Seemingly Irredeemable Chelsea Lose Once Again At Stamford Bridge To Brighton And Hove Albion

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Another day, Another defeat! Chelsea just can’t stop sinking as they lost once again in the Premier League to Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea starting XI and formation

The Blues tutored by caretaker manager Frank Lampard went with a 4-3-3 formation and their line up went thus Kepa (c), Chalobah, W. Fofana, Badiashile, Chilwell, Gallagher, Enzo, Zakaria, Pulisic, Sterling and Mudryk.

Brighton and Hove Albion starting lineup and formation

For Robert Der Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion, they set out in a 4-2-3-1 line up with Sanchez in goal, Veltman, Dunk (c), Webster, Estupinan, Caicedo, Gross, March, Mac Allister, Mitoma and Ferguson completing the XI. 

The Seagulls got the game underway and right from the beginning of the game it was a competitive encounter. 

An Image from the encounter involving Chelsea and Brighton
An Image from the encounter involving Chelsea and Brighton

it was looking like a day where Chelsea would match what their opponent brought to the table but unfortunately it was another evening of sadness and a woeful performance. 

The first yellow card in the game was picked up early on with Joel Veltman being cautioned for a poor challenge on Mhykailo Mudryk. 

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In the 10th minute, Brighton almost went into the lead but the effort of Ferguson struck the bar.

Three minutes later Connor Gallagher took Chelsea into the lead after Mhykailo Mudryk stole the ball in the opposition half, he then played the ball to the Englishman whose one time effort deflected off Dunk and past Sanchez in goal for Brighton. 

In the 28th minute, Brighton almost equalised after Mitoma went past three Chelsea defenders and fired a low shot at the near post but Kepa was on hand to save his side. 

Brighton and Hove Albion unfortunately suffered an injury to Joel Veltman who picked up a knock and couldn’t continue, he was afterwards replaced by Julio Encisco. 

Another substitution was made by Robert Der Zerbi with Evan Ferguson coming off for Danny Welbeck in the 39th minute. 

And the new arrival into the game, Danny Welbeck brought the away side back into the encounter leveling the scoreline in the match. 

Brighton and Hove Albion players celebrating against Chelsea
Brighton and Hove Albion players celebrating

Welbeck nodded a cross sent in by Pascal Gross into the back of the net and fans of the Seagulls were delighted at drawing level. 

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Conor Gallagher picked the last yellow card in the first half for a foul on Caicedo. It finished 1-1 in the first half with both managers definitely having plenty to discuss in both dressing rooms. 

The second half was largely dominanted by Brighton and Hove Albion as they took Chelsea by the scruff of the neck and dictated the course of the half.

In the 51st minute, Trevoh Chalobah was brandished a yellow card for a late challenge on Ecuadorian Pervis Estupinan.

Frank Lampard intent on changing the course of the game, brought on four substitutes as he introduced Hakim Ziyech for Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic for Enzo Fernandez alongside Reece James coming on for Wesley Fofana and Joao Felix replacing Raheem Sterling.

Before they netted in the 69th minute, they had several great chances, one big chance came after Julio Enciso pressured Reece James into a mistake.

Julio Enciso then fired a shot which hit the near post from close range but Danny Welbeck couldn’t bury the rebound into the empty goal. 

Chelsea got a big chance in the 65th minute after a good spell of possession, James cut back was blocked by Sanchez and the effort eventually couldn’t yield a goal. 

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In the 69th minute, Julio Enciso took Brighton into the lead from a 30 yard rocket off a pass delivered to him by Solly March.

In the 74th minute, Mason Mount replaced Dennis Zakaria, 3 minutes later Robert Sanchez was penalized for wasting time to take a goal kick.

The last substitution in the encounter was made by the Seagulls as Jan Paul van Hecke was introduced for Adam Webster.

Both side continued to battle it out in the encounter but it looked like it was beyond the reach of Chelsea as the team tutored by Robert Der Zerbi were too astute and determined to get the victory. 

It finished at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea sinking into a loss as Frank Lampard suffers another defeat as Caretaker coach of the West London side.

Chelsea have suffered three loses in three since the Englishman was made manager.

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