Chelsea have beaten Brighton in the Premier League just once in the last four years, with four draws and two defeats in that same span — including them doing the double over us last season. So if we’re looking for an easy team to help heal the wounds from last weekend’s crushing defeat in Newcastle, Brighton are probably not them.
Then again, a long overdue win against them in the league, just like recently in the League Cup, might be all the sweeter necessary in this case.
One big complication on our end will be at full back, where both current starters are suspended — Marc Cucurella for yellow card accumulation (five), and Reece James for his red card from the previous match. Malo Gusto has not been fully fit for the last few weeks
but did come off the bench last Saturday (EDIT: evidently I just imagined this; Gusto missed last week and is set to unavailable again...), while center backs Levi Colwill (left) and Axel Disasi (right) have deputized at full back this season already. (Ian Maatsen has not.) So we have options, though not necessarily ideal ones.
And speaking of less than ideal, I haven’t seen any positive news filter out from the training ground this week, so I’m assuming the injury situation is unchanged (i.e. no Nkunku, no Lavia, no Chukwuemeka, and all the rest).