Defeat to Man City saw Chelsea drop to 13 points behind the league leaders, effectively ending their title challenge, to their only real priority right now is avoid getting drawn into a battle for the top four, and they can’t can then turn their attentions to the cup competitions as they remain in all of the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
The Blues has won three successive games in all competitions for the first time since mid-October prior to the weekend, and they’d like to build up some momentum again.
Brighton kept their usual stalemate form up with a 1-1 draw hosting Crystal Palace on Friday night which now takes their tally to 12 draws in 90 minutes in their last 17 outings across all competitions, with one of those coming in the reverse fixture.
The Seagulls have recorded the most draws in each of their seasons under Graham Potter, with punters returning an 11% profit from backing the draw since the start of his tenure.
Chelsea spurned numerous opportunities the last time these sides met at the end of December, with Mike Dean playing his part before Danny Welbeck equalised deep into stoppage time.
Brighton And Chelsea To Draw
Brighton are proving incredibly difficult to beat at the moment, with only the top three sides losing more than them this season, though with that said, they’re still yet to beat a side currently above them in the table (D4-L2).
The difference maker here could well be the venue, with Chelsea performing better on the road this season than on home soil. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel’s men are on a run of W4-D6 from their last 10 home outings across all competitions, while in the league alone they’ve drawn five of their last six, so playing at the Amex seems like it will favour the London side.
A 2-0 win over Brentford is Brighton’s only home league win since mid-September in a run of W1-D4-L2.
Brighton And Chelsea To Draw 1-1
While it’s hard to envisage Brighton taking all three points here, they’re more than capable of snatching a point. Chelsea will dominate proceedings, though they’ve often struggled to break down defences and this is geared up to be another frustrating night for the Blues in which they will have to be extremely patient, leaving the draw looking like the best value bet on this occasion.
Brighton have seen an average of 1.9 points per game on home soil this year, while four of their last seven matches have finished 1-1.
Three of the last four meetings between these sides have finished all square with two of those ending 1-1 and the correct score looks worth a punt too.
BRIGHTON AND CHELSEA TO DRAW
BRIGHTON AND CHELSEA TO DRAW 1-1