Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea


Willian scored Chelsea’s second goal when they beat Brighton 2-0 in SeptemberTEAM NEWS

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has reported no new fitness concerns.

Wingers Solly March and Jose Izquierdo remain unavailable because of injuries.

Chelsea will monitor Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been playing despite a minor problem, while fellow defenders Marcos Alonso and Reece James are not expected to be fit for this game.

Winger Christian Pulisic says he is “100% healthy” despite missing the win at Arsenal amid reports of a minor muscle injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@SimonBrotherton: This is a fixture without a rich history but certainly one dominated by Chelsea, who enjoy a 100% success rate after winning all nine previous league encounters. Brighton’s only victory in a competitive match was in the third round of the FA Cup way back in 1933.

A tough start to 2020 then for Graham Potter’s team against opponents who’ve won seven of their last nine on the road in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s latest away win saw them overcome a rough start at Arsenal on Sunday. A tactical tweak and subsequent impressive second-half performance led to their first come-from-behind win all season, while Albion saw off Bournemouth at home for their first victory in five.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter: “I can’t comment on any change in mentality against certain opposition from previous times because I wasn’t here, but we try to go into every game with a mentality and belief that we can get something.

“The top six sides in this league are at a different level – historically that’s a fact. But you should never go onto a pitch thinking you’ve got no chance.

“We have to understand that Chelsea will come with a good side. They’re a top team who are in the Champions League so that’s the challenge facing us.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Brighton fans might think I’ve suddenly fallen out of love with them but I haven’t. They’re going to be absolutely fine…