Chelsea’s busy schedule rolls on as we switch back to Premier League play and head down to the coast this weekend for a date with Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls sit just outside the relegation zone, though their main issue, like for Chelsea, has been scoring goals rather than conceding too many.
For the Blues, this early kick-off on Saturday comes on the back of five straight draws, the last of which, just two days ago, then added another 30 minutes plus a penalty kick shootout onto the schedule. Pedro and Alvaro Morata copping one-match suspensions thanks to a couple poor decisions only adds to Chelsea’s concerns.
Conte’s also dealing with a few fitness concerns, as both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are battling (minor, if there is such a thing?) hamstring injuries and Ross Barkley still just coming up to speed since his transfer at the beginning of the month. He was set to make an appearance on Wednesday but was found to be ineligible. Instead, he played in a closed-doors friendly on Thursday, scoring twice but also apparently and understandably lacking match fitness.