Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea - Betting Tips and Predictions

"The Chelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" Daily MailChelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" says the Blues are keeping an eye on Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, despite his lack of goals in the Premier League this season.

The Blues needed penalties to get past Norwich City in their FA Cup third round replay having played out a fourth consecutive draw though they did finally manage to get a goal after three straight 0-0s.

Barkley, who had hamstring surgery during the summer, has been included Antonio Conte's squad for the trip to the south coast.

After their red cards in the FA Cup in mid-week, both Pedro and Alvaro Morata will be suspended for the match.

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Chelsea XI, listed in squad number order.

Antonio Conte has refused to discuss the plethora of strikers linked with Chelsea in recent days, but admits he would be "happy" if the club opted to bolster his squad in the January window.

Brighton have the best defence out of the bottom 13 clubs in the top flight, and the seventh best in the whole league. The victor was scored by current Brighton player Glenn Murray.

If the Seagulls can defend well and frustrate their visitors, they will be in with a fantastic chance of stealing a goal, and a famous victory.

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Steve Sidwell is also out with a back injury but Brighton, otherwise, have a clean bill of health.

Expected Brighton XI (4-4-1-1): Ryan (GK); Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo, Groß, Murray.

Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are all doubts.

Just over three weeks ago was the last time the two sides collided, with Conte's men running out 2-0 victors courtesy of goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso.

Brighton to win at home is 11/2. The Blues will be hoping for a repeat performance this time around. "I think this is a hard game, but I'm just tipping Chelsea". A scoring-midfield option, at that.

Brighton had Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea for the season after his impressive spell at Huddersfield Town help them get promoted.

Chelsea know that they can't afford to not leave Brighton without all three points.

  • Tabitha Byrd