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Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup

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The pattern of trading wins and losses (including a couple draws) continued for Chelsea over the weekend, with the win against Arsenal extending that run to 15 games.

W-L-W-D-W-L-D-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W.

If that pattern holds, the pendulum will swing back the other way, and another potential turning point will be gone.

But this match is away, so maybe that will help? Our record away from home has been far better than our record at Stamford Bridge, as silly as that may be.

What won’t help are the injury concerns of Marcos Alonso, Reece James, and Christian Pulisic, all three of whom missed the weekend’s contest. Pulisic should be available after announcing that he’s “100% fit”, but we don’t have any new information on either Alonso or James. Lampard had been hopeful of Alonso returning by now, even as the head coach persisted with the 3-4-3.

Whether he does so in this one remains to be seen.

Choose wisely.

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