Chelsea travel to East Sussex on New Year’s Eve to tackle Brighton, with Frank Lampard side’s bidding to establish stronghold of a top-four finish.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday, 1st January
Venue: Amex Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Chelsea showed some character when they faced Arsenal last time out, over-turning a deficit in the course of a five-minute second half blitz to leave their London rivals seething at their home ground after Jorginho and Tammy Abraham did the damage.
Thus, the Blues ensured they finished year 2019 in the top four with a points haul of 35, four more than closest threat Manchester United, and will now set about cementing their place there.
However, this game could represent a potential banana skin for them, as Chelsea had lost all of the last three games they had entered as huge favourites in December 2019.
Brighton emerged as 2-0 victors when Bournemouth came calling last time, the first time Graham Potter’s side have racked in maximum points in all of their last five games.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh put the Seagulls ahead early on here before Aaron Mooy curled home a second to make sure of the points and hand the hosts their sixth league win of the season.
They have not won a league game against Chelsea, with their solitary victory versus the Blues coming in an FA Cup game as far back as 1993.
José Izquierdo and Solly March remain the only missing players for Brighton.
Reece James and Marco van Ginkel are sidelined for this game, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues his recovery from injury.
Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic are rated doubtful.
Head to Head
Chelsea have won 11 of the last 13 games played between these two sides, with Brighton winning just once and holding their opponents to a draw in another.
Brighton have seen under 2.5 in four of their last five home games in the Premier League.
Chelsea have won their last eleven games against Brighton in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in nine of Chelsea’s last ten away games in the Premier League.
Brighton are huge underdogs coming into this one, but will be buoyed by snapping their four-game winless run with the win over Bournemouth last time out. Brighton’s last five games in all competitions(DDLLW)
Chelsea will be thrilled having gained bragging rights over Arsenal last weekend, and will want to secure another routine victory from this one. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions (LLWLW)
This should see an open game for both sides, with Brighton most likely to sniff at every slightest chance they see to get at their opponents, who will besiege them more often. Both teams to score is priced 8/13, and should play out.
Tammy Abraham scored the winner for Chelsea at Arsenal last time out, and with that in mind, we have him as a banker to get on the scoresheet anytime at 19/20.