Former Brighton defender Mark Lawrenson reckons his old side will not be able to stop Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Seagulls head to west London tomorrow (Wednesday) to face Tuchel’s Blues, who currently sit third in the Premier League after a 3-1 win away from home against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Brighton are ninth in the table after a 2-0 victory against Brentford, which ended a 98-day wait for a top-flight win, with Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay both on target for Graham Potter’s men.
But Lawrenson thinks it will be a tough task for his old side to get anything at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea looking to try and keep pace with title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“Brighton finally got back to winning ways on Sunday, after a very long wait. Chelsea won too, and their game against Aston Villa was a really good one to watch,” he said, in his weekly predictions feature for the BBC website.
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“Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was complaining about having to play despite the Covid cases at the club but, if Chelsea can put out a similar side to the one that faced Villa, I’d back them to win this one too.
“I know Tuchel says playing Romelu Lukaku is a risk at the moment but he made the difference when he came on in that game and they should be able to get some more minutes out of him this time if they need to.”
Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for Chelsea.