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Brighton vs Chelsea 20 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

20 Enero 2018

Willian has now been directly involved in seven goals in his last five Premier League starts. In the last couple of weeks we were also a bit unlucky but at the same time, we were not so accurate in our finishing'.

For Chelsea this has meant losing momentum at the top of the table and slipping to only one win above fifth-placed Tottenham. We are always conscious about what we say, we have a competitive squad, but we have found it difficult to get the goals we need.

The Seagulls were shot down by two set-pieces as their poor away form continued at the Hawthorns.

Meanwhile Chelsea attacker Willian marked his 50th consecutive appearance in the Premier League, the longest current run of successive games in the division among outfield players, with a fine goal.

The home side had a chance of pulling one back in the 50th minute, as Propper's header hit the post.

At home, Brighton has been a hard team to beat. A 0-0 draw with Leicester City in their last league fixture leaves the Londoners sitting fourth place in the Premier League, losing ground on Manchester United in second. Thibaut Courtois was not here but Willy was there and he saved some goals. "My priority before that is to convince the player to work for the team", Conte said.

Opposition full-backs were forced to track them infield - otherwise the two centre-backs would be up against all three. Moses was in action for the entire duration of the match. In this case Pedro understood.

He is already up to 18 at Chelsea and, after a positive start, his form has dipped alarmingly - Morata has not scored in six games in all competitions.

And three minutes later Hazard and Michy Batshuayi combined in a blur of backheels before Willian provided the finish from just inside the area.

The Blues have been linked with Roma's Edin Dzeko, while there were reports Thursday they wanted to bring Stoke's experienced Peter Crouch to Stamford Bridge after a move for another target man, Andy Carroll, collapsed because of the West Ham forward's ankle injury.

'I think the VAR would have looked at that one and said we think it is a clear and obvious error and you're well entitled to go back and award a penalty.

Eden Hazard scored twice to cap a marvellous individual display as Chelsea recorded their first victory of 2018 at the Amex Stadium.

To their credit, Brighton had their moments in the first half, too.

It's a shame for Conte because the one thing designed to put every aspect of a football match on display actually covered up his problems this week.

Chelsea killed the game off as a contest when Hazard was fed in the left-hand channel and allowed to advance unchecked across the box, before slotting in. "He knows very well his mistake".

New Chelsea midfielder, Ross Barkley is aiming for world class status with his new side.

Brighton vs Chelsea 20 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions