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Chelsea vs Brighton: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :December 1, 2023 at 1:06 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:09 AM
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The Blues’ rollercoaster form sees them facing Brighton in the Premier League without two key fullbacks

Chelsea are finding it hard to remain consistent. They can pull off a 4-1 win over Tottenham while another time they get thrashed 4-1 by Newcastle. Showed the capacity to get a 4-4 draw against Man City while another time also getting blown apart 2-0 by Brentford at Stamford Bridge. Mauricio Pochettino’s touchline ban for the Newcastle game proved disastrous and things might change as he will be back on the touchline against Brighton.

Brighton have a catalogue of injuries to deal with while they will also be gutted by the fact that Chelsea have had more rest than them. The Seagulls are coming back into Premier League after having to take on AEK Athens midweek. The 1-0 away win over Athens side in the Europa League has taken the unbeaten run of Brighton in all competitions to 7 games.

Kick-Off:

Sunday, 3 December 2023 at 2:00 PM UK (7:30 PM IST)

Location: Stamford Bridge

Form

Chelsea (in all competitions): L-D-W-W-L

Brighton (in all competitions): W-W-D-W-D

Players to Watch

Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Chelsea have consistently relied on the services of Conor Gallagher this PL season. Gallagher has started every game for the Blues and is expected to do so once again. In the 13 PL games so far, the 23 year old midfielder has produced 4 assists.

Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)

Kaoru Mitoma is a Japanese national football team player with 18 caps. Brighton’s head coach Roberto De Zerbi shouldn’t hesitate in using the Japanese winger amid Ansu Fati’s injury. In 12 PL appearances this season, Mitoma has scored 3 goals. He has also made 4 assists.

Match Facts

  • In their last 2 meetings, Chelsea have won both games against Brighton
  • The home side ranks 9 as per goals scored (1.7 goals per match) while visitors rank 4 (2.2 goals per match)
  • Brighton are on an unbeaten run of 7 games which includes 4 away fixtures

Injury & Team News

Chelsea’s visit to St James’ Park was not only humiliating but also left holes in the full-back positions. Reece James’ red card and Marc Cucurella’s fifth yellow card of the season means both will be suspended for this Brighton game. In the injury list, we have – Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Marcus Bettinelli, Christopher Nkunku and Ben Chilwell. Trevoh Chalobah, Malo Gusto and Carney Chukwuemeka are doubtful to feature.

Brighton are also no short of players sidelined for one reason or another. In the last PL action, Lewis Dunk received a straight red. So Dunk is suspended for this game. Similarly, Mahmoud Dahoud’s red received in the Sheffield United game means he still has to wait two PL games to be available. The injury list of Brighton has Tariq Lamptey, Solly March, Julio Enciso and Ansu Fati. These players are doubtful to be getting any minutes – Adam Webster, Danny Welbeck and Pervis Estupinán.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 16

Chelsea wins – 8

Brighton wins – 3

Draws – 5

Predicted Lineup

Chelsea predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Sánchez (GK); Gusto, Silva, Badiashile, Maatsen; Ugochukwu, Fernández; Palmer, Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson

Brighton predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Verbruggen (GK); Veltman, van Hecke, Igor, Hinshelwood; Groß, Gilmour; Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma; Ferguson

Match Prediction for Chelsea vs Brighton

Craig Pawson might have a tough time officiating this game at Stamford Bridge. Both sides are laden with injuries and during such times outbursts are common. The 4-1 Newcastle defeat and ample rest should have a good affect on the Blues after also not having Pochettino on the touchline at St James’ Park. Chelsea should be willing to get a good result once again against Brighton.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-2 Brighton

Telecast for Chelsea vs Brighton

India – Star Sports, Disney+ Hotstar

UK – Sky Sports, TNT Sports, Amazon Prime Video

US –  NBC, USA Network, Peacock

Nigeria – SuperSport, NTA, Canal+ Afrique

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