The upcoming match between Chelsea and Brighton is expected to be a balanced game, with Chelsea playing at home at Stamford Bridge, hoping to redeem themselves after losing 1-4 in the first leg.
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Chelsea vs Brighton: Redemption or More Disappointment?
Frank Lampard began his stint as Chelsea's interim manager with a 0-1 defeat at Wolves, and The Blues continued their disappointing run by losing 0-2 to Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2022/23 Champions League quarter-finals. Two goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio gave the Spanish side a significant advantage heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Winning the Champions League is the only chance for Chelsea to qualify for the competition next season, but their loss in Bernabeu shattered their hopes. Chelsea is in terrible form, having allowed their opponents to hit the target eight times in the first 45 minutes alone, the most in a Champions League match since the 2003/04 season. This is also the first time Chelsea has faced over 10 shots on target since their match against Liverpool (11) in August 2019. Losing 0-2 in Spain has extended Chelsea's winless streak to five matches.
This is the first time Chelsea has failed to score in four consecutive matches in all competitions since December 1993. Among the four games that Stamford Bridge did not score in, they suffered three defeats against Aston Villa (0-2), Wolves (0-1), and Real Madrid (0-2), with the remaining match ending in a goalless draw against Liverpool. Despite reinforcing their attack in January, there has been no significant improvement in their scoring rate.
After the loss in Spain, Chelsea will host Brighton in the 31st round of the 2022/23 Premier League. The London club currently sits in 11th place, 17 points behind the top four, with one more game played than fourth-placed Manchester United. Frank Lampard, Chelsea's interim manager, has yet to make a positive impact.
Analysis of Chelsea vs Brighton
The Asian handicap for the match between Chelsea and Brighton is at a balanced level. For the first time in years, Brighton is being considered on par with The Blues, even though the match will be played at Stamford Bridge. Brighton wants to prove that their loss to Tottenham in the previous round was just an accident. They are also determined to achieve a good result at Stamford Bridge to stay in the race for the top 5, where they are only 7 points behind Tottenham but have played two games less.
Chelsea also wants to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals with a victory. Lampard is sure to field a strong team against Brighton. In a match that is considered balanced like this, the likelihood of a draw is very high.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Brighton
Few goals (Under 2.5)
In the first leg match, Brighton beat Chelsea 4-1 at home. However, it is very difficult for them to repeat this result as visitors at Stamford Bridge. For Chelsea, their goal-scoring ability is in an alarming situation. In the last 4 matches, The Blues have not scored a single goal. In 6 out of 8 recent clashes between the two teams, as well as in 16 out of Chelsea's last 20 matches and 10 out of their last 11 home games, there were no more than 2 goals in the whole match. Therefore, the probability that this match will have more than 2 goals is very low.Unlock the secrets of winning with our premium soccer tips and experience the thrill of victory like never before
Brighton can be expected to score a goal in the first half. In their last 8 matches, Brighton have scored at least 1 goal in the first half. They have also achieved the same result in 8 out of their last 9 away matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea have conceded at least 1 goal in the first half in 4 out of their last 6 matches.
Chelsea have not won in their last 5 matches across all competitions, including 3 losses and 2 draws.
Chelsea have not scored in their last 4 matches across all competitions.
Chelsea have not scored in their last 3 Premier League matches.
There were under 2.5 goals in the last 3 matches between Chelsea and Brighton at Stamford Bridge across all competitions.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 5 home matches against Brighton across all competitions.
Brighton have only lost 2 out of their last 12 Premier League matches, both to London-based teams.