Michael Owen makes worrying prediction for Chelsea vs Brighton tonight

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen feels Brighton are in for a testing time in the Premier League against Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:10 am
Michael Owen has been impressed by Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea

Graham Potter's Brighton are six points above the drop and still require a few more points on the board to be certain of their Premier League status for next season.

Albion drew 0-0 last time out against Everton but Chelsea are a team bang in form at the moment and are fresh from their FA Cup semi-final victory against Man City.

Potter's men will hope Chelsea's players will be distracted by all the talk of the club's possible involvement in the European Super League.

Owen feels Brighton are almost safe but said Chelsea will have too much for them tonight.

"Fresh from their fantastic FA Cup win against Manchester City, Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge," wrote Owen in his Bet Victor predictions blog."A win will take the Blues into the top four, so with plenty to play for, there is no doubt Thomas Tuchel will see this as a crucial three points.

"Brighton are pretty much safe. They’ve earned plenty of plaudits this campaign, and if they can get their recruitment right over the summer, the Seagulls could potentially do a lot better next season.

"With so much on the line, I can’t see Chelsea taking their foot off the gas. So, with the wind in their sails after Saturday’s huge win, I can only see this one going one way. It’s 2-0 to the Blues for me."

Andreas Christensen will be fit for Chelsea as the Denmark defender has recovered from a muscle problem to be available.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined with hamstring trouble, while defender Thiago Silva could take a seat on the bench after featuring twice last week.

Striker Aaron Connolly could return to Brighton’s squad following a foot injury.

The Republic of Ireland international has not featured since the 1-0 defeat to West Brom on February 27 but has trained freely during the past week.

Defender Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and winger Solly March (knee) remain sidelined for Albion.

Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Jorginho, Silva, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Caballero, Zouma, Mendy, Giroud, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, James, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Palmieri, Gilmour.

Brighton provisional squad: Sanchez, Steele, White, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Burn, Karbownik, Bissouma, Gross, Lallana, Propper, Caicedo, Mac Allister, Alzate, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck, Zeqiri, Tau, Connolly.