It has been an infrequently contested fixture down the years, but with the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of the past meetings between the sides...
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Chelsea and Brighton meet for only for the seventh occasion in the league – third in the top flight – and 11th overall. The Blues enjoy a 100 per cent record in the league and have won eight of the 10 encounters in all competitions.
A 1-0 midweek victory in March 1989, thanks to a Kevin Wilson goal, paved the way for Bobby Campbell’s side to leapfrog leaders Man City the following week, en route to promotion after a single season below.
Sunday brings the Londoners’ second Premier League visit to this part of Sussex. Chris Hughton changed his defensive shape to three at the back for this fixture last season, and the Blues fired four past goalkeeper Maty Ryan.
‘It will be remembered for a couple of the goals and the performance of Eden Hazard,’ recalled Hughton this week. Should your memory need refreshing, here are the highlights, including some stunning team efforts.
Seventeen-year-old debutant Peter Osgood, who went on to be crowned ‘King of Stamford Bridge,’ scored both goals in the last 10 minutes of a 2-0 League Cup quarter-final win at home to Workington on 16 December 1964.
Albion’s only victory against the Blues was in the third round of the FA Cup in January 1933. George Barber scored for the visitors in a 1-2 defeat.