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Brighton v Chelsea - Preview and possible lineups

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Pin Hazard is expected to return to the Chelsea team. AFP
Hazard is expected to return to the Chelsea team. AFP

Brighton v Chelsea - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 4,352

We take a look ahead to Sunday's Premier League clash between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium.

TEAM NEWS: 

Brighton: Top scorer Glenn Murray could return to the starting lineup after fully recovering from a shoulder injury, whilst Alireza Jahabakhsh is also back in contention. Winger Jose Izquierdo will undergo a late fitness test on a knee injury, whilst defender Shane Duffy is still suspended.

Chelsea: The visitors are expected to recall a host of players after making a raft of changes in the Europa League in midweek. Alvaro Morata's knee problem could see Eden Hazard start through the middle, whilst Mateo Kovacic is available once again in the middle of the park.

WHO IS SAYING WHAT?

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

 "Our level of performance at the moment is good - I thought we were unfortunate not to get anything from last weekend.

"That's important because we have some tough matches coming up - you have to be in those games.

"You have to be part of a good defensive unit as well as standing up to the challenge individually on Sunday."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri on racism scandals:

"As I said [prior to the Vidi game], what can I say? I can only say that I condemn every form of racism and discrimination. Then I have to think about football, my team, my players. The club will react for sure.

"The questions are about football usually. There are the same problems in Italy. There is form of discrimination with people of the south part of Italy. I was the coach in Naples for three years and I know very well the situation. In the press conference I can say that 95 per cent of the questions were about football."

FORM:

Did you know?

Chelsea have won all six of their league meetings with Brighton by an aggregate score of 12-1.

Brighton haven't beaten Chelsea in any competition since 1933.

Brighton have lost just one of their last 10 home Premier League games (W5,D4,L1).

Chris Hughton hasn't won against Chelsea in his last eight attempts.

Kepa hasn't kept consecutive league clean sheets since August 2017. 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS:

Brighton: Ryan; Bruno, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, March; Gross; Murray.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luis, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

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