Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'Ross Barkley on bench for Brighton game'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'Ross Barkley on bench for Brighton game'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'Ross Barkley on bench for Brighton game'

Brighton came away from the Hawthorn's empty-handed last weekend, as a 2-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion made it four Premier League games without a win.

However, the Blues remain undefeated in their last seven away games, and they will be huge favourites to pick up three points on Saturday.

The 24-year-old left his boyhood club with Chelsea signing the midfielder for a reported £15 million.

David Luiz is available for selection once again after a prolonged spell of treatment on his knee but remains on the fringes of the squad with Andreas Christensen's emergence.

The England worldwide completed his move from Everton last week but hasn't been available as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Both goals were also set up by Spaniards (Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta).

The Blues will have to make do without attacking duo Pedro and Alvaro Morata, as the Spaniards were both sent off in the FA Cup thriller during the week. The pair both earned their first bookings for simulation, with Pedro getting a second for a professional foul and Morata earning his marching orders for dissent.

Brighton have the best defence out of the bottom 13 clubs in the top flight, and the seventh best in the whole league. Any player that reaches 10 yellow cards will earn a two-match ban.

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The Potters have lost their last three league fixtures by an aggregate score of nine-nil and they can now be backed at a price of 13/8 to be relegated. Despite making many changes, we scored one goal and we created many chances to score the second goal.

The 120 minutes played against Norwich won't have helped for many players although some of them were rested against Norwich.

Chelsea need to rediscover their scoring touch, and will need to perform well to break down a very well organised and well-disciplined Brighton team. However, he has suffered an injury to his cruciate ligament and had to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Steve Sidwell is also out with a back injury but Brighton, otherwise, have a clean bill of health.

Brighton find themselves staring at the drop zone, but they couldn't have hoped for a better time to play current champions Chelsea.

Just over three weeks ago was the last time the two sides collided, with Conte's men running out 2-0 victors courtesy of goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night after their penalty shootout win over Championship side Norwich.

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