Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Brighton

Arsenal legend Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to edge to a straightforward win over Brighton on Wednesday night.

The Blues managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat by Cardiff City at the weekend, although the west London side needed a large slice of luck.

Maurizio Sarri’s men appeared to be heading for an eighth defeat of the Premier League season before late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rescued three points.

Chelsea FC have benefited from some kind results in the top-four race after Liverpool FC beat Tottenham in Sunday’s late kick-off before Wolves were 2-1 winners against Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Blues can hoist themselves above Manchester United and Tottenham into fourth place if Sarri’s side manage to beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Chelsea FC to secure a 2-0 win against the Seagulls to breathe life into their top-four challenge.

“It was a poor result for Brighton at home to Southampton on Saturday,” Merson told Sky Sports. “The fact Cardiff lost was a real stroke of luck, but Chris Hughton and his side need to be careful.

“At Chelsea, I’m not sure about the manager. He’s lucky to be in charge. Neil Warnock can say Cardiff were unlucky, well Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea were lucky.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t feature in Chelsea FC’s 2-1 win over Cardiff in Wales at the weekend despite the teenager’s promising England debut.

Merson admitted that he was surprised that Hudson-Odoi wasn’t introduced from the bench when the Premier League fixture was in the balance.

“With the team he picked he’d have done well to keep his job had they lost at Cardiff,” Merson added. “Then there were the substitutions and the fact Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t get on.

“He was very fortunate in the end. Despite all the negativity they should still have enough to beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge.”

Chelsea FC failed to finish in the top four last season, which led to the dismissal of Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte.

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