Brighton v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 16, 2018
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Chelsea make the short trip to the south coast to play Brighton on Saturday, with both sides looking to bounce back from poor results at the weekend. The Blues slumped to a third successive goalless draw at home to Leicester, while the Seagulls were beaten by struggling West Brom.
Goals from Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso guided Chelsea to a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day. Aside from a friendly in 2012 which Brighton won 3-1, that’s the only meeting between the sides in recent years.
Former Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown misses the clash against his old club, as it’s been confirmed he’ll miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate injury early in the FA Cup win against Crystal Palace. Steve Sidwell remains on the sidelines, but apart from that Chris Hughton has a fully fit squad to choose from.
New Blues signing Ross Barkley continues his rehab after hamstring surgery, but could be in line for his Premier League debut in this lunchtime kick-off. Cesc Fabregas has a hamstring issue of his own and is a doubt, while Gary Cahill is expected to miss out because of a thigh injury.
Brighton v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
With Liverpool full of confidence after their victory over Manchester City and fifth placed Tottenham breathing down their necks, Chelsea need to get back to winning ways. Brighton meanwhile are without a win in four, and have slipped to 16th in the table.
Going into Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Norwich, the Blues have played out four straight draws, although two of those were in the domestic cup competitions. The fight to finish in the top four looks set to go down to the wire, so games against teams in the lower echelons of the league are vital for picking up points. The visitors will be confident of taking the spoils back to London with them, and they’re 1/2 favourites for the win.
Brighton have been dragged down after a bright start to their debut Premier League campaign. The more established names that were below them have started to pick up some decent points, but few will give Chris Hughton’s side any chance going into this one. It’s effectively a free hit, so any form of result would be a bonus. If they can keep Chelsea’s array of attacking talent at bay and nick a goal the home win’s priced at 15/2, while the draw’s 10/3.
Chelsea to win to nil at 6/5
The Blues have the best defensive record in the Premier League along with Manchester United, so this bet looks like a good way to enhance your odds on the away win.
Morata to score and Chelsea to win at 11/4
The Blues’ top scorer has struggled for form in recent weeks and hasn’t found the net since the Boxing Day win over Brighton. He’ll be a major threat though and will put a chance away sooner or later.