Kick-off: 1945, 03/04/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs Brighton
Chelsea survived a big scare when snatching a dramatic late win at Cardiff and will be hoping to enjoy a smoother success against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
Albion have lost three straight Premier League encounters with the Blues by an aggregate score of 8-1 and may have one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
We’re lumping on a home win to nil at 17/20 for our first Chelsea vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea received a helping hand from the match officials when coming from behind to beat Cardiff 2-1 in Wales.
The Blues were 1-0 down with six minutes left when Cesar Azpilicueta, who was standing two yards offside, met Marcos Alonso’s flick-on to head home the equaliser.
Antonio Rudiger was then lucky to escape a red card for dragging down Kenneth Zohore, before Ruben Loftus-Cheek grabbed a stoppage-time decider.
“We were lucky with the first goal, but I think we deserved to win,” commented Maurizio Sarri. “Sometimes during a season, you need to win matches like this.”
Sarri was a target for abuse from his own fans prior to the late rally but added: “I am getting used to this and, for me, it’s not a big problem.
“I just have to work to change their opinion. If I win matches, then the fans will be happy.”
Eden Hazard was left on the bench until the 53rd minute in Wales but should be back in the starting line-up here and has scored three times in the last two meetings with Albion.
We reckon 11/4 for the Belgium star to break the deadlock stands out from the Chelsea vs Brighton odds.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Higuain, Pedro, Willian.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton enjoyed wins over Huddersfield and Crystal Palace before the international break but are still involved in a relegation battle after Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Southampton left them five points clear of the drop zone.
Albion boss Chris Hughton has demanded an immediate improvement and threatened to drop some of his under-performing players for this weekend’s cup clash with Manchester City at Wembley.
“It was a big opportunity at home to increase the gap a bit more and there’s more pressure now,” he told the club website.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure we stay in this division. I expect and need a performance against Chelsea.
“If players aren’t doing well enough now, they may not play in the next game. We have competition for places here and all I’m interested in is performances now.”
The Seagulls are usually quite resilient at the back but tend to lack the attacking firepower to trouble top teams on the road.
Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Brighton betting tips by taking 8/1 for a 2-0 home victory.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Bernardo, Stephens, Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Murray.
Cardiff 1-2 CHELSEA – Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
BRIGHTON 0-1 Southampton
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-2 Chelsea, Brighton 0-4 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
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