Chelsea v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 25, 2017
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
After their away day at Goodison Park a couple of days before Christmas, Chelsea are back at Stamford Bridge for Brighton’s Boxing Day visit. The Seagulls have been struggling of late and are massive underdogs going into this one.
The two teams haven’t played each other in the league since 1989, when Chelsea won a Division Two encounter 1-0. Brighton haven’t beaten the Blues since January 1933, although they did record a friendly win over their more illustrious rivals five years ago, when Chelsea were reigning European champions.
Alvaro Morata returns from suspension after serving a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards, while fellow Spaniard Marcos Alonso is also available after a recent ban. David Luiz is still on the treatment table with a knee problem, although it could be a smokescreen as rumours of his departure refuse to die down.
Sean Dyche has Shane Duffy available after a suspension of his own, which ruled him out of Saturday’s game against Watford. Steve Sidwell is still yet to feature for the Seagulls this season, and continues his recovery from a back problem.
Chelsea v Brighton Preview and Predictions
After their impressive start to life in the Premier League, Brighton are now threatening to be dragged down into a relegation battle. The points they picked up early in the season stand them in good stead, but it’s almost impossible to see them adding to their tally at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won their last five home games in the Premier League, so they start as huge favourites in the betting. This is no surprise considering their recent form and the attacking talent with their ranks. The Blues are priced at 2/9, so you’ll have to be creative to get some value out of them in this game. With Brighton struggling for goals a bet on Chelsea to win to nil at 3/4 is a good way to improve your odds.
Brighton haven’t set the world alight on the road this season, with their only wins coming against struggling West Ham and Swansea teams. The Seagulls have a decent defensive record, so they’ll try to keep things tight at the back and look for a sucker punch. They’re a massive 18/1 to beat Chelsea on their own turf, but perhaps a draw could be a more realistic bet at 34/5.
Morata to score first at 13/5
The striker should be nice and fresh after sitting out Chelsea’s game just before Christmas, and he’ll be raring to go from the off in this one.
A 1-1 draw at 14/1
Brighton will do well to restrict Chelsea to a single goal, but if they’re still in the game late on the likes of Glenn Murray will pose a threat.