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Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion

2nd April 2019, 18:12 by Tom McGarry

Chelsea will be hoping to keep the pressure on their top four rivals by beating Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The Blues had luck on their side as they returned to winning ways against Cardiff last time out, but a number of supporters were left frustrated as key players such as Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante were dropped to the bench, while Callum Hudson-Odoi was an unused substitute.

Boss Maurizio Sarri has indicated that Hudson-Odoi will be handed his first Premier League start either against Brighton on Wednesday or in Monday's home clash with West Ham, while Hazard and Kante are both expected to return to the starting line-up.

Left-back Marcos Alonso is unlikely to feature on Wednesday, however, as he is struggling with a hamstring complaint.

Chelsea should fancy their chances of making it back-to-back wins in the league for only the second time this calendar year, as they have an imperious record against Brighton, winning each of the last nine meetings between the two sides, including a 2-1 victory at The Amex earlier this season.

Brighton also have the added distraction of an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to look forward to this weekend and boss Chris Hughton must decide whether to rotate his team with that game in mind.

Striker Florin Andone is available once again after missing Brighton's last three matches with a groin injury, but Pascal Gross remains out with a hamstring problem.

The Seagulls currently sit five points clear of the relegation zone and will still feel they need a couple more wins to guarantee top-flight football for another season.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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