Chelsea collected their first away win in four games in all competitions and our first away points in three tries in the Premier League with a fairly comfortable 2-1 win over Brighton.
The visitors certainly had it easy for the first 60-65 minutes, and if the early chance in the second half goes in, we probably see out that way the rest of the game. But it didn’t and Brighton grew slowly into the game and made things interesting towards the end.
Fortunately, Chelsea managed to hang on to the one-goal lead.
With Spurs winning yesterday, the three points were imperative to keep pace. Even better, Arsenal dropped points against Southampton, so Chelsea are in sole possession of fourth place at the moment, three ahead of the Gunners and two behind Spurs.
- Same exact starting lineup for Chelsea as last weekend against Manchester City, with Hazard playing at center forward.
- Subs of RLC (for Pedro), a straight swap of Barkley for Kovačić, then Giroud for an often-kicked Hazard for the final 8 minutes and added-on time. Hazard with a hand in both goals, setting up one and scoring the other.
- Next up: Bournemouth in the League Cup quaterfinals on Wednesday