Belgian is set to be assessed before tonight’s fixture against Chelsea.
The Seagulls are also boosted by the return of influential midfielder Yves Bissouma who served a one match suspension against Brentford on Sunday night.
Chelsea Predicted xi: Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Chalobah; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Lukaku
Brighton Predicted xi: Sanchez; Burn, Dunk, Duffy; Lamptey, Bissouma, Mwepu, Cucurella; Moder, Trossard, Maupay
Chelsea have struggled for rhythm recently but have lost only once in their last five games, winning twice and drawing twice with the performance and victory against Aston Villa on Sunday night serving as a morale booster heading into this one.
Brighton on the other hand have seen their form whither on during the course of the season and the Seagulls have dropped points in four of their last five games, drawing thrice and losing once with the win over Brentford on Sunday night their only three points in this period.
Head to Head:
There is not a very rich history of meetings between Chelsea and Brighton but in the eight times both sides have met, the Blues are unbeatean with six wins and two draws.
The two draws in this fixture have come in the last three meetings as both sides played a goalless draw the last time Brighton visited Stamford Bridge. All in all, it’s been just one Chelsea win and two draws in the last three meetings between Chelsea and Brighton.
If Chelsea’s second half performance against Aston Villa is anything to go by, Brighton don’t stand a chance tonight.
With a handful of Chelsea star players back from injury, they are the more fancied side for tonight.
Chelsea 2-0 Brighton