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Brighton vs Chelsea, Premier League

Brighton vs Chelsea, Premier League

Then, with 13 minutes remaining, Hazard put the result beyond their hosts, scoring a gem of an individual goal to make it three.

To their credit, Brighton did not buckle.

The 101 goals came in 342 games across Ligue 1 and the Premier League, with Hazard's best goalscoring season coming in 2011/12, when he scored 20 goals in 38 games for Lille - his final season at the club before joining Chelsea.

Chris Hughton's men had two appeals turned away by Jon Moss during their 4-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Hazard finally killed off the game in the 77th minute after running from deep before slotting home the third with a delightful shot back across the retreating cover.

Brighton's heads were yet to clear when a dazzling second arrived, with Willian scything towards a ragged backline before being audaciously set up for an emphatic finish by twin backheels from Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.




It could have spared everybody extra time and penalties, preserving the legs of Conte's players in readiness for tomorrow's early kick off at Brighton. When he and Batshuayi had the ball in tight spots, the two Belgians fizzed passes and flicks off each other in thrilling fashion; when he had the ball in space, his colleagues looked like they were compelled to make the right runs, guided by some sort of Hazardian mind control, which he would of course complete by making the flawless pass. Two players were both running for the ball and they become tangled.

These two teams have met just nine times in their history, with Chelsea taking the honours on seven occasions.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes the first one was a penalty but the second one wasn't. And it's Marcos Alonso.

- Chelsea extended their top-flight unbeaten run to eight games (W5 D3), their longest streak without a defeat since March (also eight).

Hughton brought on Glenn Murray and Beram Kayal in a double-change that failed to improve Brighton's fortunes, while Chelsea will have more injury concerns after Andreas Christensen had to be replaced by David Luiz.

Ultimately, the Blues should have just a bit too much class and quality for their opponents, and should be able to leave the South coast with three points under their belt.


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