Verdict: Chelsea win
Best odds: 4/7
With the possibility of taking over the Champions League positions on Tuesday night, Chelsea will host Brighton in an empty Stamford Bridge midweek.
Starting with the hosts, after shocking many with their FA Cup presentation this weekend, the atmosphere in Chelsea camp is expected to be at its highest. Putting an end to Manchester City’s hopes of winning a quadruple campaign this season at Wembley on Saturday night, the Blues claimed a 1-0 victory in the capital. Also managing to extend their Champions League journey earlier in the month after finally securing a 2-1 cumulative victory over Porto, new boss Thomas Tuchel has received a string of accolades since taking office at Stamford Bridge in January. . While it looks like their remarkable 5-2 loss to relegation dropouts West Brom after returning from the international break was just a small mistake, Chelsea know the midweek victory would see them back in the top four. Losing just one domestic game since the former PSG boss took control, Tuesday’s hosts will be confident to extend their recent purple patch.
Andreas Christensen is set to return for Chelsea after a three-game absence due to a muscle injury.
Thiago Silva could be rested, with head coach Thomas Tuchel concerned about the Brazilian’s recent workload, while Mateo Kovacic remains out.
As for the visitors, who showcased what was a stubborn display on home soil last week, Brighton is simply aiming to try and expand its buffer zone over the drop zone. Eventually playing a 0-0 stalemate against European foreigners Everton at the Amex, Graham Potter’s side will travel to Stamford Bridge midweek with a six-point buffer to slip into the bottom three. Managing to enter the March international break with back-to-back wins over Southampton and Newcastle, Graham Potter’s side still feel like a club looking for stability. Although the South Coast side have lost just one of their last four Premier League clashes, the former Swansea boss has only seen his side record a pair of wins since that 1-0 win. at Anfield on February 3. However, facing a difficult midweek trip to West London, it should be noted that in addition to a 3-1 loss to Chelsea earlier in the season, Brighton has lost all three of its previous games at Stamford Bridge.
Brighton defenders Adam Webster and Dan Burn are in the running to start, both returning to the squad of the day for last week’s draw against Everton.
Aaron Connolly is in good shape after a foot injury and Percy Tau could be involved.
Key factors to consider
- When the two teams met at the Amex in September, Chelsea earned a 3-1 victory.
- Likewise, the Blues have won each of their three meetings against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
- Despite losing just one of their last four games, the Seagulls have recorded just a pair of wins since the start of February.
- Brighton have failed to score more than one strike in any of their nine away games in all formats.
- Chelsea have lost just one domestic game since Thomas Tuchel took over in January.
Managing to secure the 1-0 victory over Manchester City and reserve their place for this year’s FA Cup final this weekend, Chelsea will find the mood in their camp at the top. Receiving a series of applause since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins in January, the Blues know that three points in the middle of the week will allow them to return to the top four. While it seems their astonishing loss to West Brom after returning from the international break was just a small mistake, the former Premier League champions will be looking to extend their recent purple patch. While Brighton might have managed to gain a point over European foreigners Everton last time around, the Seagulls face a severe test on their midweek trips. Suffering a 3-1 loss when they hosted Chelsea on the South Coast earlier in the season and losing their three trips to Stamford Bridge, we are backing a similar result on Tuesday night.
Verdict: Chelsea win
Best odds: 4/7