Chelsea are one of 12 clubs to confirm themselves as founding members of the controversial competition which could change the face of European football forever.
Thomas Tuchel faced questions over the Blues’ involvement on Monday but said he trusts the club to “make the right decisions”, while the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has attacked the club over the proposals.
Attentions will turn towards the pitch tonight as Chelsea continue their bid to qualify for the Champions League - though that aim already seems like a long time ago.
Fresh off the back of reaching the FA Cup Final, Tuchel’s side host a free-flowing Brighton outfit who are looking to secure their Premier League survival.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Brighton is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight - Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Brighton
TV channel: The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on the latter.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or SkyGO app.
Chelsea vs Brighton team news
Andreas Christensen will be fit for Chelsea. The Denmark defender has recovered from a muscle problem to be available.
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined with hamstring trouble, while defender Thiago Silva could take a seat on the bench after featuring twice last week.
Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Jorginho, Silva, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Caballero, Zouma, Mendy, Giroud, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, James, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Palmieri, Gilmour.
Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Striker Aaron Connolly could return to Brighton’s squad following a foot injury. The Republic of Ireland international has not featured since the 1-0 defeat to West Brom on February 27 but has trained freely during the past week.
Defender Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and winger Solly March (knee) remain sidelined for Albion.
Brighton provisional squad: Sanchez, Steele, White, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Burn, Karbownik, Bissouma, Gross, Lallana, Propper, Caicedo, Mac Allister, Alzate, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck, Zeqiri, Tau, Connolly.
Chelsea vs Brighton prediction
Following their FA Cup semi-final win over Man City, Chelsea should be buzzing. Tuchel has an incredibly deep squad with which to rotate, and given their record against Brighton, this should be fairly straightforward for Chelsea.
Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
Chelsea va Brighton head to head (h2h) results
Chelsea wins: 6
Brighton wins: 0
Last meeting: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea (14/09/2020)
Betting odds and tips
Chelsea to win: 8/13
Brighton to win: 5/1
Chelsea to win 2-0: 5/1
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