The Blues travel to the Amex Stadium hoping for a repeat of last season’s 4-0 victory
Chelsea travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League and will be hoping to for another impressive result.
In their last league fixture, Maurizio Sarri’s side ended the unbeaten run of Manchester City with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.
Despite ending City’s unbeaten start, the Blues sit in fourth place – ten points off the top.
When Chelsea last played away from home, they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, despite having taken the lead through Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Brighton head into the match on the back of a 1-0 loss at Burnley, which brought to an end their three-match unbeaten run.
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This will be just the 11th meeting between the two sides and Chelsea come out on top, winning eight of those, while Brighton have just one win to their name with one draw.
The last time these two met in this fixture was back in January, when Chelsea comfortably ran out 4-0 winners, with Eden Hazard scoring twice.
What the managers are saying
Chris Hughton (Brighton): “Chelsea have adapted very well (to their new manage). Any team that beats Manchester City at the moment shows the quality they’ve got.”
Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “It is a very important match. We need to confirm our motivation and determination like we showed in the last match. We need these qualities with continuity because every match is three points. We need to improve, improve a lot. This match for us is really very important. Maybe it is the most important in this season at this moment.”
Maurizio Sarri recalled all his big guns for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Brighton, making 10 changes from Thursday’s Europa League draw at Vidi.
Brazil forward Willian was the only player to retain his starting berth from the Blues’ 2-2 draw in midweek European action.
Eden Hazard was poised to operate in the false nine role up front, with Olivier Giroud on the bench and Alvaro Morata missing out through knee trouble.
Striker Glenn Murray returned for Brighton in a Seagulls line-up showing three changes from last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Burnley.
Brighton: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Propper, Stpehens, March, Gross, Murray
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazrad, Willian