Brighton v Chelsea
Saturday, Jan 20 – 12:30pm
Brighton suffered a 2-0 defeat to strugglers West Brom last weekend, and have now won just one of their last 12 league matches. Manager Chris Hughton claimed there was little between the two sides in the match, but admitted that Brighton found it difficult when defending corners and set pieces. The Seagulls have it all to play for when they face Chelsea tomorrow, as a loss would put them in serious danger of dropping into the relegation zone.
Chelsea gave a lacklustre performance in their 0-0 draw with Leicester City on Saturday, and failed to capitalise in the second-half, despite the Foxes going down to 10 men, when Ben Chilwell was sent off in the 68th minute. The Blues have now failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions, and are now three points behind second placed Man United in the Premier League table. Antonio Conte claimed that his players were fatigued following Chelsea’s match with the Foxes, but in truth, the Blues were lucky to keep a clean sheet. Conte will be expecting more from his defenders tomorrow.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- These two clubs have only ever met 10 times, with the Blues winning each of the last seven clashes in all competitions.
- Chelsea have won each of their five league matches against the Seagulls, should they emerge victorious today, only one club will have a more impressive 100% record since 1888 (Wimbledon against Bournemouth 8/8).
- Brighton have only managed to win one of their last 12 matches in the Premier League (D5 L6) – they have failed to find the back of the net in eight of those matches.
- The Seagulls however, have only been defeated once in their last 10 league games (W3 D6) – both of their home losses have come against ‘Big Six’ sides (Liverpool and Man City).
- Antonio Conte’s side have only won one of their last five league games on the road (D3 L1) – Chelsea have never gone three away matches without a win under the Italian manager.
- Chelsea have won 44 of their last 75 matches away from home against newly promoted clubs – only Arsenal have claimed more victories in the Premier League (45).
- The Seagull have never won a matches against the reigning champions in the English top-flight (D2 L7).
- Antonio Conte has dropped two points from a possible 27 in the league against newly promoted clubs (W8 D1).
- Chris Hughton has failed to win any of his last seven matches against Chelsea (D2 L5) – he has lost each of his last five.
- Alvaro Morata has failed to find the back of the net in his last three games in the Premier League – he failed to register a single shot in last week’s match with Leicester City.
Brighton lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture last month, with Eden Hazard giving one of his best performances of the season. The Seagulls have been hard to beat at home recently, but they have struggled to find the back of the net, and with Chelsea likely to dominate in the middle of the park, Chris Hughton’s side may find chances hard to come by. The Blues have been off the boil over the last few weeks, and will be looking to get back to their best tomorrow. Chelsea to take the points.