Chelsea vs Brighton LIVE: Premier League latest score and goal updates from fixture tonight

Chelsea cruise to comfortable win over Brighton

Follow all the action as Chelsea host Brighton in the Premier League tonight at Stamford Bridge. The introduction of second-half substitute Romelu Lukaku inspired Chelsea to claim a vital win after falling behind at Aston Villa on Boxing Day and Thomas Tuchel’s side know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to keep pace with Manchester City in the title race.

Liverpool’s defeat at Leicester last night means the Blues can move above Jurgen Klopp’s side into second with a win, ahead of the meeting between the two teams on Sunday. City, meanwhile, are closing in on a 10th consecutive victory and face Brentford away from home this evening as they look to maintain their six-point lead at the the top of the table.

Brighton ended their 11-match run without a win as they defeated Brentford 2-0 on Boxing Day thanks to goals from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay. The Seagulls secured a 0-0 draw on their visit to Stamford Bridge last season but are yet to defeat Chelsea in any of their eight attempts since returning to the Premier League. Follow live coverage of Chelsea vs Brighton below, plus updates from the later match between Manchester City and Brentford.

Chelsea vs Brighton

Chelsea look to keep within touching distance of leaders CityBrighton ended 11-match winless run against BrentfordChelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pulisic, Mount, Lukaku, Hudson-OdoiBrighton XI: Sánchez, Veltman, Lamptey, Burn, Cucurella, Lallana(c), Bissouma, Moder, Mac Allister, March, Maupay 28’ – GOAL! Lukaku’s glancing header breaks the deadlock, 1-0 Show latest update


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

57 mins: Close! Maupay goes inches wide with a low effort that skims past the post! That’s why that chance for Hudson-Odoi was so crucial – Brighton are still a big threat in this game.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:47


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

55 mins: What a chance! Chelsea have to score after Hudson-Odoi and Mount find themselves two-on-one on the break. Hudson-Odoi finds himself caught in two minds and rather than shooting, his cut-back to Mount is cut out by Veltman!

Just before, there were some half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Mount went down under a challenge from Veltman.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:46


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

54 mins: Save! Brighton come forward again and Alonso’s clearance only goes as far as Bissouma – who forces Mendy into the stop with a stinging effort from 25 yards!

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:43


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

50 mins: Mendy almost sees his clearance charged down by Maupay! The Chelsea goalkeeper got away with one there. Pulisic then concedes a free-kick for a foul on March. Mac Allister fires at goal from the angle but Mendy is able to punch clear.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:41


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

49 mins: Chance! It’s almost a repeat of the opening goal! Mount again swings in a corner from the right and Lukaku is inches away from meeting it on the six-yard line.

Pulisic then appeals for a penalty after running past Veltman, who did make contact as Pulisic lost control of the ball. No penalty.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:39


Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

47 mins: Close! Good play from Brighton, and that’s the closest they’ve come to scoring! Lallana plays in a smart, first-time cross from the left and finds Moder making a late run. He flicks it on and the ball almost drops in, but Mendy was able to watch it over the bar.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:37


Kick-off! Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Back underway at Stamford Bridge. Chalobah is on for Chelsea in place of Christensen, who can’t continue following his first-half injury.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:35


GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Man City

Eh, as you were. De Bruyne swings in a peach of a ball and Foden opens up his foot to steer Man City in front.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:31


Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Elsewhere in west London, Manchester City have kicked off at Brentford, but it’s the hosts who have made the better start! They’re up for this!

Ederson is forced into a flying stop from Wissa before Cancelo clears off the line!

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:30


Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Indeed, Brighton have had more possession, more shots and more passes than their opponents. It’s been a good performance from Graham Potter’s side so far.

Chelsea will be glad to get into the break in-front, and for all of Brighton’s encouraging play they have yet to be seriously tested. The injury to Reece James, which is reportedly a hamstring injury, was bad news during the half.

Jamie Braidwood29 December 2021 20:27


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