Chelsea host Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League this weekend as the Blues look to bounce back from back-to-back defeats in all competitions.
It’s been a disappointing campaign for Chelsea so far and Frank Lampard, who was appointed caretaker manager earlier this month, has experienced no different. He has overseen two defeats without scoring against Wolves and Real Madrid, with their season now all but over.
Their Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of the quarter-final tie, plummeting the confidence of the squad even more as the final weeks of the season approach.
In-form Brighton now travel to Stamford Bridge in a what is a quick turnaround for Chelsea after the trip to Spain, and Roberto De Zerbi’s side will be keen to do the league double over Lampard’s side when they visit the capital.
Prior to their controversial defeat to Spurs, Brighton were unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions – winning five and drawing two – so the Seagulls will want to bounce back and back up the 4-1 thrashing that they inflicted on Chelsea back in October down on the south coast.
Here is all the information for the league encounter:
Date, kick-off-time and location
The Premier League clash between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion will kick-off at 3pm (UK) on Saturday 15th April 2023, with the game being played at Stamford Bridge, London.
How to watch Chelsea vs Brighton
For those based in the United Kingdom, it will not be available to watch live.
Chelsea team news to face Brighton
All of the squad were fit for the defeat to Real Madrid. Ben Chilwell was sent off in Spain but that won’t affect his domestic availability, so the 26-year-old will be available for selection.
Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante were withdrawn in the second half as they continued their return to full fitness, while Mason Mount earned his first minutes from the bench after a period out with injury.
Joao Felix and Raheem Sterling both missed huge chances in midweek and will be looking over their shoulders as Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Noni Madueke, Hakim Ziyech and David Datro Fofana all eye starting roles.
Benoit Badiashile was ineligible for selection against Real Madrid and will be back available for Lampard’s side on Saturday afternoon in west London. He could come into the side for Kalidou Koulibaly who has been ruled out for weeks with a hamstring injury.
Pre-match, Lampard confirmed: “No, he won’t be available for either game (vs Brighton and Real Madrid). Hamstring injury. It will be a matter of weeks rather than days.”
Chelsea 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
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