Brighton and Hove Albion will be hoping for their first ever home league win over Chelsea when the two sides meet on Saturday.
The Seagulls have struggled for form in recent months, having won just twice in their last 13 matches in all competitions.
Chris Hughton’s side are currently 16th in the English Premier League table, just three points clear of the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, their opponents Chelsea have started their 2018 rather poorly. The Blues’ first win of the calendar year came on Wednesday evening, after progressing into the FA Cup Fourth Round via a 5-3 penalty shootout victory over Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City. Chelsea have drawn their other four games in 2018.
Despite struggling for wins, The Blues have remained undefeated in their last 11 matches in all competitions.
Throughout history, Brighton and Hove Albion have struggled when coming up against the defending English Premier League champions.
The two sides have faced each other a mere nine times, with Chelsea winning the last seven of those meetings, a run stretching back over 50 years to 1967.
In their other two meetings, Brighton and Hove Albion have won once, and the other clash ended as a draw, both of which came in the FA Cup; The Seagulls’ sole victory over the Blues was in January 1933.
Their league clash last month at Stamford Bridge ended in a 2-0 victory to the hosts; Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso both netted in the second half to hand their side the three points that day.
For Saturday’s clash at the AMEX Stadium, Chelsea are set to be with out Morata, Gary Cahill, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas; whilst the home side will be without former Blues midfielder Steve Sidwell and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who are both currently injured.
Whilst some members of Antonio Conte’s squad could be given rare starts, The Blues should be capable of leaving the south coast with all three points.
Score Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea
By Jonty Colman