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Brighton & Hove Albion look set to be in for a tough time as we approach the final few months of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and as expected, they have found the going pretty tough in the top-flight. Nevertheless they have put in some decent performances along the way and as things stand they find themselves 16th in what is a pretty tight bottom-half of the table.
Chris Hughton's men have enjoyed a modicum of success in front of their home fans but they have clearly struggled on their travels with no goals in their last six matches on the road and just a single point during that time. Nevertheless they have enjoyed home wins against the likes of Newcastle United and Watford in the Premier League as well as an FA Cup win over an improved Crystal Palace side, however can they maintain this decent home form when they entertain Chelsea this coming weekend?
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Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race to all intents and the best that they can achieve is a top-four finish. Nevertheless the Blues are still in with a shout of any one of three major trophies with the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League still in their sights although a few under-par performances hint that they may finish the season with little for their efforts.
The Blues followed up goal-less draws with Norwich City (FA Cup) and Arsenal (EFL Cup) with yet another draw at the weekend, this time against Leicester City in the league. Indeed they can consider themselves to have picked up a single point in that encounter with the Foxes and Antonio Conte will be demanding nothing short of an emphatic win when they head to the south coast in the opening Premier League match of the weekend.
Brighton have impressed in front of their home fans and they will be a tough nut to crack on Saturday. We expect them to cause the visitors a few problems and it could be another frustrating afternoon for Chelsea, especially so given their under-par displays of late. The Blues really cannot be backed with any confidence to secure the points at the Amex Stadium and on this occasion, we'll be backing them to be held to yet another draw.
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