Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea: Likely line-ups for Premier League clash

Dale Stephens. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Dale Stephens. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton will aim to bounce back from last week's defeat to Burnley when they host a star-studded Chelsea side at the Amex on Sunday.

Chelsea overcame Manchester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend following a 2-1 defeat at Wolves in their previous Premier League game.

Albion go into the match 13th in the Premier League. They have won six of their 16 league matches and have 21 points so far.

Chelsea are fourth with 34 points from 16 games.


Striker Glenn Murray is likely to come back into the starting line-up, after coming off the bench in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend.

Seven of Murray's eight Premier League goals this season have come at the Amex.

Midfielder Dale Stephens will be pushing for a return to the starting 11 after returning from suspension as a substitute at Turf Moor, although the central midfield partnership of Davy Propper and Yves Bissouma have impressed in recent weeks.

Solly March is in excellent form and is likely to occupy one wing. Anthony Knockaert will probably be on the other side, although Alireza Jahanbakhsh is now back available after a hamstring injury.

Jose Izquierdo was set to return to training on Friday morning but Sunday's game could come too soon for the Colombian winger.

Shane Duffy serves the second match of a three-game ban, so Leon Balogun will partner Lewis Dunk in central defence.

Likely line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March; Gross; Murray. Subs (from): Button, Steele, Montoya, Bong, White, Bissouma, Kayal, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Andone, Locadia, Suttner.


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could name the same starting line-up which began their 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend.

Only Willian then started the Blues' Europa League match at MOL Vidi on Thursday.

Eden Hazard began the match with City up front, with Pedro and Willian either side. Sarri has the option of bringing in Olivier Giroud as a target man but the French international is likely to again be on the bench.

Spain striker Alvaro Morata limped off on Thursday but was not in the squad against Manchester City last weekend anyway.

Likely line-up: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian. Subs (from): Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson, Morata, Zappacosta, Hudson-Odoi.