Chelsea’s campaign this season is looking bright. They have reached the FA Cup final, UCL semifinal and now ongoing for the UCL ticket in the top four. Despite a stunning loss against West Brom and Porto, Thomas Tuchel’s side has been constantly improving. This week, they will be playing host to Brighton, which are struggling in the relegation battle this season.
The teams’ previous games
The Blues managed to finally get past Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal last weekend after beating Pep Guardiola’s side 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Hakim Ziyech taking advantage from Timo Werner’s assist.
Meanwhile, the Seagulls held Everton in a goalless draw in their last outing. They are now still on the sixteenth on the table with 33 points, which is seven points clear from Fulham on the 18th.
Thomas Tuchel has always been in favour of 3-4-2-1. Either Timo Werner or Kai Havertz is likely to feature as the false nine again supported by Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech or Christian Pulisic behind the former Bundesliga player. The formation can be tweaked to 3-4-1-2 as well. Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen are the only names ruled out here.
Graham Potter is likely to deploy the similar formation with Neal Maupay leading the attack supported by Danny Wellbeck and Leandro Trossard behind him. Unfortunately, some names are on the sideline including Solly March, Tariq Lamptey, Aaron Connolly and the Romanian international Florian And one.
Players to watch
The versatile Mason Mount has been one of the indispensable names in Chelsea. He has netted seven goals and made five assists in UCL and Premier League this season. Another notable name to watch is the former Leipzig man Timo Werner, who is still deadly in the six yard box although not always become the finisher but more as a provider.
Brighton’s top performers this season are the Belgian international Leandro Trossard who has registered four goals and five assists in the process, the skipper Lewis Dunk with four goals so far and the goalie Robert Sanchez, who has been in-form and earned Spain national team call-up.
Chelsea vs Brighton Prediction
Thomas Tuchel’s men are expected to clinch three points easily here. Their starting line up’s quality barely degrades although the German boss does need to rotate the squad. Brighton’s point is still relatively safe for now from the red zone. A solid three points for the Blues.