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Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea

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12 Dec 2018
Glenn Murray, Brighton

Chelsea are seeking to build on their 2-0 win over Manchester City and consolidate their place in the top four.

They visit a Brighton & Hove Albion side who missed out on a third straight win when they lost 1-0 at Burnley in their last outing.

Team news

Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) is available again, while a late decision will be made on whether Jose Izquierdo (knee) is able to play.

Defender Shane Duffy is suspended.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (knee) is an injury doubt.

Did you know?

Brighton are looking for their first victory over Chelsea in any competition since January 1933, when they won 2-1 in an FA Cup third-round tie.

Glenn Murray's goals have been worth nine PL points to Brighton this season, the joint-highest total in the league alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Everton’s Richarlison.

Only Wolves, with 18, have used fewer players in the Premier League this season than Chelsea's 20. Yet no side have had more different goalscorers than the Blues’ 12. A league-high 60 per cent of players who have appeared for Chelsea in the PL this season have scored.

Eden Hazard has provided an assist in his last three PL matches, laying on four goals in total in that period. He could now do so in a fourth consecutive match for the first time. Cesc Fabregas was the last player to achieve that feat for Chelsea, in September 2014.

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants:
 Constantine Hatzidakis, Andy Garratt
Fourth official:
 Kevin Friend

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