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Full Highlights, Opta Stats: Chelsea 0 – 0 Brighton

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Danny Welbeck hit the post and Adam Lallana missed a glorious chance late on to deny Brighton a famous victory at Stamford Bridge in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side never got going in a game delayed by 15 minutes due to protests outside Stamford Bridge against the European Super League stopping both teams from reaching the ground, and managed only three shots on target all night against a stoic Brighton backline.

Instead, the visitors should have snatched victory late on but passed up a couple of gilt-edged chances, the first coming after Kurt Zouma was caught in possession by Neal Maupay, who found Lallana – only for the substitute to miss the far post when clean through.

Seconds later, Chelsea were again caught on the ball as Jorginho was robbed, allowing Welbeck to strike from 20 yards, but the width of the woodwork denied him a superb late winner, before Ben White was sent off for a second yellow in added time.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (6), Zouma (5), Christensen (6), Rudiger (6), James (5), Jorginho (5), Mount (6), Alonso (6), Ziyech (6), Havertz (5), Pulisic (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Werner (5), Giroud (5).

Brighton: Sanchez (6), Veltman (7), Webster (8), Dunk (7), White (8), Burn (7), Bissouma (7), Gross (6), Mac Allister (7), Trossard (5), Welbeck (6).

Subs: Lallana (5), Maupay (6), Moder (n/a).

Man of the match: Ben White

The point moves Chelsea back into the top four, ahead of West Ham on goal difference, while Brighton are seven points clear of the bottom three, having played a game less than 18th-placed Fulham.

On-pitch matters fail to match pre-match drama

On a night of high drama around Stamford Bridge, matters on the pitch had a lot to live up to in order to match the news Chelsea were planning to withdraw from the European Super League following protests by hundreds of fans outside the stadium.

It may have felt a little after the lord mayor’s show, and it certainly looked like it. Tuchel predicted his side would be “a little distracted” by the evening’s events and it took them 17 minutes to register their first shot, when Christian Pulisic turned Ben White well before skewing well wide.

A half of few chances, thanks to some committed Brighton defending and a real lack of tempo in Chelsea’s play, could have turned out differently had White’s poor touch in his own box been turned home by Hakim Ziyech, who instead fired straight at Robert Sanchez.

At the other end, Yves Bissouma’s goalbound strike was diverted just over his own bar by Jorginho, with Chelsea given a reminder they could not switch off in their own half despite enjoying the majority of the play.

Little changed for the Champions League semi-finalists after half-time, with Chelsea managing only two shots in the entire 45 minutes, and instead considering themselves lucky Brighton had left their shooting boots on the south coast.

With time running out, Zouma’s decision to turn into danger nearly proved fatal as Neal Maupay robbed him before feeding Lallana, who missed the target altogether when clean through.

Moments later Welbeck went closer still after Jorginho was caught in possession, but fired against the crossbar from distance with Arrizabalaga beaten.

Giroud, Chelsea’s saviour more than once this season, could have enhanced that reputation in the dying minutes when meeting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s low ball, but swept wide at the near post when under pressure.

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Opta facts

  1. Chelsea have lost just one of their 13 Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel (W7 D5), after losing five of the eight directly before that (W2 D1).
  2. Brighton have kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with eight of those coming since the turn of the year – they last registered more shutouts in a top-flight campaign in 1981-82 (14).
  3. Since winning promotion in 2017, Brighton have drawn more Premier League games 0-0 than any other side (17), including each of their last two. The Seagulls have now registered six goalless draws this season, more than in any of their previous Premier League campaigns.
  4. Of managers to oversee 10+ Premier League games in charge of Chelsea, only Glenn Hoddle (1.2) and Ian Porterfield (1.1) have posted a lower goals per game rate in the competition than Thomas Tuchel (1.3 – 17 goals in 13 games).
  5. Thomas Tuchel has seen his Chelsea side concede just 0.62 goals per game in the Premier League (8 in 13 games), the second-best ratio of any Blues’ boss in the competition to oversee 10+ games after Luiz Felipe Scolari (0.6 – 15 in 25 games).
  6. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept five clean sheets in a row in all competitions for the Blues, as many as he managed in his previous 18.
  7. All 139 of Brighton captain Lewis Dunk’s Premier League appearances have come in starts, with only 10 outfield players registering better 100% records for starts in the competition (G Southgate, P Ince, D Walker, G Pallister, F Coloccini, S Pearce, N Lennon, S Bruce, A De Zeeuw, D Richards).
  8. Since the start of their first Premier League season in 2017-18, Brighton have picked up 12 red cards, with only Arsenal (14) and Leicester (13) suffering more in that time.

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What’s next?

Next up for Chelsea are West Ham on Saturday, a game live on Sky Sports Premier League (5.30pm kick-off). Meanwhile, Brighton travel to already relegated Sheffield United, also on Saturday and live on Sky Sports Premier League (8pm kick-off).

 

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Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium as Sam Allardyce suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his career.

The Gunners, 10th in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off and playing for little more than pride after their Europa League exit on Thursday, took the lead when the excellent Bukayo Saka, playing at left-back, crossed for Emile Smith Rowe to volley home (29).

Arsenal doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Nicolas Pepe cut inside from the right flank and curled a stunning effort beyond the outstretched Sam Johnstone (35), but they had some nervy moments after that.

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Player ratings

Arsenal: Leno (6), Chambers (6), Holding (6), Gabriel (6), Saka (9), Elneny (6), Ceballos (6), Smith Rowe (7), Pepe (8), Willian (7), Martinelli (6)

Subs: Lacazette (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6)

West Brom: Johnstone (6), Furlong (6), Bartley (6), Ajayi (6), Townsend (6), Yokuslu (6), Gallagher (6), Phillips (7), Pereira (8), Robinson (7), Diagne (6)

Subs: Robson-Kanu (6), Diangana (6)

Man of the match: Bukayo Saka

 

Opta stats – West Brom’s sinking feeling

  1. West Brom have suffered their fifth relegation from the Premier League, the joint-most by a team alongside Norwich City, whilst Sam Allardyce has been relegated from the top-flight for the very first time in his managerial career.
  2. Arsenal have recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for just the second time in 2021, having previously done so back in January.
  3. Of the five relegations that West Brom have suffered from the Premier League, only in 2002-03 (4) have the Baggies had their relegation confirmed with more games remaining than this season (3).
  4. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 30 Premier League home games against promoted (W25 D5), with their last such defeat coming back in November 2010 against Newcastle.
  5. West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has failed to pick up a single point in his 10 Premier League trips to the Emirates Stadium, with only Harry Redknapp at Old Trafford (15 visits) managing more matches at a single venue without managing to earn at least one point in the competition.
  6. Bukayo Saka’s assist for Emile Smith Rowe’s opening goal was his 19th in the colour of Arsenal since making his debut in November 2018, more than any other player at the club.
  7. Emile Smith Rowe is the fourth player aged 21 or under to score for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (along with Saka, Martinelli and Nketiah) – no team have had more different U21 scorers in the competition this term.
  8. Matheus Pereira is the first West Bromwich Albion player to reach 10 goals in a Premier League campaign since Saido Berahino managed 14 goals back in 2014-15.

Arsenal are back in action on Wednesday when they travel across London to face Chelsea, live on Sky Sports; kick off 8.15pm.

Meanwhile, West Brom face Liverpool next Sunday, also live on Sky Sports; kick off 4.30pm.

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Manchester United once again fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, meaning Manchester City must wait to be crowned Premier League champions.

City still need three points themselves, or for United to drop three points, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team made it 31 points from losing positions, the most of any Premier League side.

Villa took the lead midway through the first half as Bertrand Traore turned and produced a fine effort into the top corner (24), though questions will be asked of Victor Lindelof’s defending.

Player ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (6), Konsa (7), Mings (5), Targett (6), Luiz (4), McGinn (6), Barkley (4), Traore (6), El Ghazi (5), Watkins (5)

Subs: Ramsey (5), Davis (NA), Wesley (NA)

Man Utd: Henderson (6), Wan-Bissaka (7), Maguire (6), Lindelof (5), Shaw (7), Pogba (7), Fred (6), McTominay (6), Fernandes (6), Rashford (6), Greenwood (7)

Subs: Cavani (7), Bailly (NA), Matic (NA)

Man of the match: Luke Shaw

Opta stats – United the comeback kings

  1. Manchester United have won 10 Premier League matches after conceding first this season, a record by a team in a single season in the competition. They have also recovered 31 points from losing positions, with only Newcastle United in 2001-02 recovering more in a single Premier League season (34).
  2. Maguire was substituted in the second half, ending a run of 71 consecutive Premier League matches for Manchester United in which he completed 90 minutes. This is the joint-longest such run, alongside Gary Pallister between 1993 and 1995.
  3. Edinson Cavani netted his fifth Premier League goal as a substitute this season, equaling the record in a single season for Manchester United, alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1998-99 and Javier Hernandez in 2010-11.

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What’s next?

Man Utd’s hectic schedule continues with a home fixture against Leicester on Tuesday at 6pm, before hosting Liverpool in their rearranged fixture on Thursday at 8.15pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Aston Villa host Everton on Thursday night at 6pm, before going to Crystal Palace at midday on Sunday, both live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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