Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea: Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea looks on during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Blues desperate for points after slipping down to fourth in the table.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has overseen three consecutive league draws, and the Stamford Bridge outfit appear short of ideas.

It has been a credible introduction to life in the top flight for the Seagulls, who have 23 points from 23 matches.

Brighton could climb as high as 10th with a shock victory, which would in turn dent Chelsea's chances of a top-four finish.

Here is how you can watch the action:

             

Date: Saturday, Jan. 20.

Time: 12:30 p.m. (GMT)/7:30 a.m. (ET)

TV: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (U.S)

StreamSky GoNBC Sports LivefuboTV

            

Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The post-festive calendar has been an underwhelming period for Conte and his champions.

The departure of striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid has made the Blues a less potent team, with the Spaniard's aggression sorely missed.

Eden Hazard has also failed to sparkle with consistency. He has only two assists to his name to add to the six goals he has scored in the Premier League this term, and as a unit.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte (C) pats Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) on the back after Hazard was substituted during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in London on
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Hazard has been substituted multiple times by Conte this term, but the manager said he is not concerned if the Belgian disapproves, according to Simon Stone of BBC Sport.

Conte said:

"It is not important. I decide. I am the coach. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club, not to make every player happy.

[...]

"Every press conference there is always this question about whether I'm worried about making my players happy. No. I'm worried to win, otherwise we would risk finishing 20th in the table."

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion, Chris Houghton celebrates with fans following Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Brighton and Hove Albion, April 11, 2016 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by
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Brighton have impressed fans with their endeavour since promotion from the EFL Championship and are well positioned before the run-in.

The Seagulls have won five and drawn eight, and they have been a difficult side to beat in England's top division.

Chelsea need to start winning on a regular basis once again, and a 2-0 victory against Brighton last December points to a comfortable game at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday.

However, the Blues have failed to win in six of their past 11 encounters in all competitions, giving Brighton a modicum of hope as the big guns arrive in town.

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