Brighton vs Chelsea 20 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

"The Chelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" Daily MailChelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" says the Blues are keeping an eye on Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, despite his lack of goals in the Premier League this season.

Michy Batshuayi's strike in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win against Norwich City, a success achieved on penalties after a 1-1 draw, was the Blues' first goal after three successive scoreless draws.

Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez are both suspended after their late red cards on Wednesday.

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Chelsea XI, listed in squad number order. Belgium star Eden Hazard has only finished one game this season on the field and both wingers Willian and Pedrom have also issues their concerns about playing more minutes.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made it clear on numerous occasions that he feels his current squad is not big enough to compete on all fronts, and wants reinforcements. The victor was scored by current Brighton player Glenn Murray. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club.

If the Seagulls can defend well and frustrate their visitors, they will be in with a fantastic chance of stealing a goal, and a famous victory.

Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are all doubts.

Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell will miss out with an ankle injury.

These two teams have met just nine times in their history, with Chelsea taking the honours on seven occasions.

They take on a Newcastle United side who have won just two of their last fourteen league games and sit just three points above the relegation zone.

Merson added: "Brighton are decent at home". The Blues will be hoping for a repeat performance this time around. "I think he has the quality to score more goals".

Chelsea need to rediscover their scoring touch, and will need to perform well to break down a very well organised and well-disciplined Brighton team. Having set up with negative tactics to take appoint, Brighton left with a negative result as the better Albion on the day claimed all three points.

  • Stacy Allen