Brighton vs Chelsea 20 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during their English Premier League match against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London

Antonio Conte will be waiting to hear on the availability of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas who are both struggling with hamstring injuries but could make it back in time.

The Seagulls have only one injury-absence in Steve Sidwell.

Ultimately, the Blues should have just a bit too much class and quality for their opponents, and should be able to leave the South coast with three points under their belt.

Chelsea will also be without Alvaro Morata and Pedro, who are suspended after being sent off during Wednesday's FA Cup game against Norwich.

This match will very likely be a low scoring affair, as Chelsea's mishaps in front of goal are evident, while only Swansea have found the net less times than Brighton have in the Premier League this season.

Brighton have lost only two of their 11 Premier League home fixtures (W3, D6). But while they've been ineffective at set-pieces at both ends of the pitch, the visit of Chelsea should bring a much more suitable test for them which could see them in a contest that plays to their strengths.

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Conte will be hoping his new signing returns to match fitness as soon as possible, so he can call upon his services with his side lacking goals of late. However, only bottom club Swansea have scored fewer league goals than Brighton's 17 this season. There is a good aspect as we are unbeaten for many games.

One of the sides below the dotted line is Stoke City, and they begin life under Paul Lambert with a home game against a Huddersfield Town side who side just four points above them.

The 30 minutes that followed was full of talking points, as Willian was first denied a penalty and branded a yellow card for simulation instead.

What this all hid, however, is the fact three Chelsea players were booked in this game for simulation. Pedro and Alvaro Morata copping one-match suspensions thanks to a couple poor decisions only adds to Chelsea's concerns.

Brighton came away from the Hawthorn's empty-handed last weekend, as a 2-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion made it four Premier League games without a win. While home form has been their major source of strength during this campaign, they've so far failed to take any points from any of the top-six teams.

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