Chelsea vs Brighton
English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea bagged a controversial 1-2 victory away at relegation strugglers Cardiff City on Sunday.
The Blues had to dig deep to clinch a highly-important three-pointer thanks to two super late goals from Cesar Azpilucueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Maurizio Sarri decided to give rest to the likes of Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante on the occasion, but Chelsea struggled badly without their key man as the Belgian superstar had to be introduced eight minutes into the second half.
Most importantly, the Blues took what they needed form Cardiff City Stadium. They kept ground on Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal in the battle for the top-four finish and a place in the Champions League next season. These four teams are all within a single-point range battling it out for two spots inside the top-four.
Sarri’s troops will thus have an imperative to pick up another three-pointer on Wednesday night when they welcome bottom-half Brighton & Hove Albion to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Brighton: Head-to-head
The Blues won each of last three head to head encounters with Brighton.
The streak includes this term’s 1-2 victory away at The AMEX in mid-December last year.
Chelsea vs Brighton: Prediction
Brighton returned to the old habits after winning three on the spin across competitions. They disappointed heavily in a narrow 0-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The Seagulls are now only five points above the red zone line and they could well wrap themselves up into the relegation scrap with another defeat here.
However, Chris Hughton’s has matches against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City upcoming and those will be of a much higher significance given it’s hard to believe they have what it takes to stun highly-motivated Chelsea here at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues won three and drew one of last four home games in the league. They are up against a side which a dreadful away record of 3 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses in 15 Premier League fixtures. We expect the hosts to get off to a string start here aiming to avoid complications they had in weekend’s away tie at Cardiff City.
Chelsea vs Brighton: Bet Tips
HT/FT Chelsea/Chelsea @ 1.80 (4/5)
Eden Hazard to score anytime @ 1.90 (9/10).