Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove Albion is Premier League game not to be missed. Brighton make their way to Stamford Bridge, and you could watch this exciting matchup from luxurious padded seating and the exclusive Hollins Suite, along with a host of other comforts to ensure you and your guests are treated to the finest hospitality experience.
Chelsea have an almost flawless record against Brighton, with Chelsea's only loss to the south east side coming in 1933, and the sole draw over half a century ago. It’s likely to be a home victory for Chelsea, but Brighton are still in it to win it.
They have only seen each other twice in the past thirty years, so there’s still unanswered questions, so don’t think a victory is a foregone conclusion. If you want to read more, here’s a report of the teams’ joint history in recent years:
Chelsea 2 – 0 Brighton and Hove Albion, Premier League, December 2017
Chelsea haven’t always had it easy with Brighton, though. In the December 2017 game, the teams went goalless at half time. Chelsea had struggled to push Brighton back. Despite dominating the ball handling and staying largely in the Brighton half, the visitors kept the ball out of their box, and slowed the advance of Antonio Conte’s men.
With the start of the second half, Chelsea began to progress faster than before. Morata was able to get into open space, which he had been strained for in the first forty-five minutes. Brighton’s defence was weakening, and Chelsea knew if they kept the forward moment up they’d get the ball home soon enough.
And soon enough they did: a little over a minute into the half Chelsea scored - César Azpilicueta found the feet of Álvaro Morata, who promptly placed the ball behind Brighton and Hove keeper Matt Ryan.
Brighton and Hove Albion 0 – 4 Chelsea, Premier League, January 2018
Only a month or so after their previous meeting, the men of Chelsea took their turn to travel, and visited Brighton for the two teams’ second game of the season.
This time, Chelsea were more comfortable from the offset, despite being in enemy territory. It took just three minutes of play for key player Eden Hazard to smash a shot into the upper left side of the goal mouth, leaving little-to-no chance for anyone to get in the way.
Before Chelsea claim their second mark on the score sheet, Brighton get some shots close to target, but missing each time.
It’s time for Willian to do what he does best, and get some noise from the Chelsea stands. He gets that job done with rocketing strike that almost bursts through the net. Chelsea lagged in the later minutes of the first half, leaving opportunities for Brighton who failed to do anything with them.
The second half sees a more competitive game unfold, the woodwork at both ends is struck, but both Seagulls and Blues alike fail to rack up a score. Chelsea showed confidence but little else, while Brighton and Hove Albion showed nothing but heart and ambition.
Eden Hazard is the one to liven things up again, calmly slipping in a shot from inside the box, bringing noise back to the Chelsea corner of the stand. Victor Moses joins in the party, to bring Chelsea to 4 goals with his left boot elegantly placing the ball well over the goal line, and being in the eighty-ninth minute, there was little left for Brighton to do other than kick off.
Not being a headline-grabbing matchup doesn't make Brighton and Chelsea a less exciting matchup. There is a history of victories for Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove, but Brighton haven’t been completely helpless against the West London giants, and Chelsea have always looked excellent.