90+3min: FULL TIME. CHELSEA WIN!
90min: Three minutes added on. Chelsea still probing for a fourth. Hudson-Odoi still tracking back! Defensive aspect, fam.
84min: Willian’s on for Hazard as the final change.
82min: Kovacic replaces RLC for the final few minutes. Hazard tries a spectacular first-time volley at the far post, but he slices it well wide.
80min: The tension is now all gone. Brighton win their first corner and Kepa gets to make an easy save on a long shot.
72min: Hazard’s fouled 25 yards out, right of center. He chips in the ball, but Brighton defend it well. Zappacosta makes a rare appearance as Azpilicueta takes a breather. David Luiz gets the armband.
70min: Kante misses a sitter as he’s found by Hazard’s cross. The ball bounced just a bit too much and the shot goes well over from 5 yards out.
68min: Bissouma brings down Hudson-Odoi and they both fall to the ground clutching knees. Fortunately, they both look okay to carry on.
64min: GOAL!! LOFTUS-CHEEK! And now it’s Loftus-Cheek’s turn to beat the goalkeeper, from almost the identical position as Hazard, a couple yards deeper. 3-0, CHELSEA!
60min: GOAL!! HAZARD! Chelsea keeping up the pressure. Hazard beats a couple defender, cuts onto his right, and finishes with ease from 18 yards. 2-0, CHELSEA!
56min: Great chance goes begging as Jorginho finds Hudson-Odoi with a great ball over the top, but his header is straight at the goalkeeper from 3 yards out.
53min: Couple great tackles from Jorginho in the middle get Chelsea going forward, but Brighton recover in numbers. Eventually, a Hudson-Odoi, Giroud 1-2 attempt is intercepted and the momentum’s gone.
51min: Hudson-Odoi tracks back to win the ball and start the move, which eventually results in a decent cross towards Giroud, but it’s over his head.
48min: Brighton start brightly, but Chelsea counter and win a corner through Hazard. A nice turn and cross from David Luiz at the far post is gathered by Ryan.
HALF-TIME: No changes.
45+2min: And it’s half-time. Chelsea dominant, but only up one goal.
45min: Another great cross, this time from Hazard, goes begging as Kante is just a bit late and Hudson-Odoi swings and misses rather funnily at the far post. Happens to the best of them!
42min: Hazard beats three, then is taken out. David Luiz lines up behind the ball, 20 yards out, quite central. But the wall jumps and blocks for a corner.
39min: GOAL!! GIROUD! Hudson-Odoi destroys his man again and puts in a great low cross towards the front post. Giroud gets the vital touch to put it home. 1-0, CHELSEA!
36min: Hazard misses a great chance as Giroud knocks down a long ball despite being marked by two. Hazard, unmarked and wide open at the top of the box, lashes it well over. Massive miss, especially in a tight game.
35min: Brighton have a long throw after Christensen’s turned and Emerson covers, but Chelsea clear. Bissouma however beats both CHO and Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right and finds a green shirt with his cutback, but Andone’s shot is weak and Emerson can clear. Bit of a letoff there for Chelsea.
33min: Hudson-Odoi beats the new man Knockaert to the byline and crosses towards the front post, but Azpilicueta’s header is off target.
31min: March replaced by Knockaert.
29min: Great passing in tight quarters between Kante, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi, with the latter finding Giroud for a first-time shot, which is unfortunately blocked. Solly March picks up an injury for Brighton in the meantime.
27min: Azpilicueta fashions a cross, but Giroud’s in among the trees and his header lacks any power to trouble the goalkeeper, who sets to wasting some time.
24min: Hazard tries to make something happen, again, but the move breaks down as he’s crowded out in the penalty area. It was 1-v-3, at least.
22min: Hazard tries to make something happen, but the move breaks down. Brighton defending well, as one would expect.
19min: Jorginho’s pass is cut out this time and Brighton counter, but a hopeful wide angle shot is seen wide by Kepa.
18min: Jorginho finds Giroud with a chipped ball. The chest control is great, but the shot on the half-turn is blocked and the goalkeeper gathers.
15min: Kante pushed over in the box after some great one-touch play up the right flank, but the referee isn’t interested.
13min: A great cross from Emerson goes begging across goal as no one makes the far post run.
11min: Emerson and Jorginho combine to win the ball in midfield and launch a counter. Giroud lays it off to Kante, who finds CHO, who cuts inside and has a go, but it’s blocked for a corner. Giroud heads over from Hazard’s inswinger.
9min: Hazard and Giroud try a 1-2, but it’s anticipated and put out for a throw. From the throw, Brighton counter, but Chelsea recover. Brighton pull back for a bit of possession, then waste it with an offside.
7min: Hudson-Odoi tests Bong a couple times and wins a corner. Hazard plays it short with CHO, but the second ball is blocked for another corner. This time Hazard plays it in, it’s half-cleared and Chelsea maintain possession.
5min: Brighton win a free kick in the middle of the pitch and send everyone forward. Duffy wins the long ball in the area, but it’s well wide of the goal.
2min: Pattern already established, with Chelsea holding possession and Brighton dropped all 11 men deep.
KICK-OFF: Brighton, in green and white, get us underway.
Needless to say, this is a must-win. But we’ll say it anyway. It’s a must-win.
And preferably with a bit more conviction than on Sunday.
Here we go!
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Emerson, David Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c) | Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kante | Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi
Substitutes from: Caballero, Rüdiger, Zappacosta, Barkley,Kovacic, Willian, Higuaín
Brighton starting XI:
Ryan | Bruno (c), Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, Jahanbahksh, Andone, March
Substitutes from: Button, Burn, Bernardo, Kayal, Izquierdo, Knockaert, Murray
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 19:45 BST; 2:45pm EDT; 12:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Graham Scott
On TV: none (UK); none (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: NBC Sports Gold (USA); Hotstar (India); Chelsea TV (int’l — audio commentary only)
Be excellent to each other.