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Chelsea v Brighton (LC) Wed 27th Sep 2023 19:45 GMT

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36 minutes ago, PloKoon13 said:

Broja and Washington need minutes in this, unless we intend to start Sterling [presumably] as false nine against Fulham.

No way can Broja be asked to start, and play most of the game, so soon.

Jackson has shown himself to be immature with how he has picked up these 5 completely unnecessary yellow cards. 

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8 hours ago, axman2526 said:

On popular opinion I am reading is we need out of the cups to focus on surviving this season.

I think we need to stay in the cups and try and build some form of...well form.

100%. We need wins. Any extra games we can have to develop some sort of form or cohesion in the squad are vital. I don't even think we should be rotating in the way you would expect for the cup. Only rotation should be to try something new we expect to use in the league e.g playing well.

Sadly for those (Very) youngsters on the periphery that may normally have been given some game time in the cup, I can't see it being on the cards this year.

My main hope is that we may get a look at a back 4 without Silva. I'm in no way saying he is solely responsible for our form, but we're at a point where we need to see how we defend without him. He'll be one that could do without 2 games a week so hopefully we see Colwill back in the middle and a natural LB playing.

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11 minutes ago, forbzy said:

Pretty sure Gusto's 3 match ban is in the Premier League games against Fulham, Burnley and Arsenal. So he will likely start against Brighton.

Ah OK. I thought it applied to all domestic games. Not sure why I thought that ... maybe it was the "old" rule before the PL took over, in which case I am stuck in 1991/92 LOL

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2 hours ago, Gonoir Beniashile said:


Gusto - Disasi - Colwill - Chilwell

         Caicedo - Fernandez

    Sterling - Palmer - Mudryk



That looks like a decent lineup. I'd go with that too. Rest Thiago, and play Chilwell in his natural position. Broja with some more minutes from the bench too, which will help him prepare for a probably start against Fulham.

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Silva has to be rested, asking him to play 3 games a week is asking too much.

Otherwise no sure how Poch should approach this.

Brighton are levels above us, if they have an off day we have a chance, like when they payed West Ham. If it is the Brighton who is crushing everyone then is a long game ahead for those watching.

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