Chelsea escaped from Cardiff with three points and dignities barely intact, but a win’s a win and the only way is up, right?
Well, maybe not.
Chelsea will certainly have to do a lot better on Wednesday than on Sunday, from the manager on down to the players and possibly the fans as well — positive support, anyone? Brighton are just as desperate for points as Cardiff, with the two teams separated by just five points, although the Seagulls do have a game in hand. They’re not expected to win, but that just means they have nothing to lose. Chelsea, meanwhile, have everything to lose. (Well, figuratively.)
The Blues remain remarkably healthy, although fitness concerns, real or otherwise, remain. Davide Zappacosta (ankle) and Ethan Ampadu (back) remain on various injury lists, though the former was spotted in training last week already.
Chelsea do have a game over the weekend as well, but it’s only on Monday and it’s at home again (West Ham), giving an extra full day’s of rest between.