Chelsea will hope to secure all three points against Brighton, and reclaim the fourth spot in the Premier League table.
Chelsea will be running on high confidence at the moment after they defeated Manchester City in the semifinals of the FA Cup over the weekend. The Blues have now reached the finals of the domestic cup, and the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League within a week. The London side will now shift their attention to the Premier League, where they host Brighton for a key fixture in terms of their top-four aspirations.
The Blues will climb back into the fourth spot if they secure at least one point on Tuesday. West Ham United are currently fourth on the table, with 55 points, but the Hammers have played an extra game. Thomas Tuchel is expected to ring in a few changes from the side that faced Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City over the weekend. Chelsea have had a busy schedule in the past week, playing up to three matches in the span of just under eight days.
Edouard Mendy is expected to start between the sticks for Chelsea. The Senegal international has done a brilliant job for his side this season and is expected to carry on with his fine performances. Andreas Christensen is dealing with a muscle injury, and his participation on Tuesday is under some doubt.
A late call will be made on Thiago Silva‘s fitness to determine if he can feature against Brighton. As a result, Kurt Zouma might be called back into the team and will start alongside the likes of Antonio Rudiger and César Azpilicueta at the centre-back position.
Marcus Alonso has not started in the last three games for the Blues and can be expected to start at the left-wing back position. Ben Chilwell has been putting in some great performances off-late, which has kept the Spaniard out of the starting lineup. Callum Hudson-Odoi will be given an opportunity to start at the right-wing back position. Reece James will be rested for the midweek fixture, given the fact that he has started in the two previous games.
Mateo Kovačić continues to remain on the sidelines due to an injury, which means that Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will start in the midfield. Mason Mount has been an integral part of Chelsea’s squad this season but has worked tirelessly in the past week. Thomas Tuchel might consider starting him from the bench on Tuesday.
Hakim Ziyech scored the winner in the FA Cup clash against Manchester City and is expected to start again. The Morocco international will operate as the right-attacking midfielder. Christian Pulisic has scored three goals in his last two league games, and he will certainly start against Brighton. The American forward will operate besides Ziyech as the left-attacking midfielder.
Kai Havertz will be called back into the starting lineup, in place of Timo Werner. The latter set up Hakim Ziyech‘s goal against City but failed to make much of an impact. Havertz started as the striker against Crystal Palace last weekend and seemed quite comfortable leading the forward line rather than play as an attacking midfielder or on the wings.