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The season has gone beyond halfway point as Chelsea will visit the Falmer Stadium to face Brighton on New Year’s Day lunchtime kick-off.
The Blues are 4th in the league while the Seagulls are in 14th place and 12 points separate both sides.
Chelsea have won every Premier League game played against Brighton and defeated them 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is expecting a difficult clash against Brighton on Wednesday afternoon and has hailed the work done by coach Graham Potter.
“It’ll be a really tough match,” Lampard stressed.
“I have got huge respect for him [Potter], from playing against his team [Swansea] last year twice, and seeing what he’s done with Brighton. It’s not easy to really change and affect a style of play, and I think he’s done that. He will have done a lot of work there.
“I watched back their game against Arsenal a few weeks ago when they came to the Emirates and controlled big elements of the game. I am under no illusions about how hard it’ll be.”