Antonio Conte: Pedro dived because he was exhausted
Antonio Conte: Pedro dived because he was exhausted
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by Keegan Kruger
20 January, 2018, 08:02
Having secured their first league win since August with victory over Brighton last weekend West Bromwich Albion take on an Everton side suffering a slump of their own.
Few teams can match the Blues' record on their travels this season.
Chelsea's penalty shoot-out success against Norwich on Wednesday evening can't disguise their poor form - it's now five draws from five matches from Antonio Conte's side (90 minutes only), with the Blues yet to win in 2018.
Brighton have lost only two of their 11 Premier League home fixtures (W3, D6). Chelsea finished extra time at Stamford Bridge down to nine men and drawing 1-1 before winning a penalty shootout.
Chelsea are fourth in the table, level on 47 points.
Brighton are dropping down the table... I think Chelsea will do enough to win although it might not be easy since Brighton fight hard at home.
Just over three weeks ago was the last time the two sides collided, with Conte's men running out 2-0 victors courtesy of goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso. Both goals were also set up by Spaniards (Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta). "I hope we don't pay, also because my decision was clear: to try to go to the next round tonight and give a bit of rest to the other players."For sure we have to face many problems, and also because Pedro and Morata are not able to play, but we want to try to get three points".
The hosts have the luxury of being able to call on a almost full squad, with only Steve Sidwell unavailable as he faces a sustained period on the sidelines with a long-term ankle injury.
Izzy Brown is sidelined with a knee injury, although he would be ineligible to face his parent club in any case.
Michy Batshuayi, who opened the scoring against Norwich, could keep his place in the side.
Antonio Conte has publicly warned his Chelsea players not to dive on the field of play and it remains to be seen how the manager's tough words affect the squad.
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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