Is Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

Brighton travel to Chelsea on Wednesday evening hoping to pick up a positive result as they battle to stay in the Premier League.

Monday, 1st April 2019, 11:29 am
Updated Monday, 1st April 2019, 6:27 pm
Eden Hazard breaks through to score in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Brighton earlier this season. Picture by Getty Images

Albion lost 1-0 at home to Southampton on Saturday but remained five points clear of the relegation zone after Chelsea scored two late goals to win 2-1 at third-from-bottom Cardiff on Sunday.

What time does Chelsea v Brighton kick off?

The match gets underway from Stamford Bridge at 7.45pm.

Is the game on TV?

No. The game was due to be on Sky Sports on its original date in February but Sky are now showing Manchester City v Cardiff on Wednesday instead.

Highlights will be on Match Of The Day from 10.35pm on Wednesday evening.

What’s the team news?

Chelsea won 2-1 at Cardiff on Sunday when Blues supporters voiced their discontent at manager Maurizio Sarri

Sarri rested Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante at Cardiff, although Hazard came off the bench at 1-0 down.

Hazard and Kante are likely to come back into the starting line-up, while Callum Hudson-Odoi will hope to make his first Premier League start after making his full England debut last week. He was an unused substitute at the Bluebirds.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off the bench to score the winner so will be pushing for a rare Premier League start under Sarri.

Striker Florin Andone could return to the Brighton squad after missing the last three games. He returned to training on Thursday but missed out on a place in the 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pascal Gross has missed Albion's last four matches and Chris Hughton will update his chances of being involved at his press conference this afternoon.

Hughton may opt to make changes to his starting line-up with the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City coming up on Saturday.

Solly March and Jose Izquierdo will be pushing Anthony Knockaert and Alireza Jahanbakhsh for a starting spot out wide, while Jurgen Locadia could also get a run out up front if top-scorer Glenn Murray is rested.

Who is the referee?

Graham Scott will be the man in the middle at Stamford Bridge.

He has shown 33 yellow cards and one red in 14 Premier League matches this campaign. Scott has not refereed a Albion game so far this season.

The assistant referees will be Mick McDonough and Neil Davies, with Kevin Friend the fourth official.

What are the odds?

Chelsea are firm favourites to claim all three points on PaddyPower.

The Blues have beaten Brighton in all three Premier League meetings between the sides so far and are 2/9 to claim all three points.

The draw is 5/1 and a Brighton victory is 12/1.

A repeat of Chelsea's 2-1 win at the Amex earlier this season is 7/1, while the Blues are 9/2 to win 2-0 like they did at Stamford Bridge last season.

A 1-0 Brighton win is 25/1, while the Seagulls to win 2-1 is 33/1. A 0-0 draw is 13/1 and 1-1 is 10/1.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is favourite to get the first goal at 3/1 and is 10/11 to net anytime.

Gonzalo Higuain is 3/1 and 5/6 respectively, while Olivier Giroud is 3/1 and 5/6 and Pedro is 9/2 and 6/4.

Brighton striker Glenn Murray is 9/1 to score the opening goal and is 3/1 to net anytime.

Albion's threat is most likely to come from set-pieces and defender Shane Duffy is 45/1 to get the first goal and is 17/1 to score anytime. Fellow defender Lewis Dunk is 55/1 and 20/1 respectively.

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