Chelsea host Brighton in a tough game on Wednesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s side will want a win if they are to maintain their challenge for the title.

They started winning again against Aston Villa after disappointing draws against Wolves and Everton – a game in which Romelu Lukaku returned to shape and form with a crucial goal.

Brighton is currently having an impressive Premier League season, placing 11th, and will return to the top 10 with points at Stamford Bridge.

They won their first game since September by beating Brentford 2-0 on Boxing Day, having been among the Premier League draw specialists this season – only Southampton have made more appearances than Brighton’s eight.

However, Brighton has not beaten Chelsea since 1933, the very first meeting between the two teams. To give them some hope, Graham Potter’s side managed to draw at Stamford Bridge last season 0-0.

Team news

Chelsea received a heavy blow on Boxing Day after N’Golo Kante suffered another knee injury, while Thiago Silva is also uncertain after retiring with a hamstring problem. However, Kante trained on Tuesday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return, but it was confirmed on Tuesday that Ben Chilwell would need surgery on the ACL injury he suffered against Juventus in November.

Yves Bissouma returns from suspension for Brighton but striker Leandro Trossard faces his own hamstring issues.

Captain Lewis Dunk is still absent.

TV channel

In the UK, the game will stream on Amazon Prime Video.

NBC / NBCSN have the rights in the United States.

Start time

Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. in the UK, i.e. 2:30 p.m. (ET) in the US.

Background reading

Sensible transfers – Chelsea: analysis of Digne, Dest and Pedrosa to replace Chilwell

Romelu Lukaku regains a certain normality in abnormal circumstances

Brighton got their midfielder to claim their first win since September – without Bisouma

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