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How to watch Brighton vs Chelsea: TV channel, kick-off time, live stream, predictions and team news

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Chelsea travel to Brighton this week looking to redeem themselves following a 1-0 defeat to Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne’s curling effort sealed a relatively comfortable win for the champions and leaves his former club trailing City by thirteen points.

Thomas Tuchel’s men have just one win in the last five games and now take on a Brighton side who continue to over-achieve.

The Seagulls have proven they can raise their game to match the top sides, having already drawn with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this season, and will be hoping to push their European qualification credentials with another positive result.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game:

How to watch Brighton vs Chelsea

  • Date: Tuesday 18 January
  • Kick-off time: 8pm
  • TV Channel: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate
  • Live stream: BT Sport app

Team news

Chelsea will be without five first team players at Brighton. Andreas Christensen is in Covid isolation, Trevor Chalobah is sidelined with a thigh problem, Reece James is out with a hamstring injury while Edouard Mendy, named Fifa men’s goalkeeper of the year on Monday, is with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations and Ben Chilwell is out for the season.

Tariq Lamptey is fit to face his former club after a slight groin issue but Lewis Dunk (knee) and Enock Mwepu (hamstring) remain unavailable.

Yves Bissouma is away with Mali.

Look out for… Lukaku’s struggles to continue?

Romelu Lukaku has scored just five Premier League goals since joining the Blues for £97.5m this summer and has made the wrong sort of headlines in recent weeks after publicising his frustrations with Tuchel’s tactics.

The former Inter Milan player seemed to be the perfect addition but many of his previous critics have now returned. Graeme Souness labelled the behaviour of Chelsea’s record signing as “ridiculous and damaging”.

After the defeat to City, in which Lukaku had another disappointing game, Tuchel said: “He had many ball losses in very promising circumstances. He had a huge chance.

“Of course we want to serve him, but he is part of the team, and the performance up front, we can do much better.”

The Belgian striker will want to return to top form against Brighton after a challenging few weeks.

Analysis: Something has to change for Lukaku and Chelsea

By Daniel Storey, i‘s chief football writer

Lukaku is clearly not blameless here. He is out of form and out of confidence. He missed a decent chance against Manchester City and the decision to give an interview to Sky Italy was horribly misjudged. There is also a perfectly reasonable argument that if you can’t adjust to playing for an elite club like Chelsea then the fault lies with you as much as them.

But watching him standing with his arm raised, desperate to receive the ball, and being targeted by long balls (he won no aerial duels against City on Saturday), you do wonder quite what Tuchel thought would happen? If Chelsea’s manager wanted a replacement for Olivier Giroud, why didn’t he sign one? Chris Wood just moved for £25m – he could have saved himself £72.5m.

With the relationship clearly strained – Tuchel used his post-match interview to call out Lukaku for losing possession – it’s hard to see how this fixes itself quickly. Either Tuchel changes his attacking strategy to one that suits Lukaku, Lukaku is forced to work within this same strategy or he reasons that Lukaku isn’t worth keeping faith with and leaves him out of the team. Which leaves Tuchel exactly where he started, wanting a striker to play as a target man. It’s all so utterly illogical.

And for all the focus on Lukaku, with Tuchel using him as a useful distraction in that post-match interview, Chelsea’s manager knows that he too must improve. It was hard to explain why he kept Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic on for so long on Saturday (or started both at all). Chelsea have now played 10 matches against teams in ninth, like Brighton, or higher this season. They have won only two of those games. That’s really not good enough, given the strength and depth of his squad.

This is an extract of The Score, Daniel Storey’s weekly verdict on all 20 Premier League teams’ performances. Sign up here to receive the newsletter on Monday mornings

What happened last time they met?

It is only three weeks since these two teams last met, with Brighton holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on 29 December.

Lukaku rose from a corner delivered by Mason Mount at the near post to take the lead to end a barren run, hampered by injury, of two months without a goal.

Brighton registered more shots on target, more possession and were eventually rewarded for their valiant effort as Danny Welbeck equalised in injury time.

Marc Cucurella sent in a perfectly placed cross as Welbeck rose above Antonio Rudiger and Trevor Chalobah on the penalty spot to head the ball into the into the bottom left corner.

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