By William Hill
13th December 2018
Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play Eden Hazard as a false or perhaps not so false, nine against Manchester City reaped dividends, but the brilliant Belgian bamboozled Brighton from the wing at the Amex last season, when Chelsea handed the Seagulls a rare home defeat.
Hazard revelled in a central role at Stamford Bridge against the champions, setting up both goals in a high-energy performance that saw him utilise his dribbling and ball-shielding abilities to great effect in easing the pressure on the Blues defence.
However, effective as that positional ploy proved against City, it ought to be iced against the Seagulls, and our Brighton vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips are forecasting that Chelsea’s number 10 will be freed from the majority of his off-the-ball responsibilities.
Chelsea one the few sides to better Brighton at home in 2017/18
The Blues have been priced up as 42/100 favourites in the match betting for their clash with Chris Hughton’s men, whom they thrashed 4-0 last time they visited these parts.
Hazard struck twice from his time-honoured left-flank station in that January masterclass, a performance that was particularly significant as only three other sides won at the Amex in 2017/18. Liverpool were also the only other visitors to score more than twice and win by more than two.
Enhanced Odds of 6/4 are available about him scoring as part of an away victory this time around and as the club’s top league scorer for the current campaign, averaging more shots per game than any of his teammates, you won’t find many more solid Brighton vs Chelsea predictions.
Not that we aren’t going to provide you with another choice betting tip.
Brighton vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips
The Blues blanked Brighton home and away last season under the auspices of Antonio Conte and the ‘away win to nil’ tip looks primed to cop again at reasonable 23/20 pick, with the odds swaying in Chelsea’s favour.
Shutting out City at Stamford Bridge has offered a timely reminder of defensive capabilities within the Chelsea side and, next to the champions, the Seagulls look eminently snuffable.
Shut out by a tanking Burnley on their travels last time out, Brighton have failed to strike more than once in four of their last five home games.