Prediction and odds for the game: Chelsea (2/5) vs Brighton (13/2)
We are backing Chelsea half-time/full-time at odds of 5/4
When: Wednesday 29 December 2021, Kick-off 19:30
Where: Stamford Bridge
On Wednesday night, Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge, as the home team look to make up ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The Blues have returned to form slightly in the last few league matches, after an unconvincing run of results earlier in December. A 3-1 win at Aston Villa means that the Blues have recorded back-to-back wins after a 2-0 win over Brentford in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
When it comes to the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel’s team are also now four matches undefeated in the English top-flight. However, the Blues have now fallen six points adrift of league leaders Manchester City in the race for the English title.
Chelsea have been difficult to beat of late on home soil, as they are unbeaten in nine matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions, six of which have come in the Premier League. Both teams have scored in Chelsea’s last four home matches in the English top-flight. However, the Blues have kept clean sheets in their last four home games against Brighton.
The Seagulls ended an 11-game winless run in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Brentford last time out. The victory saw Graham Potter’s team keep just their second clean sheet in nine league matches. The win over the Bees was Brighton’s seventh straight league match that has produced under 2.5 goals.
Despite their poor recent run of league form, Brighton are still ninth-place in the table, just five points adrift of the Premier League’s top-six spots.
Brighton have been difficult to beat on their travels of late in the Premier League, having lost just once in their previous eight away matches in the English top-flight. However, they have also won just one of their previous six away matches in the Premier League, as five of their last six games on their travels have finished in draws.
Their recent away matches in the Premier League have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven away matches in the English top-flight.
Chelsea’s recent results have improved and we fancy the Blues to record another victory in this clash. However, the home win offers little value in this game. Instead, we are backing Chelsea half-time/full-time. The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals scored, as we believe this could be a relatively tight encounter.
Our Tips: We are backing Chelsea half-time/full-time at odds of 5/4 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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Will the Blues boost their title hopes or will the Seagulls fly away from south west London with all three points?