It's back to the Bridge after three consecutive away games in three different countries. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our build-up to Brighton's visit...
Chelsea In Numbers
Maurizio Sarri’s side have lost just one Premier League home game so far this season (Leicester in December), and have kept six clean sheets in our past nine at Stamford Bridge, conceding three goals in total during this period.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s equaliser against Cardiff on Sunday was his first goal of the season, making him the 14th Chelsea player to score in the Premier League in 2018/19. Only Man Utd have had more different scorers this season (15).
The Blues have lost one of our past 18 home games in the Premier League (10 wins, seven draws).
Maurizio Sarri’s side have only committed 280 fouls (nine per game) in the league this season; only Manchester City have conceded fewer (266).
Cesar Azpilicueta is the only Blues player to start every Premier League game this season.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 13 (4 pens), Pedro 8, Morata 5, Loftus-Cheek 4, Barkley 3, Higuain 3, Kante 3, Willian 3, David Luiz 2, Jorginho 2 (1 pen), Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Giroud 1, Rudiger 1, own-goals 2.
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 5
Chelsea’s next three games
Monday 8 April - Chelsea v West Ham - Premier League
Thursday 11 April - Slavia Prague v Chelsea - Europa League
Sunday 14 April - Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League
N’Golo Kante’s next appearance will be his 100th for Chelsea in the Premier League.
BRIGHTON IN NUMBERS
Football League third tier: 1957/58, 2001/02, 2010/11
Football League fourth tier: 1964/65, 2000/01
Charity Shield: 1910
Brighton won their last away Premier League game (2-1 v Crystal Palace), but have not won consecutive league games on the road since November 2017.
Chris Hughton’s side have won 11 points on the road this term in 15 games. They have won three at Newcastle, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace, drawn at Southampton and West Ham and lost 10 at Watford, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Cardiff, Burnley, Bournemouth, Manchester United, Fulham and Leicester.
Brighton have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last 10 away league games.
The Seagulls have lost all nine of their Premier League away games against ‘big six’ sides, scoring two goals in those matches.
Glenn Murray has scored three goals in his last three away games for Brighton in the Premier League, as many as he managed in his previous 24 such games on the road.
Brighton have scored 28 per cent of their goals from corner-kick situations this season (9/32), a higher percentage than any other team in the Premier League in 2018/19.
Only one of Brighton’s 32 Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box.
Chris Hughton’s side have committed more fouls this term than any other Premier League side (379).
Chris Hughton is the fourth longest-serving manager at a club currently in the Premier League.
1 Eddie Howe - 12 October 2012
2 Sean Dyche - 30 October 2012
3 Mauricio Pochettino - 27 May 2014
4 Chris Hughton - 31 December 2014
5 Jurgen Klopp - 8 October 2015
Manager: Chris Hughton
Days in charge: 1,554
Chris Hughton’s managerial record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Murray 11 (3 pens), Duffy 5, Andone 3, Dunk 2, Gross 2 (1 pen), Knockaert 2, Locadia 2, Balogun 1, Kayal 1, March 1, Propper 1, Stephens 1.
BRIGHTON’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 30 March
Brighton 0 - 1 Southampton
Team 4-3-3: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk (c), Bernardo; Bissouma, Stephens, Propper (Locadia 74); Knockaert, Murray, Jahanbakhsh (March 62).
Booked: Stephens 15
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 4
An away defeat: 1
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban. Brighton is our 32nd match.
Premier League bookings 41
Jorginho 7, Rudiger 7, Alonso 6, David Luiz 3, Kanté 3, Morata 3, Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Arrizabalaga 1, Barkley 1, Christensen 1, Fàbregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Graham Scott is the referee for his second Chelsea game in a month, having previously not been the official for a match of ours in over a year.
He was the man in charge of our 2-1 win at Fulham in early March.