Premier League: Chelsea vs Brighton preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Chelsea vs Brighton preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 28
Football

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Chelsea and Brighton will face off in the Premier League matchday 20 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 21:30 CEST.

Preview

Even without a number of their key players who are all absent through Covid-19 or injury, Chelsea managed to claim a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Boxing Day to continue their battle with Liverpool and Manchester City for the 2021/22 PL title. That was also the Blues' first victory in the English top flight following back-to-back draws with Everton and Wolverhampton, so apparently Thomas Tuchel's men are back on track. As things stand now, Chelsea are third in the table with 41 points, level on points with second-placed Liverpool who have a game in hand and six points adrift of leaders Man City.

Brighton, for their part, were lucky enough to put an end to a 12-game winless streak across all competition on Sunday when goals from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay secured Graham Potter's side all three points against Brentford (2-0). Thus, the Seagulls are coming into this encounter sitting in ninth in the standings with 23 points, already 18 points behind their forthcoming opponents but with two games in hand.

Team news

While Ben Chilwell remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante are set to sit out this clash after suffering minor injuries over the weekend. Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, meanwhile, are yet to be given the green light to feature having recovered from Covid-19 lately. Lewis Dunk, Steven Alzate, Jeremy Sarmiento and Joel Veltman, meanwhile, will play no part for the visitors on Wednesday due to respective injury woes.

Prediction

While Chelsea have gone unbeaten in six matches in all competitions since losing at West Ham in early December, Brighton, as mentioned, have only claimed one victory in their last 13 fixtures. What's more, the Seagulls have failed to score in each of their previous six viisits to Stamford Bridge and it doesn't seem likely that Potter's crop are going to break that trend on Wednesday.

Tip

Chelsea to win and total under 3.5 at 2.05 with 1XBET.


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