Chelsea FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion EPL Betting Picks
|Chelsea FC||Lines||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Over 3||Total||Under 3|
Chelsea FC -230
While there has been a lot for Chelsea fans to enjoy since the appointment of Frank Lampard, the Blues boss is aware that he will only remain at the helm for the long term if his side turn performances into results.
That has not always been the case, with Chelsea having nothing to show from encouraging performances against Manchester United and two tussles with Liverpool, while they also missed a late penalty in the narrow defeat to Valencia in the Champions League.
The club legend will have every confidence that his team can achieve their desired results, although their task will be made much more comfortable if they can finally end their nine-game streak without keeping a clean sheet.
Injuries to several defenders does not help matters, but Lampard can at least now call upon Reece James at right-back with the youngster having recovered from an ankle injury.
N'Golo Kante also highlighted his importance to this team with a trademark energetic outing against Liverpool last weekend, and the presence of the pair could potentially prove more pivotal than having extra options in the final third.
Chelsea is ranked on the 1st place in the standings with 93 points, 85 goals scored and 33 goals received in the last 38 leagueevents. They have failed to win 5 of their last 38 matches in English Premier League.In their last match they won against Sunderland.
Chelsea FC Key Player
|Note: Chelsea starlet Mason Mount came close to equalising at the weekend, but he remains the only man to score inside the first ten minutes of a PL game here this season.|
|Bet This Match|
|Draw No Bet: Brighton & Hove Albion +450||BET HERE|
|To Keep a Clean Sheet: Chelsea +140||BET HERE|
Brighton & Hove Albion+716
Brighton have also had a very poor start to the season as they are 14th on the ladder with only 6 points. In their last match, Brighton only managed a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United. It was a poor attacking display from Brighton as they managed to control over 70% of the ball but failed to score.
The forwards have been poor for Brighton all season as they have only scored 5 goals in 6 games. Brighton have only won 1 game all season and it is expected to be tough for them to get a result at Stamford Bridge.
Fixtures against West Ham United, Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle United were an opportunity to keep away from the relegation zone heading into the winter months, but a return of three points from a possible 12 has placed pressure on the Seagulls.
Given the youthful look to the team which faced Aston Villa in the EFL Cup earlier this week, the subsequent defeat was not a total surprise, while positives will be taken from some of the performances from his younger crop.
Nevertheless, Brighton's only win in seven has come from a scrappy game at Bristol Rovers, and the onus is now on the Englishman to get his team back on track, starting this weekend.
We think Brighton have the tools to make life difficult again for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and we feel there is value in backing them in the double chance market this weekend.
Brighton & Hove Albion Key Player
|Note: Neal Maupay is the only man to score in the league for Brighton prior to the hour mark this season.|
The Picks: Chelsea FC -230, Over 3
|Chelsea FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion Extra Points|
|Chelsea have won all four of their Premier League games against Brighton, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once.|
|Brighton have lost all eight of their league meetings with Chelsea (four in the second tier between 1983 and 1989, four in the Premier League).|
|Chelsea have shipped 13 Premier League goals so far this season and are yet to keep a clean sheet. The last time they failed to keep a single clean sheet in their opening seven games to a top-flight season was in 1990-91.|
|Brighton have failed to score in five of their last seven away league games (W1 D3 L3). Indeed, since their promotion to the Premier League in 2017 only Huddersfield (23) have failed to score in more away games than the Seagulls (22).|
|A defeat here for Brighton against Chelsea would set a record since the Football League began in 1888 for most games against an opponent while losing each game (currently eight defeats) – Bournemouth also lost all eight of their games against Wimbledon between 1977 and 1984.|