BBC Sport pundit states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Brighton
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to claim a 2-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to claim a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League clash on Wednesday night.
The Blues head into the game after having come from behind to seal a dramatic and controversial 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the top flight on Sunday afternoon.
That victory has kept alive Chelsea FC’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season as they look to try and secure Champions League qualification under Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea FC are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and break back into the Champions League qualification spots before the season is out.
And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is not expecting to see Chelsea FC have any problems at home to Brighton on Wednesday night in the top flight.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Chelsea were really very fortunate to beat Cardiff on Sunday – the big decisions definitely went their way.
“I don’t understand why Blues boss Maurizio Sarri had started that game with Eden Hazard on the bench. What was he resting him for? Surely it wasn’t this game? It made no sense at all to leave his best player out.
“Brighton boss Chris Hughton has got some issues too, because his side were not very good in Saturday’s defeat by Southampton and they do not score many goals at the best of times.
“They are not great on the road either and, if Sarri gets his team selection right, this should be a fairly routine win for Chelsea.
“The Seagulls are in trouble too. Yes, they have a bit of a cushion between themselves and the relegation zone, but they are the team who look the most like being dragged in.”
Chelsea FC are aiming to at least break back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and won the FA Cup last term under Antonio Conte.
They will return to Europa League action next week when they take on Slavia Prague in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, knowing that the competition could provide another route into next season’s Champions League.