Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Brighton v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea's trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Lawrenson is tipping Brighton to further frustrate Chelsea and hold the Blues to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s Premier League clash on the south coast.

It has been something of a frustrating few weeks for the Blues after a stuttering run of form for Antonio Conte’s men.

Chelsea dropped down into fourth place in the Premier League table after they were held to a goalless draw by Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in the top flight last week.

However, Conte’s men did return to winning ways on Wednesday when they secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a penalty shootout win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea now switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their crunch clash with Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.

But former Liverpool star Lawrenson is tipping the Blues to come up against some strong competition on Saturday and be held to a draw.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Chelsea are without Alvaro Morata and Pedro, who are both suspended after being sent off against in the FA Cup against Norwich on Wednesday night.

“The Blues have lacked a cutting edge up front recently anyhow, and could only draw against Leicester last weekend – in fact, the Foxes should have beaten them.

“Michy Batshuayi has struggled for form too but I still cannot understand why Chelsea are supposedly in for Andy Carroll – he is always getting injured.

“So I think Brighton have got a decent chance of getting something out of this game, especially because they are at home.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title in style last season but the Blues’ focus this term will be securing a place in the top four and qualification for the Champions League.

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