EPL:Potter Returns to Brighton with Chelsea



One of the traditional Saturday 3pm kick-offs in the English Premier League this weekend sees Chelsea travel to play Brighton and Hove Albion.

The game will be played at the American Express Community Stadium and the hosts begin the weekend in 9th place on 15 points while the visitors are in 5th place on 21 pointsBrighton come into the match having lost 3-1 at Manchester City last weekend.

Brighton conceded 2 goals in the first half but had a glimmer of hope when they got one back early in the second period.

Manchester City added a third goal with 15 minutes remaining on the clock to seal maximum points.

That result means Brighton have failed to win any of their 5 most recent fixtures in the Premier League.In addition to the loss at Manchester City, The Seagulls have lost to Tottenham Hotspur at home and Brentford away.

There have been draws at Liverpool and at home with Nottingham Forest.

Despite having achieved just 1 win in their 7 most recent games in all competitions, Brighton are not easy to beat when playing at home. Trends show Brighton are undefeated in 8 of their last 9 home fixtures in the Premier League.

They have managed to keep a clean sheet in 3 of their 5 most recent home league matches and Brighton have seen under 2.5 goals scored in 4 of their last 5 home Premier League games.

Chelsea travel to the American Express Community Stadium having sealed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks to a 2-1 win at Salzburg on Tuesday night.

The Blues opened the scoring in the 23rd minute but conceded an equaliser shortly after half time. Chelsea were the better team for much of the game and scored a deserved winner in the 64th minute to progress.

That result means Chelsea are undefeated in their 9 most recent games in all competitions.

They have won 6 of those matches but have failed to pick up victories in their 2 most recent Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Brentford and conceded a late equaliser to Manchester United last weekend.

Chelsea have won only 2 of their last 5 away Premier League matches but are undefeated against Brighton in their last 11 encounters in all competitions.

Team news and Brighton are expected to be without the injured trio of Joel Veltman, Kaoru Mitoma, and Enoch Mwepu.

They also have doubts over the fitness of Adam Lallana.

Chelsea will be without three players of their own as Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, and Reece James are all in the treatment room.

Mason Mount is expected to start having been on the bench on Tuesday and Kalidou Koulibaly could return from injury.It could be a difficult afternoon for Graham Potter as he returns to Brighton.

The Seagulls are tough to beat on home soil and with Chelsea winning only 2 of their last 5 away league games, this could be a difficult afternoon for the visitors.

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