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Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove Albion: 20/04/2021 – match preview and predicted starting XIs

Chelsea vs Brighton 

Date: 20/04/2021

K/O: 20:00

Venue: Stamford Bridge 

Referee: Stuart Attwell

TV: Sky Sports

Thomas Tuchel will welcome Graham Potter to the Bridge for what promises to be an interesting encounter, especially with what has been transpiring in the background given the home team’s inclusion as a founder member in the controversial European Super League.  

The Blues are coming off the back of a 4-1 win against Crystal Palace which makes it three wins, a loss and a draw in the last five for the London club. A Champions League triumph over two legs against FC Porto and an FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City would’ve also helped in boosting the morale of the home side. A win tonight could see the Londoners get back into the more familiar top four of the table. They’ll be looking to play a strong side against a tactically astute Brighton side. 

A goalless draw against Everton last time out saw the Seagulls make it two wins, two losses and a draw in the last five. They are currently placed 16th in the table and will be looking to solidify their position so as to not hover near the relegation places. Potter will be expecting his side to be solid defensively and ensure that they are in the game against a side who could potentially blow them away very quickly given their recent form. 

Both managers will be looking to imprint their playing style in this Tuesday night encounter and make a game out of it. Tuchel will be very disappointed with anything other than the three points whereas Potter would be delighted to get even a point from this game. 

Team News

Chelsea 

Tuchel will be without the services of the injured duo of Kovacic and Christensen. Meanwhile, Thiago Silva is expected to miss out after he suffered a back issue in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. 

The manager is expected to make a few changes from the side that won against Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Brighton 

As for Potter, he will be without long-term absentees Lamptey and March, while Andone and Tau remain doubts as well. 

Aaron Connolly should be fit for this encounter but Potter could stick to the same front line that started against Everton. 

Predicted Starting XIs

Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic 

Brighton (3-4-3): Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, White; Gross, Lallana, Bissouma, Moder; Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck

Score Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Given recent form and performances, I feel the home side should comfortably take all three points. 

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 35 25 5 5 80
2 Manchester United 35 20 10 5 70
3 Leicester City 36 20 6 10 66
4 Chelsea 36 18 10 8 64
5 West Ham United 35 17 7 11 58
6 Liverpool 34 16 9 9 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur 35 16 8 11 56
8 Arsenal 36 16 7 13 55
9 Everton 34 16 7 11 55
10 Leeds United 35 15 5 15 50
11 Aston Villa 34 14 6 14 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 12 9 14 45
13 Crystal Palace 35 11 8 16 41
14 Southampton 35 11 7 17 40
15 Burnley 35 10 9 16 39
16 Newcastle United 35 10 9 16 39
17 Brighton & Hov… 35 8 13 14 37
18 Fulham 35 5 12 18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 5 11 19 26
20 Sheffield United 35 5 2 28 17

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