Chelsea vs Brighton: Blues aiming to recover from ‘worst game of the season’ against Seagulls – kick-off time, team news and how to follow
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Chelsea welcome Brighton to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as they aim to bounce back from a heavy defeat last time out. 

The Blues were beaten 4-1 away at Newcastle as their recent positive results were quickly forgotten with a dreadful performance at St James’ Park.

Chelsea collapsed in their defeat last weekend

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Chelsea collapsed in their defeat last weekendCredit: Getty

Mauricio Pochettino spoke of his anger post-match and he will now be desperate for his side to respond with an important three points. 

They host the Seagulls who booked their place in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday night.

Roberto De Zerbi’s side are unbeaten in four in the Premier League too, beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 last time out.

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The Ecuadorian has faced the Seagulls once before in the Carabao up, with his new side coming out on top in a 1-0 win in September. 

Caicedo is, of course, a regular starter for Pochettino’s men but he has struggled to make a huge impact with his performances. 

The 22-year-old admitted his love for Chelsea after joining the club and will be desperate to help turn around their underwhelming season so far. 

He will meet with some familiar faces this weekend but he won’t let that distract from the fact the Blues must bounce back from the Newcastle loss. 

Caicedo has high hopes for Chelsea

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Caicedo has high hopes for Chelsea
  • Having won 10 of their first 11 league games against Brighton (D1), Chelsea are now winless in five against the Seagulls (D3 L2), losing both Premier League meetings last season.
  • Brighton have failed to score in eight of their 10 away games against Chelsea in all competitions, including a 1-0 defeat already this season in the EFL Cup.

Chelsea vs Brighton: Team news 

Reece James received a red card against Newcastle and will be absent while Marc Cucurella is also suspended after picking up five yellows. 

That means Malo Gusto will start at right-back while Levi Colwill will likely start on the left. 

Romeo Lavia is in training after recovering from his long-term issue and Christopher Nkunku is also nearing a return. 

However, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah and Carney Chukwuemeka all remain sidelined with injuries. 

Brighton will be without Barcelona loanee Ansu Fati after he picked up a long-term injury against Nottingham Forest last weekend. 

Fati will join Tariq Lamptey on the sidelines after the right-back suffered yet another knock in the same game. 

Centre-back Igor is fit to play though, and he may come straight back into the side with captain Lewis Dunk suspended. 

Pervis Estupinan, Solly March, Adam Webster, Danny Welbeck are all out of action. 

Fati has been ruled out by De Zerbi

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Fati has been ruled out by De ZerbiCredit: Getty
  • Chelsea have lost five of their 13 Premier League games this season, only the second time in their last 28 seasons they have lost as many at this stage of a season, along with 2015-16 (7).
  • Brighton and Hove Albion’s 13 Premier League games this season have seen 51 goals scored (28 for, 23 conceded), the most of any team.

Chelsea vs Brighton: What has been said?

Pochettino was left fuming after Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat to Newcastle last time out. 

He told Premier League Productions: “It was our worst game of the season. It was tough to be in the stands [for three yellow cards this season].

“We cannot complain about the result, we did not read the game from the beginning. We did not play how we should play, we showed a lack of intensity and energy.

“Even after we scored, at 1-1, it was a chance for us to force them to play deep, but it was so easy for Newcastle. That is why I am so upset with the performance.

“It is a young team, they need this type of situation to realise. We will go to the hotel, then train early tomorrow, no time off.

“We cannot blame the players, it is the team together. We need to understand the level we need to compete, and learn about this situation.”

Poch couldn't believe his eyes in the stands

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Poch couldn’t believe his eyes in the standsCredit: Getty
  • Chelsea have shipped four goals in each of their last two games, drawing 4-4 with Man City and losing 4-1 at Newcastle. It’s the first time they’ve done so in consecutive top-flight games since December 1989, when they did so in three games in a row against Wimbledon, QPR and Liverpool.
  • Brighton are one of only four sides yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this season, with the Seagulls making a joint-high four errors leading to goals this season.

Chelsea vs Brighton: How to follow 

This Premier League clash will take place on Sunday, December 3. 

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 2pm. 

The game will now be shown live on TV due to not being selected for broadcast in the UK. 

talkSPORT will have updates of the action on the Sunday Session with Adrian Durham. 





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