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Prediction: Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1

Best Odds: 13/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion will lock horns with each other in the Premier League this coming weekend. The match between Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Roberto De Zerbi’s team will be held at Stamford Bridge in London and is scheduled to kick off at 2 pm UK time on Sunday.

Chelsea

Chelsea have been quite inconsistent this season. While there have been some very promising signs for the former Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners, they have not always been at their best and have not been able to kick out.

The Blues are not going to even challenge for the Premier League title this season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to work extremely hard to get into the top four. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa all are in the mix.

Chelsea are as low as 10th in the Premier League table with 16 points from 13 matches. The London club are as many as 12 points behind Liverpool and Aston Villa, who are third and fourth respectively in the standings. The Blues will head into the match against Brighton and Hove Albion this coming weekend on the back of a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Newcastle United away from home at St. James’ Park.

Team News:

Chelsea are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Robert Sanchez will be in goal for the Blues. Malo Gusto could come in for Reece James at right-back. Marc Cucurella will be the left-back. Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile will be the two centre-backs. Nicolas Jackson will lead the line for Chelsea and will have Cole Palmer, Conor Gallager and Raheem Sterling behind him in attacking midfield. Enzo Fernandez and Lesley Ugochukwu will be the tw holding midfielders.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion were superb last season and started the current campaign strongly, but they have not been at their very best in recent weeks. Playing in Europe seems to be affecting them, and it does not look very likely that they will be able to challenge for the UEFA Champions League places in the Premier League table this campaign.

Roberto De Zerbi’s side are eighth in the Premier League table at the moment with 22 points from 13 matches. Brighton are six points behind Liverpool and Aston Villa, who are third and fourth respectively in the standings. The Seagulls are second in UEFA Europa League Group B at the moment with seven points from four matches, a point behind leaders Marseille.

Brighton will will take on AEK Athens away from home in UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening before facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London in the Premier League on Sunday. Brighton beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 away from home at the City Ground in the league this past weekend. 

Team News:

Brighton and Hove Albion are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Bart Verbruggen will be the goalkeeper for the Seagulls.  Joel Veltman, Jan Paul van Hecke, Lewis Dunk and Tariq Lamptey will be the four defenders. Pascal Gross and Billy Gilmour will be the two holding midfielders and will have Simon Adingra, Adam Lallana and Ansu Fati in front of them in attacking midfield. Evan Ferguson will lead the line for the Seagulls.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Chelsea have scored 22 goals in 13 Premier League matches this season.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion have won 1 of their last 5 Premier League games.
  • Chelsea have conceded 20 goals in 13 Premier League matches this campaign.
  • Evan Ferguson has scored 6 goals in 12 Premier League games for Brighton and Hove Albion this season.
  • Nicolas Jackson has scored 6 goals in 12 Premier League matches for Chelsea this campaign.

Conclusion

Neither Chelsea nor Brighton and Hove Albion are in great form at the moment. However, both teams have good players and are strong. It is unlikely that there will be too many goals in this match. Despite being the visiting team, Brighton could just manage to eke out all three points from the Premier League match.

Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1

Best Odds: 13/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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