Brighton vs Chelsea LIVE: 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:


Brighton vs Chelsea

Here come the teams. Cesar Azpilicueta leads out Chelsea. Kepa Arrizabalaga is once again in goal with Edouard Mendy at the Africa Cup of Nations. He’ll want to get a clean sheet under his belt.

Adam Webster captains Brighton. There’s a good atmosphere around the Amex Stadium, the Seagulls are in good form, can they take some points away from Chelsea tonight?

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:58


Brighton vs Chelsea: Pre-game thoughts of Graham Potter

Brighton boss, Graham Potter spoke to BT Sport before kick off to talk about what he expects from tonight’s game. He said:

We’ve slightly changed. As always, it’s a different game. We had a good performance at Stamford Bridge but it doesn’t count for anything tonight.

“Results help because it gives you a bit of confidence and belief. I don’t think too much has changed since last year. It’s amazing what a bit of belief does. We’ve had a few more goals and we believe in what we’re doing.

“We know we have a really tough game tonight. The Premier League is tough so you have to keep going until the end.”

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:55


Brighton vs Chelsea

Since Thomas Tuchel took charge of Chelsea, the Blues have only conceded an average of 0.6 goals per game (41 in 65) and have kept a clean sheet in 54% of their outings (35/65); both the best figures of any team across the big five European leagues in this period.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:51


Brighton vs Chelsea: Warm-ups

With just over 10 minutes to go until kick off, the warm-ups are done at the Amex Stadium. Chelsea will move back into second place if they can beat the Seagulls this evening whilst Brighton can draw level on points with Wolves in eighth place.

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Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:48


Brighton vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel ‘very confident’ he can see out Chelsea contract running to 2024

The German boss is approaching one year at the Stamford Bridge helm, in which time he has led the Blues to the Champions League and European Super Cup titles, and the FA Cup final.

The Blues trail runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City by 13 points after Saturday’s 1-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium however, with expectations of a genuine title challenge dashed after frustrating recent results.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:45


Brighton vs Chelsea

Chelsea only had seven touches in Manchester City’s penalty area on Saturday, their fewest in a league match for seven years. Romelu Lukaku missed a big chance against the league leaders and will want to rectify that with a goal tonight.

Lukaku is just two shy of 200 career league goals, could he get them both this evening?

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Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:42


Brighton vs Chelsea

Brighton’s tally of 28 points from 20 matches is their highest at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1981-82.

But, they have won just two of their 14 Premier League fixtures on a Tuesday, beating Crystal Palace in December 2018 and Manchester City last May.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:39


Brighton vs Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku is right, he is not an easy fit in Chelsea’s system

It is tempting to wonder what might have been if, at the start of the second half at the Etihad on Saturday, the only shot on target that Chelsea managed all afternoon had been placed around the onrushing Ederson rather than easily within his reach.

Maybe Thomas Tuchel would have taken more positives from the performance, maybe Manchester City would even have lost, maybe there would still have been a sliver of intrigue for us to savour in the final four months of this Premier League title race.

Maybe Romelu Lukaku would have taken the first step on his long road back to something approaching redemption, too.

The narrative almost demanded that, very much against the run of play, he should convert that golden one-on-one opportunity to put his side ahead – not only to repair some of the damage done by last month’s explosive interview to Sky Sports Italia, but also to damage a club that he revealed he had almost joined, who offered him much more money than Chelsea did, by the way.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:36


Brighton vs Chelsea: Werner on Brighton

Timo Werner says that Brighton play football like a big named club and play ‘without fear’ making tonight’s fixture a tough one for Chelsea. He said:

When you play against a team like Brighton it is very dangerous because they have not the biggest name, but they play football like the big names.

“When they played here and we drew against them, I was sitting in the stands because I was injured, and I was very impressed with how they play football.

“They have a very good style of football, direct up front and also playing without fear. So they are a very good team and you have to be very careful to play against them because they can switch the speed up very quickly.”

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:33


Brighton vs Chelsea

Chelsea have dropped points in eight of their last 12 league games, keeping just two clean sheets.

They are winless in three top-flight matches for the first time under Thomas Tuchel and could fail to score in back-to-back away league fixtures for the first time since August 2019.

Michael Jones18 January 2022 19:29


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