Blues Bulletin: Brighton vs Chelsea

The Blues head to the South Coast for our final away game in January and we have plenty of facts and figures to build up to the game here...


Chelsea vs Brighton head to head

Brighton’s only victory against the Blues was in the third round of the FA Cup in 1932/33 (our first meeting). George Barber scored our only goal in a 1-2 defeat.

Danny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time equaliser in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 28th minute.


Chelsea stats

At the weekend Man City inflicted our second defeat in our last 16 Premier League games, since they won the reverse fixture at the Bridge in September.

Antonio Rudiger has made more passes in the opposition half than any other Blues player in the Premier League this term (659).

The Blues have dropped 11 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.

Since Chelsea beat Leeds on 11 December, the Blues have won seven points from a possible 18 in the Premier League.
 


Chelsea milestones


Brighton stats

This season’s Premier League stats (20 games)
Most starts: Sanchez 19, Trossard 19, Cucurella 17
Most assists: Moder 3, Mwepu 3, Gross 2
Most clean sheets: Sanchez 6
Red cards: Sanchez 1

Premier League scorers
Maupay 7, Mac Allister 4, Trossard 4, Welbeck 2, Burn 1, Duffy 1, Mwepu 1, own goal 1
 
Brighton have only dropped two points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.

Only Leeds, Newcastle and Man Utd have been shown more yellow cards in the Premier League this term than Brighton (41).

Man City (two), Liverpool (two) and Chelsea (three) are the only sides to have lost fewer Premier League games than Brighton this season (four).

The Seagulls have won 13 points from their 10 home league games this season managing three wins against Watford, Leicester and Brentford.

Brighton are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games (two wins, two draws), taking eight points in that time, as many as they managed in their previous 11 matches in the competition.

Brighton have scored six goals in the final five minutes of Premier League games this season. In the six matches this resulted in points gained on each occasion, seven overall.

The Seagulls have drawn more games than any other Premier League side this season (10).

Graham Potter’s side have been awarded four Premier League penalties this season, all taken by different players. The first three by Mac Allister, Maupay and Trossard were all converted while Pascal Gross’ effort was saved against Crystal Palace last Friday.

Leandro Trossard has had 19 shots on target this this season, more than any other Brighton player in the Premier League this season.
 


Graham Potter’s managerial record against Chelsea:

Won 0
Drawn 3
Lost 2
 

Discipline

There are no suspensions.

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 5, James 4, Rudiger 4, Jorginho 3, Kovacic 3, Christensen 2, Mendy 2, Mount 2, Ziyech 2, Chalobah 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Pulisic 1, Saul 1, Thiago Silva 1, Werner 1.

Brighton: Bissouma 6, Duffy 5, Lallana 4, Maupay 4, Veltman 4, Webster 4, Cucurella 3, Burn 2, Moder 2, Sanchez 2, Lamptey 1, Mac Allister 1, March 1, Mwepu 1, Trossard 1.


Referee and VAR

Referee: Kevin Friend
VAR: Andre Marriner

Kevin Friend is refereeing his second Blues game of the season and first in the Premier League. He was the official for our Carabao Cup match against Southampton at the Bridge in October.

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