Brighton will be the rival of this Saturday, January 20, of Chelsea, in their attempt to interrupt a series of five consecutive draws. At Amex Stadium in Brighton, the showdown kicks off at 10:30 a.m. (GMT). It is part of the schedule of the twenty-fourth round of the English Championship in its 2017/2018 version.
Brighton’s recent performance
Newly promoted to the First Division of the English Premier League, Brighton struggles to avoid the ‘iô-iô effect’. With 23 points (five wins, eight draws and ten losses) he is out of the relegation zone, but not to a great advantage. It is the sixteenth place with three more points in comparison with the Stoke, which opens the region of the sticking in the eighteenth place.
A small feat for a team that has a weak attack. With 17 goals scored in 23 matches is the second worst in the Premier League. Only the Flashlight Swansea (14 goals) managed to balance the networks of the rivals in smaller number of opportunities.
However, a reasonable defensive system has allowed the team to maintain stability. In home games, for example, he scored in nine (three wins and six losses) of the 11 matches.
The field factor also prevailed in its debut in the Glass of England. It defeated, by 2 to 1, Crystal Palace, that is in better situation in the English League.
To face Chelsea, Irish coach Chris Hughton has virtually the entire cast at his disposal. The only casualty for medical problems is veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell, who has yet to make his debut in the 2017/2018 season.
The current form of Chelsea
Eleven unbeaten games (five wins and six draws) or five games without a win. Any of these views can be applied to the Chelsea campaign. Without being beaten since December 9, when it took West Ham 2-1 in the Premier League, the team has been dropping the table.
Fruit of points wasted on ties. After occupying the vice-leadership, it ended up falling to the fourth position. He has 47 points (14 wins, five draws and four losses). Although he has no further pretensions to fight for the title, the position would force Chelsea to play in the knockout stages for the next edition of the Champions League.
The situation worsened further on Wednesday, 17 January. After failing to overcome Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup in a goalless draw, they had to replay and suffered a 1-1 draw in the final seconds of the final. Thus, he had to play another 30 minutes of extra time to finally advance by winning the penalty shootout.
In addition to forcing players to wear extra, the match caused two casualties for the duel this Saturday. The attackers Álvaro Morata (20 matches in the English Championship 2017/2018, ten goals) and Pedro (18 matches, four goals) have been sent off and will have to comply automatically with Brighton.
The list of important casualties may increase. Defender Gary Cahill (17 games, no goal) remains in injury treatment, as have newly hired midfielder Ross Barkley and midfielder Cesc Fabregas (20 games, one goal).
Owner of the worst offensive performance among the top five placed, Chelsea have encountered great difficulties in the attack command. Without Morata, the natural substitute would be the Belgian Michy Batshuay (11 games, two goals), who scored against Norwich. After all, it’s the only one available for position. However, he does not like the coach Antonio Conte, who can opt for a scheme without man of fixed area.
History of the bouts between Brighton and Chelsea
Chelsea’s 2-0 win in the first round of the current season of the English Premier League was the first official game between the teams. In 2012, Brighton scored 3-1 in Londoners in friendly.
Putting the ball in the net has been a problem for the two rivals this Saturday in the Premier League. This makes the draw option a good guess for the match. The price is 3.75 on Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house yields 5.50 per real invested and the return to success of the visitors is of 1,61. Prices in effect at 14:55 on 1/18/2018.