Chelsea tackle Brighton tonight of their first match since information broke about their involvement within the vastly controversial European Tremendous League.
Roman Abramovich’s Blues are among the many groups to have signed as much as the brand new event which has caught should criticism from world soccer this week.
Followers, media and politicians alike have condemned the plans however now Chelsea should concentrate on Premier League soccer once more.
Fifth-placed Chelsea will nonetheless wish to end within the prime 4 whatever the ESL plans and are some extent behind West Ham.
Brighton, in the meantime, are six factors away from the relegation zone and a win would probably safe their top-flight standing.
Chelsea beat the Seagulls 3-1 in September.
Chelsea v Brighton: Learn how to watch
This match can be held at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, April 20 and can kick-off at 8pm.
The sport is being broadcast on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 7:30pm and on Sky Sports activities Major Occasion from 8pm.
Sky Sports activities clients can stay stream this through the app utilizing their cell, pill or pc gadgets.
If not, you should purchase a Sky Sports activities Day Move from NowTV for £9.99.
Chelsea v Brighton: Workforce information
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen can be match for the go to of Brighton.
The Denmark worldwide has recovered from a muscle drawback to be out there.
Mateo Kovacic stays sidelined with hamstring bother, whereas Thiago Silva is about to drop to the bench after that includes twice final week.
Aaron Connolly may return to Brighton’s squad following a foot damage.
The Republic of Eire worldwide has not featured for the reason that 1-Zero defeat to West Brom on February 27 however has educated freely through the previous week.
Tariq Lamptey and Solly March stay sidelined for Albion.
Chelsea v Brighton: What has been stated?
Brighton boss Graham Potter has credited Thomas Tuchel with remodeling Chelsea into arguably Europe’s in-form crew.
“It’s going to be a tricky recreation, that’s for certain,” stated Potter.
“We’re taking part in in opposition to a crew that’s in pretty much as good a second as anyone in most likely European soccer.
“And I feel that’s credit score to Thomas Tuchel and the gamers there and the employees as a result of they’ve acquired into the Champions League final 4 – they did rather well in opposition to Porto – after which to beat Manchester City (within the FA Cup semi-finals) will not be straightforward.
“They’ve finished rather well and we’re not at their degree – that’s truthful to say, there’s no disrespect to us when it comes to there’s a huge hole between high quality and factors.
“However we hope on the day we could be aggressive and we wish to try to get a optimistic end result.”
Chelsea v Brighton: Match stats and information
- Since shedding their first ever assembly with Brighton in January 1933 (1-2 within the FA Cup), Chelsea are unbeaten of their final 14 in opposition to the Seagulls, successful 12 and drawing two.
- Brighton have misplaced all six of their away video games in opposition to Chelsea in all competitions, with the Seagulls failing to attain in all six of their visits to Stamford Bridge in opposition to the Blues (14 conceded).
- Chelsea have by no means been behind in seven Premier League conferences with Brighton – solely three groups have ever performed extra in opposition to an opponent within the competitors with out going behind; Newcastle in opposition to Nottingham Forest (8), Man City in opposition to Sheffield United (10) and the Blues themselves in opposition to Portsmouth (14).
- Chelsea’s final dwelling league recreation led to a shock 2-5 defeat to West Bromwich Albion. Within the Roman Abramovich period (since 2003-04), the Blues have solely misplaced consecutive dwelling league video games twice – in November 2011 underneath André Villas-Boas and December 2019 underneath Frank Lampard.
- Brighton have stored 10 clear sheets within the Premier League this season, with seven of these coming for the reason that flip of the 12 months – they final registered extra shutouts in a top-flight marketing campaign in 1981-82 (14).
- Since successful promotion in 2017, Brighton have drawn extra Premier League video games 0-Zero than some other facet (16), together with final day out in opposition to Everton. Certainly, the Seagulls have registered 5 goalless attracts this season, their joint-most in a Premier League marketing campaign alongside 2017-18.
- Thomas Tuchel’s first 10 Premier League video games in control of Chelsea produced simply 13 targets (F11 A2), at a median of 1.Three per recreation. The Blues’ final two league video games have seen 12 targets scored (F6 A6), a median of six per recreation.
- Kai Havertz each scored (1) and assisted (1) a aim in Chelsea’s 4-1 win in opposition to Crystal Palace final day out. The German had been concerned in simply three targets in his first 22 league appearances for the Blues (1 aim, 2 assists).
- Christian Pulisic has scored three targets in his final two Premier League video games for Chelsea, as many as in his earlier 26 within the competitors. He’s seeking to rating in three consecutive Premier League video games for simply the second time (additionally in November 2019).
- Robert Sánchez has stored a clear sheet in 40% of his 20 Premier League appearances (Eight of 20), the perfect such ratio of any Brighton goalkeeper within the competitors (Mat Ryan 22% and David Button 25%).