Big match preview: Chelsea vs Brighton

25 December, 2017, 18:55 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Chelsea vs Brighton

Morata was taking a rest after a suspension that saw him end up missing Chelsea's clash with Everton at Goodison Park which saw the premier champions end up with a barren drawn.

Brighton, on the other hand, recorded what was only their 5th Premier League victory of the season last week against Watford, ending a almost 2-month-long spell of 7 games without a victory.

Chelsea have 39 points at the halfway point of the Premier League season, which is 10 fewer than they had at this stage last season, when they went on to win the title.

Michael Keane  80.3% match
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Defender David Luiz is still ruled out and midfielder Charly Musonda is absent because of a groin problem.

Attack: Alvaro Morata is back in contention after serving a one-game suspension against Everton so the Spanish worldwide should come straight back in to the starting eleven against Brighton.

Instead, Conte opted to start a front three of Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and Willian, and left Batshuayi on the bench. The latter will not be available as he isn't permitted to play against his parent side.

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Striker Tomer Hemed praised his side's effort.

Brighton have scored only 1 goal against Chelsea in their last 6 appearances.

The schedule is oddly off this season as Chelsea have played 19 matches but have yet to play Brighton in the league. Glenn Murray has continued his good scoring form as he has netted five goals this season, however, it is a concern that Anthony Knockaert has just one goal and one assist in 1336 minutes this season, with the forward an integral part of Brighton last campaign.

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With a busy festive period underway, Antonio Conte is sure to rotate his Chelsea side. Backing the hosts to be ahead at half-time and full-time offers a bigger price on the favourites and looks a solid option in a match which is expected to be a comfortable Chelsea win. Needless to say, the reigning champions clearly missed their top scorer last week.

"On Saturday they had chance after chance to kill the game, while Chelsea were unlucky against Everton, let's be honest, they should have won. Sometimes you can do everything well and not get the result you want, but (Saturday) we were the better team and deserved the win". It is very hard to make a case for the visitors pulling off an upset at Stamford Bridge.

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