Brighton go into the weekend with the joint-fifth highest average points return (2.0) from their home PL matches this season. Additionally, Brighton have won half of their last ten games anywhere (W5, D1, L4), with four of those ten matches ending 1-0 either way.
If Brighton are to lose this one, they won’t give up the points easily. Their three defeats this season against the other teams in the current top four have been relatively low-scoring. Two have ended with a margin of just one goal and/or seen under 2.5 goals in total.
Hoping to avoid completing a run of three Premier League (PL) away defeats for the second time this calendar year, Chelsea travel across the M23 having shipped five goals in their last two away PL games – this after conceding just once in their first five this term!
Even so, Chelsea will on a high after inflicting champions Manchester City’s first league defeat of the campaign (Dec 8), and they are still the league’s fourth-highest scorers, with Maurizio Sarri’s men netting 2.06 times per match on average.
Chelsea also have a combined aggregate score of 21-3 from eight matches (W7, D1) against teams currently in the bottom half. Relevantly perhaps, Brighton have conceded exactly two goals in close to half their matches (44%) so far.
Players to watch: 35-year-old Glen Murray has scored eight PL goals for Brighton this season, whileEden Hazard arguably remains the standout player in the league, with seven goals and eight assists.
Stat attack: Brighton are currently one of five PL teams averaging 2.0 yellow cards or more per match.
Both teams have scored in five of Brighton’s last six PL matches.
Chelsea have been behind at half-time in just one of 16 PL matches this season.
Will not play
(Lower Back Injury)
van Ginkel M.
Referee: Attwell S. (Eng),
Venue: Amex Stadium (Brighton)
Stuart Attwell is the one to supervise the game today.
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