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How should Chelsea line up against Brighton in Saturday's early kick-off?

How should Chelsea line up against Brighton in Saturday's early kick-off?

Brighton are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches at home, but Chelsea will still be firm favourites on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed Ross Barkley will be in the matchday squad for tomorrow's trip south to play Brighton Hove Albion.

Chelsea are without forwards Alvaro Morata and Pedro, who were both sent off during the FA Cup penalty-shootout win over Norwich on Wednesday.

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Chelsea XI, listed in squad number order.

"In the last period we drew many times".

The Blues boss has been under fire over the last few months, despite Chelsea picking up in form and shape and sit fourth, level with Liverpool on points and are three points behinds second-placed Manchester United.

The Premier League rules also now state that 10 yellow cards are needed to earn a ban for accumulation, with the 19-game deadline passed by all clubs in the league. The reigning champions have scored just three goals in their past five games, and without two of their first choice players in the front third, their barren run may well continue.

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The Seagulls are one short of 200 top-flight goals.

Expected Brighton XI (4-4-1-1): Ryan (GK); Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo, Groß, Murray.

During the game there didn't look to be any issues with his hamstring and with the news Cesc Fabregas is out of action Ross could finally get his chance.

These two teams have met just nine times in their history, with Chelsea taking the honours on seven occasions. While Chelsea have produced only one goal from their last four matches, Brighton have failed to score in six of their previous eight League fixtures.

Brighton are in desperate need of a win after dropping to within two places and three points of the bottom three. The Blues will be hoping for a repeat performance this time around. I think it has to be.

The key for the hosts will be in defence. A scoring-midfield option, at that. Having set up with negative tactics to take appoint, Brighton left with a negative result as the better Albion on the day claimed all three points.