Kick-off: 2000, 20/04/2021
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
After advancing in the Champions League and FA Cup last week, Chelsea will now look to climb into the Premier League’s top four by seeing off Brighton.
The Blues have already beaten Albion away from home this season and have taken maximum points from meetings at Stamford Bridge for the past three years.
Their opponents failed to score in any of those games and, in fact, have never hit the target at this venue following six past visits.
It seems obvious to make 7/5 for a home win to nil our first Chelsea vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea built on reaching the Champions League semis by edging out Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to secure a place in the FA Cup decider.
Hakim Ziyech gave the London outfit a deserved lead on 55 minutes after being set up by the impressive Timo Werner.
City pushed hard for an equaliser late on, but Thomas Tuchel’s defence held firm, giving him 14 clean sheets from 19 games in charge.
“I am very, very happy and proud with the performance of our team because we played with a lot of courage,” commented Tuchel.
“We were very self-confident and played very brave with the ball and against the ball.
“We had a very good start to the match, the first 35 minutes of the first half and the first half of the second half.
“We were very active, we did not get passive and we deserved the win against maybe the best manager and clearly one of the best teams.
“We are very happy with the performance and it will be a huge boost for our self-confidence and for our progression for our development.”
Tuchel was also quick to point out that his team must now focus on two important league matches before facing Real Madrid in Europe, with fellow top-four hopefuls West Ham next up.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Brighton odds, we like 6/1 for a 2-0 home victory here.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Silva, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Ziyech, Werner.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton nudged closer to safety when drawing 0-0 with Everton at Amex Stadium last time out.
The Seagulls were the better team on the ball but, as has so often been the case this term, lacked a cutting edge up front.
Graham Potter stated: “There was a little bit of frustration but I think overall I’d rather focus on a lot of the good things that we did.
“I thought we had a good intent, I thought we were the team that was closest to winning. I thought we just lacked a little bit in the final third in terms of decision and execution.
“In the end, it’s a point for us, it’s an important point for us, a clean sheet and we have to move forward and take that.”
This is obviously a much stiffer test, though, and Albion may have to wait for Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United to further enhance their survival hopes.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho will have fond memories of facing Brighton, opening the scoring from the penalty spot in two of their last three encounters.
Let’s go with the Italy international to net at any time here at 11/4 to complete our Chelsea vs Brighton betting tips.
Last Brighton line-up: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Veltman, Bissouma, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Maupay, Trossard, Welbeck.
CHELSEA 1-0 Man City – Hakim Ziyech
BRIGHTON 0-0 Everton
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea, Brighton 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Brighton, Chelsea 3-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-2 Chelsea
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