Brighton vs. Chelsea Betting Tips: Two picks as Graham Potter returns
Brighton vs Chelsea Odds
Graham Potter returns to the Amex to face former side Brighton on Saturday afternoon as he looks to extend his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea manager. Meanwhile his Seagulls replacement, Roberto de Zerbi, is still searching for his first win in charge.
Below we preview the clash, which takes place at 3pm, and provide two tips for your perusal…
Brighton vs Chelsea Tips
Potter will be pretty satisfied with the start he's made to his Chelsea tenure, having won six and drawn three of his nine matches in all competitions. He’s amassed 11 points from a possible 15 in the Premier League which puts the Blues 5th in the table, with a game in hand on Newcastle (4th) and Spurs (3rd), although his side have drawn their last two games.
De Zerbi justified the excitement surrounding his appointment with a thrilling debut 3-3 draw away to Liverpool, however this has been followed by defeats to Spurs, Brentford and Man City, plus a goalless draw against Nottingham Forest, meaning he’s now five games without a win.
It’s Chelsea who make the trip over to the south coast as the 6/4 favourites to scoop all three points and subsequently make it 10 games undefeated under Potter. Hosts Brighton are priced 2/1 to stamp in their first win of the De Zerbi era, whereas a draw is available at 23/10.
Brighton have yet to carve out a win under De Zerbi, but he will be happy with the performances of Leandro Trossard who has scored all four of Brighton’s goals since the Italian took charge: the memorable hat-trick at Anfield and a goal at the Etihad last weekend.
His overall tally of six goals in 11 games this season is only bettered by Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Aleksandar Mitrović, and Ian Toney, while he’s only two goals off his tally from last season (eight).
This season in the league, Trossard has scored more goals (6), taken more shots (28) and had more shots on target (11) than any Brighton or Chelsea player.
A shot on target has landed in seven of his 11 matches, including his last two games against Man City and Forest. He’ll once again be central to Brighton’s attacking play on Saturday and looks well worth a look at 5/6 (bet365) to register another shot on target, a decent price considering he’s 4/9 with some other firms.
2 or more shots on target could also catch the eye at 9/2.
It may be a surprise to learn that only two players have committed more fouls in the league this season than Kai Havertz (20): Moisés Caicedo (22) and Gabriel Jesus (21). Havertz could even be top of the pile for this unwanted statistic, but has played a game fewer.
Havertz committed four fouls alone in his last league outing against Brentford, and before that two fouls in 45 minutes against Aston Villa.
The Chelsea forward has already racked up three yellow cards in 10 games this term, which attracts us to his 7/1 price to be booked on Saturday afternoon. Bet365’s offering catches the eye in particular, considering Havertz is around the 4/1 mark elsewhere.
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