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Brighton had to come from behind to secure a point against Palace on Friday, with Joachim Andersen‘s own goal in the 87th minute ensuring that the Seagulls would avoid defeat in the M23 derby in East Sussex.
Graham Potter‘s side are now unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions, including their last four in the Premier League, which includes the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the league on December 29.
Brighton have actually only lost once in England’s top flight since November 20, and a total of 28 points from 20 matches has left them in ninth position in the table, just four points behind seventh-placed Manchester United on the same number of games.
Potter’s team have lost just four of their 20 Premier League games this term, but they have won just three of their 10 league matches in front of their own supporters, collecting only 13 points in the process.
The Seagulls have never won a Premier League match against Chelsea, with their last success coming in the FA Cup back in 1933, but three of the last four league games between the two sides have finished level.
Brighton will again be without Lewis Dunk due to a knee problem, with Potter revealing on Monday that the central defender is not yet available for selection.
The Seagulls are also sweating on the fitness of Adam Lallana, who picked up a knock against Palace, while Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu are both definitely out through injury.
The home side will also be without Yves Bissouma due to his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations, so Jakub Moder could again feature in midfield, with Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard starting as the front two.
Tariq Lamptey was named on the bench against Palace but could now earn a spot in the starting side, while Danny Welbeck and Solly March are also pushing for positions in the XI.
As for Chelsea, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Trevor Chalobah remain unavailable for selection through injury, while Andreas Christensen is out after testing positive for coronavirus.
Edouard Mendy, who also recently tested positive for COVID-19, is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, meanwhile, so Kepa Arrizabalaga will once again feature between the sticks.
Head coach Tuchel will make changes from the side that started against Man City, with Mason Mount and Timo Werner potentially joining Romelu Lukaku in the final third of the field.
Kai Havertz and Jorginho are also pushing for spots in the team, but Tuchel is likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale alterations, with Malang Sarr potentially retaining his spot at the back.
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Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Lamptey, Webster, Burn, Cucurella; Gross, Lallana, Moder, Mac Allister; Trossard, Maupay
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Rudiger, T Silva, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Werner