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PMB: Brighton v Chelsea - the numbers

With a trip to the South Coast following hard on the heels of our game in Hungary, club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview with key facts and figures ahead of the game...

Chelsea In Numbers

The Blues have lost three of our last 23 Premier League matches winning 14 of them.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are looking to avoid three successive away defeats in the Premier League for the first time since March.

Chelsea have scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season – more than any other Premier League side.

Cesar Azpilicueta has made more blocks (10) and has attempted more tackles (47) than any other Blues player in the Premier League this term.

N’Golo Kante had made more interceptions in the Premier League than any other Chelsea player (20).

Last six games

Premier League scorers

Hazard 7 (2 pens), Morata 5, Pedro 5, Barkley 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Kante 2, Willian 2, Alonso 1, David Luiz 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Rudiger 1, own-goal 1

League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 4
An away defeat: 0

Chelsea’s next three games

Wednesday 19 December - Chelsea v Bournemouth - Carabao Cup

Saturday 22 December - Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League

Wednesday 26 December - Watford v Chelsea - Premier League



If selected, Marcos Alonso will make his 100th appearance for the club.


Formed 1901


Football League third tier: 1957/58, 2001/02, 2010/11
Football League fourth tier: 1964/65, 2000/01
Charity Shield: 1910

Brighton have won one of their 10 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the top four (two draws, seven defeats). They beat Manchester United 1-0 in May.

Brighton have lost one (Tottenham in September) of their last 10 home Premier League games (five wins, four draws).

At the Amex Stadium this season, Brighton have won 14 points from a possible 21 with four wins against Man Utd, West Ham, Wolves and Crystal Palace.

Among teams currently in the bottom half of the table, no side have conceded fewer goals than Brighton (22).

Glenn Murray has scored in more home games than any other Premier League player this season, netting in six of his seven appearances at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton are four points better off than they were at this stage in their debut Premier League season, and have scored five more goals.


Manager Chris Hughton
Days in charge: 1,446
Played: 187
Won: 82
Drawn: 49
Lost: 56

Chris Hughton’s record v Chelsea
Won: 1
Drawn: 2
Lost: 6




Premier League scorers
Murray 8 (3 pens), Duffy 3, Andone 2, Dunk 2, Balogun 1, Gross 1 (pen), Kayal 1, Knockaert 1.



Saturday 8 December
Burnley 1 – 0 Brighton
Team 4-3-3: Ryan; Bruno (c), Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Gross (Stephens 79), Propper, Bissouma; Knockaert (Locadia 63), Andone (Murray 63), March
Attendance: 18,497

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 4



Brighton’s Shane Duffy is suspended.

From this season yellow cards will only count in the competition they are received. In the Premier League five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures (Watford on Boxing Day) will result in a one-match suspension.

2018/19 Premier League bookings
Jorginho 3, Kante 3, Morata 3, Rudiger 3, Alonso 2, Hazard 2, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, David Luiz 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1



Referee Stuart Attwell is the official for the first time for a Chelsea match in the Premier League. His two previous Blues games were FA Cup ties against Norwich last January and Southend in 2009.