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Chelsea FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion, free match prediction 21 Apr 2021

21 Apr 2021 | 00:30 | London, Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea can move back into the top four with win over battling Brighton

  • Chelsea reached the FA Cup final at the weekend by beating Manchester City
  • The Blues fell out of the top four recently, but will return with a win here
  • Brighton are six points clear of relegation, with two games in hand

Chelsea to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: London, Stamford Bridge

CHELSEA FC vs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION Match Preview & Analysis

Chelsea football club are in a good place right now. They appear to have recruited their new manager wisely, with Thomas Tuchel suffering just two defeats from his first 19 games in charge, and led his side to an impressive win over Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend to take them to the final.

Due to the shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom recently, they fell out of the top four, with West Ham overtaking them – temporarily at least.

Depending on the results of the Liverpool game 24 hours before this one, Chelsea may have fallen to 6th. A win, however, would see them push back into the top four.

Brighton are likely to be safe this season, boasting a six-point lead over Fulham in 18th place, however the recent form of Newcastle has seen the South Coast side move a place closer to the bottom three.

They have seven points from their last five games and, if they can continue that run of form, will be comfortably safe.

Teams Preview

Chelsea FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Unbeaten in 14 games against Brighton

     They’ve kept 14 clean sheets from the 19 matches since Tuchel took over

Reasons to be fearful:

     Could be fatigued after the weekend’s FA Cup game

     Face losing back-to-back home games for the first time in two years

Chelsea have proved themselves to be at their very best right now with that FA Cup win over Manchester City at the weekend. City, who were going for a record Quadruple, were unable to match Chelsea’s intensity all over the pitch.

The likes of Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech were far too energetic for their opponents, and you can see exactly the improvements which Tuchel has made to the squad.

Here, The Blues will want to continue their fantastic record over Brighton, having gone undefeated since 1933. Despite this, their opponents will have had over a week to prepare for this, while Chelsea have had just a few days.

Thiago Silva may well be rested after playing at the weekend.

Star Man – Mason Mount

Ran City ragged at the weekend – the young Blues midfielder is establishing himself as one of the best in his position in the league.

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWWLD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Could win a record sixth game of the season at home

     And, they’ve kept 10 clean sheets this campaign, their best since 1981-82

Reasons to be fearful:

     They’ve won just two of their last nine fixtures

     Poor record vs. Chelsea

Brighton will be a little nervous looking at the current league table, seeing that they’re just two places above the relegation zone.

Despite that, they’ll be relatively pleased with their recent form, winning twice and drawing once from their last five matches, and with a gap of six points and two games in hand over Fulham, they’ll remain reasonably confident of staying up.

They know that they can claim a big result when they need to, with wins secured over the likes of Spurs and Liverpool this season. 

That may not be the case here, but with seven games to go, it’s likely their secure the required points.

Here, defenders Dan Burn and Adam Webster could start, having both returned from injury.

Star Man – Danny Welbeck

Scored recently against Manchester United recently, the pacey striker could be key to stretching Chelsea’s defence.

CHELSEA FC vs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION Winning Prediction

     Chelsea will start as clear favourites

     There should be chances at both ends

     The home side will make several changes after FA Cup win

With a squad the size of Chelsea’s, they can afford to rotate several players between matches and expect the same type of performance.

After their FA Cup win just a few days ago, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make a few changes, but with players like Pulisic, Havertz and Alonso to bring in, they should still be too strong here.

Brighton have performed brilliantly at times this season, but they’ll have their work cut out here.

Chelsea to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.