Chelsea are coming off the back of breaking Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge last Sunday and will have derived motivation from that performance and result.
They travel to face Brighton at the Amex in the Premier League on Sunday and they’ll be wary as their last two games on the road resulted in defeats.
Chelsea lost 2:1 to a struggling Wolves side at the Molineux last midweek and it was preceded by a 3:1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Chelsea will be without Alvaro Morata who suffered an injury in the Europa League game away to Mol Vidi in Hungary, leaving Olivier Giroud as the only available typical striker they can call on for this game.
Chelsea played with a false 9 against Manchester City last week and it was understandable as they were coming up against a side who would be all out to attack and out possess them. They just had to make sure that they took the few chances that came up for them.
Against a less superior but definitely tricky Brighton, the typical center-forward could return to the lineup unless Maurizio Sarri is determined to stick with his false 9 formation till the January transfer window where the club may look for another striker as the available ones have mostly misfired thus far.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench in the Europa League and curled in a free-kick that prevented Chelsea from suffering an embarrassing defeat against Mol Vidi. He should get a start against Brighton.
The likes of N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Jorginho, and Kepa have been well rested ahead of this game and will be raring to go. Hopefully, the injury to Kovacic is minor and he should be able to feature for the Blues.
This is a must-win game for Chelsea as other rivals are closing in on the top 4 places especially with Arsenal breathing down their necks. There is also the hope that a fight for the Premier League title could resume.
This game will definitely be a test as Brighton have won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 Premier League games at the Amex Stadium. They currently sit 13th on the log with 21 point as well as 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in their last 5 games. This is far better than what Wolves had before they beat Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri and his men must come up with a system that sees them garner all 3 points in this one. They can’t afford to drop points in 3 consecutive Premier League away games.