When Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion square off in a Premier League match on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways.
The two teams have had quite different recent stretches of play in the top tier, with the Seagulls losing just four of their past 18 games and the Blues winning only four of their last 21 games.
As Chelsea’s interim manager, Frank Lampard has failed to have the desired effect, but he still has eight Premier League games left to turn this forgettable Premier League season around. They presently trail seventh-place Brighton by seven points, which would effectively destroy their chances of qualifying for Europe with one more defeat.
Since the new year, Chelsea’s home performance in the Premier League has been lacking, with just two victories in their last eight games. The Blues have also drawn their last two meetings with Brighton at home, after winning each of their previous five meetings with the Seagulls there, including a 2-0 victory in September 2019 under Lampard’s first managerial tenure over none other than Graham Potter.
With just two losses in their previous 12 Premier League games, Brighton’s most recent defeat snapped a seven-game unbeaten road streak. However, both defeats were at the hands of teams from London, Spurs on the road and Fulham at home.
Following a remarkable 4-1 home victory over Chelsea earlier this season, the Seagulls will now try to earn their first-ever league victory at Stamford Bridge.