Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

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Can Chelsea continue their winning ways this pre-season?

Chelsea FC will host Brighton & Hove Albion FC in the friendly pre-season match at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. The fixture will take place on June 23, beginning at 04:30 IST.

What can we expect this Sunday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Chelsea News & Current Form:

Chelsea’s resolve to bury the memories of last season’s disappointments is unwavering. Arguably, it marked one of the Aristocrats’ most lacklustre campaigns in the 21st century.

“A load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter. Shut off the future as tightly as the past… The future is today… There is no tomorrow.”

as eloquently put by Dale Carnegie.

Presently, the Blues find themselves at a critical juncture, focusing intently on the present moment. Guiding the helm is the esteemed Mauricio Pochettino, whose illustrious track record at Tottenham Hotspur and PSG precedes him. As Chelsea charts its course towards rebuilding, notable figures of the bygone days like vital captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and others have departed the club, seeking new challenges.

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” is another quote the Blues should keep in their minds heading into the new campaign.

Although the shadows of their failures linger, the present moment brings forth an array of challenges for the London-based club. The news of Wesley Fofana’s recent cruciate ligament injury, a high-profile signing at a staggering £75 million, casts a cloud of uncertainty over the Argentine coach. The center-back’s prolonged absence of six months poses a significant setback for the team.

Nonetheless, the club possesses the resources to surmount all these obstacles. Encouragingly, Reece James, a key player, has returned to training. Moreover, the influx of promising young talents, reflecting the trend of squad rejuvenation, has graced the club’s ranks, providing Pochettino with a wealth of options. Notably, Chelsea boasts the youngest squad in the English Premier League, with an average age of 23.8 years.

The primary challenge ahead lies twofold: crafting a clear tactical blueprint for the team while harnessing the full potential of each player to form the most formidable starting eleven.

“We have found it good. We just need adaptation, and we are working in training for this. The next week will be very positive.”

forward Christopher Nkunku affirms.

The final judgment on Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to navigate these intricacies will likely emerge around the conclusion of the first third of the 23/24 season. Currently, in the pre-season, the Aristocrats have partaken in a sole friendly match, securing an emphatic 5-0 victory over rising Wrexham AFC. The performances of many newcomers, including academy talents Cesare Casadei and Andrey Santos, have garnered praise.

“The profile is very good, the two names and Carney (Chukwuemeka). They have the profile, only they need time. They are young, and we cannot forget we are in Chelsea, the pressure is always to win. They need to have the place, to have time to evolve. But yes, the profile is good.” Pochettino expresses contentment with their displays.

Trevoh Chalobah, a product of Chelsea’s academy, who has already established himself in the first team, boasting an impressive 60 appearances, emphasizes the significance of unity within the squad, stating:

“I know the club inside out, and I hope for the younger players that I can be a leader and someone they feel comfortable to talk to. But I’m still young as well, so there will be things that I can learn from them too. Sticking together like that is what we need to do this season. We’re going to need everyone.”

“The new players have settled in well. That is what is good about this group, everyone is made to feel welcome. It is one of the most important things, to make people feel comfortable off the pitch. And when you go onto the pitch, you then have that connection.”

In preparation for the challenges ahead, the team has undergone rigorous training, striving to elevate their physical prowess to new heights. Though arduous, the players recognize the necessity of this hard work, confident that it will yield fruitful results in the forthcoming Premier League season.

“There are certain levels we didn’t reach physically, and that is something the new manager wants to change this year. So while it has been hard, it’s also been exciting work because we know it is going to benefit us in the season. In football, there is always a next time, there is always a next season. It’s all about the preparation, and it is important that we work well now. I think it is an important season for us but also for the whole club. We all want to achieve our goals.” the 24-year-old defender adds.

With a resolute spirit, Chelsea gears up to unleash their attacking prowess, building on the potential displayed in previous friendlies under Pochettino’s expert guidance. The pursuit of triumph is underway, and with determination, the Blues embark on their journey to overcome challenges and conquer new heights.

Brighton News & Current Form:

Amidst the departure of crucial players like Leandro Trossard and head coach system-creating Graham Potter during the course of the season, the Seagulls managed to find success, basking in the glow of a commendable campaign. Brighton soared to an impressive 6th place in the EPL standings, thus earning themselves a coveted spot in the UEFA Europa League.

As they embark on their maiden European Cup journey, the club remains steadfast in their commitment to maintain their competitive edge in the English Premier League and other competitions.

“I was on holiday thinking a lot about what we’ve achieved and how it will go down in the history of this club. When I first joined and was coming up to the first team, did I think this club would be in Europe? Probably not. To achieve European football as captain, I’ve never been prouder. It’s exciting times, hopefully we can do ourselves justice in Europe, as well as in the league and cups.”

said captain Lewis Dunk while extending his contract.

Brighton’s style of play is a captivating display of attacking football, fearlessly pressing their opponents without hesitation. This tenacity was instrumental in securing notable victories against esteemed adversaries, including a remarkable triumph over Arsenal (0 – 3) in the preceding season.

Nevertheless, the balance remains a concern, with the principal affliction being their vulnerable backline. The Blue and Whites concede an average of 1.39 goals per game, the worst among the top 7 teams in the league.

Addressing this challenge, the free acquisition of seasoned veteran James Milner holds immense promise, as his experience and skill set could significantly fortify the team’s defensive posture.

Speaking about the transfer campaign, it is worth mentioning that world champion Alexis Mac Allister was sold. Using the proceeds of £35.8m Roberto De Zerbi has ensured the services of such players as João Pedro from Watford FC (£29.28m), Bart Verbruggen from RSC Anderlecht (£17.60m) and Adrian Mazilu from FCV Farul (£2.64m). A number of other players also came in for free, including some from the U21 squad.

Currently, Brighton is embarking on a series of friendly matches to hone their prowess. However, their upcoming encounter with Chelsea is undoubtedly a source of heightened motivation. In this imminent clash, Brighton will hardly adopt a purely defensive stance, but instead, endeavor to apply relentless pressure from the onset, seeking to unsettle the mercurial Chelsea side right from the opening minutes.

“We’ve not unlocked all this manager’s potential yet, we’re not in top gear, we’ve got a lot of improvement to make.”

Dunk believes.

Chelsea form guide: W

Brighton & Hove Albion form guide:

Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion Head-To-Head Record: 

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Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion Predicted XI:

Chelsea possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Kepa; Gusto, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell; Gallagher, Fernandez, Chukwuemeka; Sterling, Nkunku, Maatsen.

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Verbruggen; Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan; Caicedo, Dahoud; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Ferguson.

Statistical preview of the match Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion:

In the past four h2h encounters, both teams have managed to find the back of the net.
Chelsea have seen both teams scoring in four out of their last six matches across all competitions. Similarly, in five of Brighton’s last six matches, goals have been scored by both teams.
Four of Chelsea’s last six matches in all competitions have seen a minimum of three goals being scored. As for the Seagulls’ in five of the last six fixtures, there have been over 2.5 goals recorded.
Chelsea have opened the scoring in 8 of their last ten meeting against Brighton.
Brighton are unbeaten in 5 successive matches against Chelsea.

What has been said before the match:

Сhelsea’s gaffer Pochettino seeks improvement:

“Like always after a pre-season game, I’m happy because of the attitude. But, of course, it is time to improve.” the Argentine coach explained after the win.

“I think it is part of the process in this period to learn in the way we want to play and, of course, build the physical condition also.”

“I think the most important thing now is to get positive feelings and to start to play again after the holidays. All the players came in at different levels and now it is about putting them all at similar levels to try to compete for the season.”

“It is good to have the opportunity to see all these young guys who can show their quality. It is important for them and for us to have a real assessment. For sure all have quality, they need time and space to show they can compete for a place in the squad.”

Danny Welbeck understands that there is still a lot of work to do:

“The game has changed since I started playing in the Premier League. Tactically, the detail that goes into each game is huge. Especially playing under this manager, you have to know every single detail on the pitch – not just for your position, but for all the positions.”

“You can’t do one good season and think that is enough. It is never enough. That is a lot of what the manager says. De Zerbi wants us to be pushing on. If we have one good performance, he wants the next one to be even better, and the next one has to be better again. It is the same with the seasons. Obviously, it is over a longer period of time, but the manager has the desire to improve every single person at the club and he instils the belief that we want to be better. There is no resting. We are going to push ourselves and see what we can do in every single competition this year.”

ex-Arsenal striker shared.

Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion Prediction:

In their inaugural match on American soil, Chelsea exhibited a commendable performance, securing a thrashing victory although only against representatives from England’s fourth division. Although the caliber of their opponents may be questioned, it is essential to acknowledge that Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has already adapted to the new surroundings, affording them a distinct advantage over their forthcoming counterparts from Brighton, who are poised to embark on their first pre-season encounter.

As Brighton enters this initial contest, their true potential remains an enigma, with their strengths evidently derived from their cohesive chemistry and astute positional play. Nevertheless, uncertainty clouds their ability to execute their pressing game with customary high workload.

Conversely, the Blues boast a more formidable and well-rounded squad, comprising individuals capable of producing moments of brilliance. With certain players possessing the ability to make decisive impacts on their own, Chelsea holds a strategic advantage over their opponents who are known for their unreliability in defence.

Despite the low fitness levels and the lack of chemistry in places, we expect an intense game in which Chelsea can finally break their 5-match winless streak, albeit without an impressive advantage.

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Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Chelsea will win with the handicap (0) – Yes.

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We say: Chelsea will win with the handicap (0) – Yes.