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EXCLUSIVE: Full Chelsea team news and Expected starting XI to face Brighton

Thomas Tuchel is likely to stick to his default tactics at Chelsea as the Blues go into the weekend looking for a win as well as keeping a clean sheet to boost their top four chances.

Coming off a 1-0 win against Manchester City in the FA cup semi final during the weekend, Chelsea will be looking to keep their form going into Tuesday’s game against Brighton.

Minus the woeful 5-2 defeat against lowly West Brom which ended the German’s 14-game unbeaten start as head coach, the Blues have looked promising and also very defensively solid.

They are just one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United, and have the chance to leapfrog them with their game in hand against the Seagulls.

The club could go up to third in the league standings with a victory, given Leicester City are not in action until Thursday against West Bromwich Albion.

The Blues have an excellent record against the Seagulls. They have dropped just two points from seven meetings since the latter’s promotion in 2017.

Predicted Chelsea XI against Brighton: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Hudson-Odoi; Mount, Havertz, Werner.

Injury News: Thiago Silva is out of the squad to face the Seagulls due to precautionary reasons following his sustained injury in the closing stages against Manchester City.

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