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The Blues ended Man City’s hopes for an unprecedented quadruple by taking a 1-0 win at Wembley on Saturday, and it’s a quick turnaround for Thomas Tuchel’s men who now have to face a tricky Brighton side.
They’ll be buoyed by West Ham’s defeat to Newcastle, which opens a door to the top four, though the new proposed European Super League seems to eliminate any sort of competition element for those places so it remains to be seen whether or not that’s actually a priority for the Blues.
Brighton have had a longer rest than Chelsea as it’s over a week since they played out their dire 0-0 stalemate with Everton.
They’re race for safety is by no means a foregone conclusion, though fans would be exceptionally disappointed if they were to go down from being six points clear of safety with two games in hand.
The Seagulls have been one of the unluckier sides in the league this season, and it’s therefore no coincidence that they’ve proven very difficult to beat.
Indeed, they’ve only lost three games this season by more than a single strike and haven’t suffered that fate in any of their last 19 matches.
One of those three came against Chelsea themselves in their opening clash of the campaign, though that was under different management, and Tuchel has been far more reserved in his approach than Lampard was.
Chelsea To Win And Under 3.5 Goals
Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace was the only time in 19 matches under current management that they’ve scored more than twice, and it was business as usual with back-to-back 1-0 results since then so we’d be surprised if Chelsea ran away with this one.
The shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom was their only loss against the current bottom-eight clubs this season from 14 matches so far, so we’d expect them to come through this test, especially with their top four opponents slipping up at the weekend.
While the win to nil has been extremely profitable for this current Chelsea side, with nine of their last 10 wins across all competitions seeing them also manage clean sheets, we wouldn’t bank on that outcome again here with how fluid Brighton have played at times this season, and the win combined with a ‘Unders’ bet looks to be the safer option here, with that also landing in eight of the London sides’ last nine wins, as well as in each of Brighton’s last nine defeats.