Can Chelsea continue to dream of Europe?

The Blues are having a disappointing season and are failing to live up to the high expectations following record transfers. The nadir was reached with the 5-0 defeat against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium. Since then, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been on the road to success and have the chance to play in the Europa League from September.

The Seagulls are tenth in the table and victory or defeat will not change their position in the mid-table of the Premier League. They are therefore out of reach of the international places in the English top flight. This is reflected in their recent results, with just one win and three defeats from their last six games

The Brighton v Chelsea clash is expected to have high odds for both teams as the teams’ season progression, injuries and inconsistent form leave doubts over the outcome of the pairing.

Brighton – Statistics & current form

The players of the Blue & Whites are on the beach, having secured their place in the league and with too big a points difference to the upper ranks of the table. For them, it’s all about a place in the top half. Especially after fluctuating performances, it is difficult to make a prediction in the match between Brighton and Chelsea

Key players are injured

The team from the south coast of England have had players Solly March and Kaoru Mitoma injured for months. This could be a reason for the poor performances – especially as coach Roberto De Zerbi, who is being watched by top clubs, plays bold attacking soccer. For this to work, the performance of each individual must be right, as otherwise individual mistakes lead to scoring opportunities for the opponent. This is one facet of the pairing that could play into the hands of the high-pressing team from London

Strong at home, but not enough for the big boys

The home side have won three of their last six games at the AMEX Stadium. This includes fourth-placed Aston Villa, who could make it into the Champions League this season. However, the players from Brighton were beaten two games to nil. But these were the giants Arsenal and Manchester City, who are fighting for the championship in a thrilling duel. To make a prediction for the Brighton v Chelsea clash, the home strength of De Zerbi’s side must be taken into account, as they have only lost to the Premier League leaders in their last 15 games.

Predicted Brighton line-up:

Chelsea – Statistics & current form

For the team from Stamford Bridge, it’s all about qualifying for the Europa League or Europa Conference League. After the defeat against Arsenal, Chelsea are on course for success. This is reflected in four unbeaten games in a row. Now a must-win match awaits. The club from King’s Road has already won twice against Brighton. The EFL Cup match was even decided in favor of Pochettino’s side at the AMEX Stadium

The problem with converting chances

Like the club from the south of England, the two-time Champions League winners have struggled to score goals. The Blues have scored more goals than expected goals (72.6 xG to 73 goals scored). However, the chances created include twelve penalties (the highest in the league), which found their way into the opponent’s net eleven times. That’s why the lack of coolness in the encounter between Brighton and Chelsea must be taken into account when making a prediction

Cole Palmer – the shooting star of Chelsea FC

With 21 goals and 10 assists, the 22-year-old Englishman is one of the top scorers this season. He has often been the only bright spot in recent months and has impressed with his qualities in front of goal. On average, he scored in almost 68% of the games in which his coach Mauricio Pochettino fielded him. With his ten assists, he even scored on average in every game. So there’s a good chance he’ll manage to put the ball behind the goal line again.

Predicted Chelsea line-up:

Brighton – Chelsea head-to-head comparison / H2H record

In total, the two teams have met 18 times, including 13 times in the Premier League. The Blues from King’s Road won seven of those matches. Only two of those victories came at the hands of the coastal side. However, the Seagulls’ chances are not bad, as the Blues are having a historically poor season. Despite being the favorites, there are high betting odds for the London club in the Brighton vs Chelsea match.

Brighton – Chelsea betting tip

Both teams play a high pressing game and are prone to mistakes in defense. That speaks for a match with goals on both sides. As a result, there are good odds on Brighton vs Chelsea for a bet that both teams will score. Unfortunately, the bookmakers see it the same way and a bet on both teams scoring is not really rewarded. However, this lends itself to a combination bet. For both goals and a Chelsea win, you get a lot of value with the bookmaker Happybet at odds of 3.00.

The teams are not only linked by the past tenures of coach Graham Potter, but also by their style of play. Apart from pressing, both teams are characterized by dominating possession and a correspondingly high passing accuracy. When Brighton and Chelsea meet, it can be predicted that it will be an attractive game. It is difficult to make a goal prediction from recent results, but if you want to play with risk, you can bet on a goal from Cole Palmer, which is rewarded with odds of 2.2 at Happybet.

In principle, this is an open game in which anything can happen. Two important statistics stand in contrast to each other. One is the three-match winning streak of the team from London and the outstanding home record of the Seagulls. Given the Blues’ high level of motivation and the fact that there is not much left at stake for the coastal side, we are leaning towards a win for the team from Stamford Bridge. This assumption is supported by the fact that the five-time Premier League winners have already won twice this season. That’s why we’re offering odds of up to 2.05 at Bwin for a Brighton v Chelsea win with three units

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