Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea go into battle with Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening with both clubs desperate for league points.
Meetings between these two sides have been few and far between over the years, although there are some connections between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Ahead of the match, we take a look at three players who have pulled on the shirts of Chelsea and their opponents Brighton & Hove Albion.
Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea 2006-Present, Brighton & Hove Albion 2017 (loan)),
Full-back Fikayo Tomori has been on the books at Chelsea since he joined the club as a seven-year-old boy way back in 2006. The England Under-21 international made his senior debut for The Blues in the final game of the 2015/2016 campaign but has not featured for the club at senior level ever since.
Tomori has been loaned out by Chelsea on three occasions with one of those spells coming at Brighton & Hove Albion. The 21-year-old joined The Seagulls for the remainder of the 2016/2017 campaign and the player made 10 appearances as the club won a first promotion to the English Premier League.
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea 2007-2008, Brighton & Hove Albion 2016-2018)
Midfielder Steve Sidwell joined Chelsea on a free transfer in 2007 with huge expectation. The former Reading midfielder failed to live up to all of the hype and made just 25 appearances for The Blues in which he scored one goal in a League Cup third round tie.
Sidwell moved on after just one season at Stamford Bridge and the player later went on to represent The Blues’ latest league opponents Brighton & Hove Albion. The midfielder joined The Seagulls on loan from Stoke City on January 2016 before signing for the club on a permanent basis later that summer. The player was instrumental as Albion won promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in 2016/2017 before missing his final season at the Amex Stadium prior to his retirement with back and ankle injuries.
Izzy Brown (Chelsea 2013-Present, Brighton & Hove Albion 2017-2018 (loan))
In 2013, Chelsea signed a talented midfielder from the West Bromwich Albion academy, Izzy Brown. The youngster had made his senior debut at just 16 years 117 days with The Baggies, becoming the second youngest player in English Premier League history.
His time at Chelsea has been frustrating. Brown made one substitute appearance for The Blues which came four seasons ago in an English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion. Like so many other youngsters on the books at Stamford Bridge, loan moves have become the norm for Brown in recent seasons.
The midfielder joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal in summer 2017 but he failed to reach the same heights at The Amex Stadium which he had reached whilst on loan at Huddersfield Town one season earlier. Brown made just 15 appearances in an Albion shirt before an anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) ended his stay on the South Coast.
By Daniel Pentland