The final game of 2021 is nearly upon us and for the build-up we have the best collection of pre-match facts and figures...
Chelsea vs Brighton head to head
Jorginho has scored 10 Premier League penalties in 2021, a record in a single calendar year in the competition.
He is closing in on Eden Hazard as our second highest all-time penalty scorer in all competitions.
Chelsea’s top three all-time penalty scorers
Frank Lampard 49 scored from 58 84.5%
Eden Hazard 26/31 83.9%
Jorginho 24/27 88.9%
No side has scored more headed goals in the Premier League this season than Chelsea (seven – Havertz 2, Thiago Silva 2, Chalobah 1, Lukaku 1, Rudiger 1).
Chelsea have lost our final league game in just one of the last 18 calendar years (12 wins, five draws), losing 3-1 at home to Aston Villa in 2011.
The Blues are looking to keep a clean sheet at home in the Premier League for the first time since our 7-0 victory over Norwich in October.
Chelsea have scored three or more goals in nine different Premier League games so far this season, only Liverpool have achieved this on more occasions (10).
Mason Mount has had the most shots on target for Chelsea in the Premier League this season (17) and is our current top scorer in the competition with seven.
Thiago Silva started his 50th match in a Chelsea shirt on Boxing Day
Premier League - 16th
FA Cup - fifth round
Carabao Cup - fourth round
Top scorer all competitions: Neal Maupay 8 (all league)
Most starts: Trossard 17, Sanchez 16, Cucurella 14, Dunk 14
Most assists: Moder 3, Gross 2
Most clean sheets: Sanchez 6
Red cards: Sanchez 1
Maupay 7, Trossard 4, Mac Allister 2, Duffy 1, Mwepu 1, Welbeck 1
Brighton’s Neal Maupay has scored 44 per cent of Brighton’s league goals this season. Only Norwich’s Teemu Pukki for Norwich (63 per cent) betters him.
Graham Potter’s side have the eighth-best away record this season winning 11 points from a possible 24 this season. They won their first two on the road this term at Burnley and Brentford and have since drawn five at Crystal Palace, Norwich, Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton. Their only away defeat came at Aston Villa on 20 November.
Apart from Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, Brighton are the only other side with just one away league defeat this season.
Brighton have only lost two of their last 10 Premier League visits to London (one win, seven draws) and are unbeaten in the last three of them.
The Seagulls are hoping to avoid recording consecutive defeats from their final league games of a calendar year, having last done so in 2012. They lost to Arsenal in the corresponding fixture last season.
Graham Potter’s side have dropped two points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.
On Boxing Day when they won 2-0 against Brentford, Brighton ended their run of 11 Premier League games without a win although it was their 12th victory in the competition in 2021. Only in 1982 did they win more top-flight league matches in a calendar year (13).
Graham Potter’s managerial record against Chelsea
There are no suspensions.
The suspension for five bookings has now passed (for Chelsea). Players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches up to and including our 32nd fixture will serve a two-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Alonso 4, James 4, Jorginho 3, Rudiger 3, Christensen 2, Mendy 2, Ziyech 2, Chalobah 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Mount 1, Saul 1, Thiago Silva 1, Werner 1.
Brighton: Bissouma 5, Duffy 5, Lallana 4, Maupay 4, Veltman 4, Cucurella 3, Webster 3, Burn 2, Moder 2, Sanchez 2, Lamptey 1, Mac Allister 1, March 1, Mwepu 1, Trossard 1.
Referee and VAR
VAR: Kevin Friend
Mike Dean is the official for a Chelsea game for the first time this season.