Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: English champions Chelsea will visit Brighton & Hove Albion for the first time in the Premier League on January 20.
Last time: Chelsea recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton when the pair met at Stamford Bridge in the latter stages of 2017. Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso scored the goals for Antonio Conte’s side in London.
This time: Brighton are 15/2 to win with Chelsea available at 1/2 and the draw at 67/20.
You might remember: Chelsea beat Brighton 1-0 when they last travelled to the Seagulls during the 1988-89 Division Two season. Kevin Wilson scored the only goal of the match in front of little under 13,000 supporters.
Brighton's Last Six:
Brighton’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2
Steve Sidwell remains on the sidelines for Brighton, but head coach Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns from the defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
Tomer Hemed is pushing for a spot in the final third of the field.
Chelsea's Last Six:
Chelsea’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 4 Lost: 0
Pedro and Willian will come into the thinking of head coach Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s struggles in the final third of the field.
Gary Cahill could miss out after picking up a problem in the goalless draw with Leicester City in the Premier League last time out.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Brighton will look to record their first win over Chelsea since the 1932-33 FA Cup when they welcome the Blues to the Falmer Stadium this weekend. Chris Hughton’s side lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the first ever Premier League match between the two teams on December 26, and the Seagulls have actually not scored a single goal against the Blues since September 1983. It will be a famous afternoon in East Sussex.
Brighton are 15/2 to win as the Seagulls look to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League last time out. Brighton have only won once in the league since the beginning of November, and will enter this match off the back of a four-game winless run. A disappointing run of form has seen Hughton’s side drop to 15th position in the table, which will be a concern at this stage.
Chelsea are 1/2 to collect all three points. The Blues have drawn three of their last five in the Premier League, however, and were held to a goalless draw by Leicester in the league last weekend. Conte’s side have won six of their 11 league fixtures on the road though, conceding just nine times in the process. Indeed, only leaders Manchester City have performed better on their travels during the 2017-18 season.
The draw is available at 67/20, and when considering Chelsea’s difficulties winning Premier League matches in recent weeks, it is good value. Brighton have also drawn six of their 11 home league fixtures this season – losing just twice at the Falmer Stadium. The home side will attempt to make it very difficult for a Chelsea team that are now playing catch-up when it comes to second-placed Manchester United.
Tomer Hemed is 11/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the 30-year-old can be backed at 33/1 to score two or more goals in this match. Brighton boss Hughton could turn to the Israel international to harm a Chelsea defence that was very untidy in their draw with Leicester at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Alvaro Morata is 3/1 in the first goalscorer market. The Spaniard has had a lot of criticism in recent weeks following a difficult run of form, but there is no question that the Spaniard has the qualities to upset Brighton. It is 6/1, meanwhile, that the former Real Madrid man scores two or more goals against the Seagulls.
Predicted Score: Brighton 1 - 2 Chelsea
Look out for:
The both teams to score market brings excellent value. Brighton and Chelsea to both be on the scoresheet is available at 7/5, while it is 4/6 that does not occur in this particular match.
Correct score of 2-1 Chelsea is available at 17/2. It promises to be a tight affair between two teams in desperate need of the points, but we fancy the away side to just nick it. It is good value when considering recent results.
It’s a long shot, but:
Brighton to record a 1-0 win is available at 16/1. Chelsea have found it difficult to score goals in recent weeks, and they will come up against a Brighton team that have proved very difficult to beat on home soil this season.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.