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Brighton vs Chelsea LIVE: Hakim Ziyech goal puts Blues ahead – Premier League updates

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Follow live updates as Brighton host Chelsea in the Premier League tonight. Thomas Tuchel’s side are looking to respond to their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, a result which left the Blues 13 points behind the Premier League leaders in the table and the Chelsea manager conceding that their title hopes are out of their hands.

In any case, Chelsea are without a win in three in the Premier League, a run which started with a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton in late December, with Danny Welbeck’s late header rescuing a point for Graham Potter’s side. Although Chelsea have won three matches in cup competitions since the New Year, it leaves them still looking for their first Premier League win of 2022.

Brighton, meanwhile, have been given a lift following recent wins over Brentford and Everton and Potter’s side sit ninth in the table and on a run of four games unbeaten. Brighton’s form this season has left Potter linked with the vacant position at Everton following the sacking of Rafael Benitez, but the Englishman has insisted he is happy at what he called “one of the best-run football clubs in the Premier League”. Tonight’s fixture is the last Premier League match standing after Watford’s trip to Burnley was postponed. Follow live updates from Brighton vs Chelsea below:


Half-time: Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

45+1 mins: Chelsea defend a Brighton corner to bring the match into half-time. Brighton’s early pressure hasn’t worked out for them after Hakim Ziyech’s long-ranged effort has given the Blues a one goal lead going into the break.

Chelsea have been far from their best but that has been down to Brighton’s discipline and pressure. If the Seagulls were more clinical in the final third Chelsea would have a game on their hands.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:48


Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

43 mins: Good pressing from Lamptey sees him block Antonio Rudiger’s forward ball out for a Chelsea throw in deep in their own half.

Chance! The ball is played up to Ziyech who attempts to pass it across to Hudson-Odoi. Brighton intercept the pass but Lukaku gets it back and feeds it into the box for the wingback. Mount makes a run into the middle of the box and wants the ball but Hudson-Odoi shoots and sends it over the crossbar!

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:46


Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

41 mins: Chance! Cucurella sends the ball up to Welbeck who takes it into the box. He drives at Azpilicueta before cutting inside and creating an angle to shoot. He fires a right-footed effort at goal but doesn’t catch it well and hoofs it over the goal.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:41


Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

38 mins: Gross picks out Moder in the box but he chooses to pass the ball backwards instead of taking a shot. The Seagulls come again with Cucurella played in down the left. He slots a cross towards the far side of the box but Lamptey leaps too early and can’t get a head to the ball.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:38


Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

35 mins: Chelsea burst forward on a counter-attack with Kante driving them forward. Mount sprints down the inside left but Kante’s pass across it too far out of reach and the ball rolls out for a Brighton throw in.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:36


Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea

32 mins: Brighton respond by winning a free kick and whipping it into the box. Thiago Silva wins the initial header and Kepa Arrizabalaga comes out to claim the second ball.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:33


GOAL! Brighton 0 – 1 Chelsea (Ziyech, 28’)⚽️

28 mins: Where has this come from?! Chelsea take the lead through Hakim Ziyech’s shot from outside the box. N’Golo Kante takes the ball into the penalty area and cuts it back to Ziyech. He comes inside and sets himself up for a left-footed strike. There’s a deflection off Alexis MacAllister and the ball sneaks past Robert Sanchez’s outstretched hand to finish in the bottom corner! Chelsea lead.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:29


Brighton 0 – 0 Chelsea

27 mins: Chance! Steven Alzate is given the ball in the middle of the pitch and turns it towards the Chelsea goal. He gets a signal from Welbeck and chips it over the Chelsea defence as the striker makes a run into the box. The ball bounces up for him to shoot but he gets it all wrong and misses the ball, letting it roll behind for a goal kick.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:28


Brighton 0 – 0 Chelsea

24 mins: Brighton are the team pushing forward in the opposition’s half. They’re trying to work the ball out wide to Lamptey and Cucurella but Chelsea are compact making it difficult to play through and around.

Welbeck is sent the ball as he comes out wide but Azpilicueta is quickly on top of him and boots the ball out for a throw in.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:27


Brighton 0 – 0 Chelsea

21 mins: Tariq Lamptey intercepts a pass then breaks through the middle, and evades an attempted tackle from Jorginho. He plays it out wide but the Brighton attack comes to nothing.

Chelsea’s patient build-up sees them switch the play over to Alonso on the left wing. He whips a cross into the box but sends the ball straight into the hands of Sanchez.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 20:24


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