Paul Merson predicts the score ahead of Chelsea vs Brighton on Sunday

Paul Merson

Paul Merson has made his weekly score prediction ahead of this Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Brighton.

Chelsea are back in action this weekend when they host Brighton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

The Blues will go into the game off the back of a 4-1 humbling defeat away to Newcastle United last time out, which has sucked a lot of confidence out of a team enjoying a mini resurgence.

As for Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton, they’re going well in the league and play AEK Athens on Thursday evening in the Europa League group stages.

Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion - Carabao Cup Third Round

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Chelsea vs Brighton prediction

Merson has previewed the weekend fixture by suggesting it could be a very close contest.

Brighton are six points above Chelsea right now in the league table. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 1-0 winners when the teams met back in September in the Carabao Cup.

“This one could go anywhere. It’s a hard game to call. You just don’t know what you’re gonna get with Chelsea. Last week, I thought they did well in the first half against Newcastle United. I thought they were the better team but they just didn’t turn up for the second half,” Merson told Sportskeeda.

“It’s the same with Brighton. You never know what you’re going to get. They haven’t won too many games in the last seven or eight. Now they are going on a little bit of a run. They were five games without a win heading into last weekend’s match against Forest. Now they are six games without a defeat. They’re picking up.

“Lewis Dunk will be a huge miss after getting sent off against Forest. This will be a tightly contested affair.

“Predicted scoreline: Chelsea 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion.”

Big response needed

Chelsea really need to bounce back in emphatic fashion in front of their own fans in a few days time, but Brighton are such a tricky opponent coming to town.

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