Paul Merson states his prediction for Brighton v Chelsea FC

The Arsenal legend is tipping Chelsea FC to beat Brighton at Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to victory over Brighton at Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues will be looking to keep the pressure on Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are also coming under pressure from Arsenal, who start the weekend level on points with their London rivals.

Chelsea FC have an impressive record against Sunday’s opponents, having won their last six meetings in an unbeaten run stretching back to 1933.

The west London side have lost their last two Premier League games on the road to give Brighton some confidence ahead of the top-flight clash.

Furthermore, Brighton have the seventh best home record in the English top flight this term, collecting 14 points from a possible 21.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Chelsea FC to ease past Brighton despite the Seagulls’ respectable home form.

“I’ve got to go Chelsea here,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I like Brighton at home, they’re strong at the Amex, but I think Chelsea have to back up that huge win against City.

“Last week we were looking at Chelsea and thinking: ‘If they get beat by City, are they going to make the top four?’

“They go and beat Man City, and all of a sudden they have to back that up. If they don’t, the Man City game was a complete and utter waste of time. This is how Maurizio Sarri will be looking at it.

“He’ll be thinking: ‘Can my players do this again in a completely different setting?’ They failed miserably at Wolves, which may have thrown them out of the title race, so this is a big test. It’s about attitude.”

Chelsea FC are on course to finish in the Premier League’s top four but face competition from Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Blues appointed Sarri as their new manager in the summer after Antonio Conte led the west London side to a disappointing

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