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Willian
E. Hazard
82'
M. Kovačić
R. Loftus-Cheek
63'
R. Loftus-Cheek
E. Hazard
3 - 0
60'
E. Hazard
R. Loftus-Cheek
2 - 0
38'
O. Giroud
C. Hudson-Odoi
1 - 0

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Possession
68% 31%
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2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 1
Total Passes 753 350
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Chelsea host West Ham next, while Brighton have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to against Manchester City, before hosting Bournemouth in Premier League action.
There goes the full-time whistle! Chelsea cruise past Brighton thanks to goals from Giroud, Hazard and Loftus-Cheek – the latter two being particularly sweet strikes. Hudson-Odoi impressed on his first Premier League start and Hazard reminded everyone of his quality. Brighton may be starting to look nervously down at the drop. It finishes 3-0 to Chelsea!
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 3-0 BRIGHTON
90' + 2' MISS! There’s a whiff of offside as Knockaert latches onto a long ball in behind the Chelsea defence, but the flag stays down. He’s one-on-one with Kepa but pokes pitifully wide. That should be that.
90' Three minutes of added time to come. 
88' The game is petering out now as Chelsea stroke it around. Even when Brighton win the ball back they aren't breaking with any real pace or intent. 
86' Chelsea play some neat stuff through midfield and Zappacosta then takes advantage of a distracted Brighton defence – who are appealing for handball – to cross towards Giroud. It’s just about nicked away from him, however, and Brighton clear their lines.
Willian
E. Hazard
84' That miss proves to be his last action of the game, as Hazard makes way for Willian on the wing. 
83' MISS! Hudson-Odoi and Hazard swap flanks and the latter crosses to the former at the back post, but his attempted volley flies just wide of the top corner!
M. Kovačić
R. Loftus-Cheek
82' Loftus-Cheek, having scored for the second successive game, makes way now for on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Kovacic. 
80' SAVE! A relatively straightforward shot to deal with from Bernardo takes a deflection on its way through to Kepa, but the Spaniard manages to read the flight of the ball and hold on.  
78' Bernardo and Knockaert are now doubling up on the Brighton left. It looks like they may be attempting to target Chelsea substitute Zappacosta down this side. 
76' Kepa comes for a left-wing delivery and flaps at it through the crowded box, getting a weak hand to the ball. Thankfully for him, it doesn't fall to a Brighton player and he gets away with it. 
Bernardo
A. Jahanbakhsh
75' Full-back Bernardo replaces winger Jahanbakhsh in Hughton’s final change. Perhaps he is accepting that the game is lost and simply wants to stem the tide now. 
D. Zappacosta
Azpilicueta
73' Azpilicueta now makes way for Zappacosta as Sarri affords the Spaniard a rest. He hands the captain’s armband to David Luiz.
G. Murray
F. Andone
70' Murray now replaces Andone up front as Hughton looks for a response from his side. 
70' MISS! Hazard curls an inch-perfect ball into the path of Kante in the six-yard box, but it bounces just a little too high for the Frenchman and he skies it over the bar as he meets it! What a miss!
68' Bissouma concedes a free-kick for a foul on Hudson-Odoi and goes down. He's seen to by the medical team and there's a brief delay in proceedings. It looks like he will be okay to continue.
66' MISS! Loftus-Cheek looks to double his tally for the night as he picks up the same position and goes for a low drive into the near corner, but drags it well wide this time. 
E. Hazard
Assist
63' Hazard further adds to his remarkable tally of goals and assists against Brighton, as well as his contribution at Stamford Bridge. 
R. Loftus-Cheek
Goal
63' GOAL! Brighton's resistance is broken and now the floodgates have opened! Hazard turns provider for Loftus-Cheek as the pair swap roles in an almost identical move, with the Englishman firing into the top-right corner from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 to the Blues! Lovely strike! 
62' Hazard has now been directly involved in five goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Brighton, scoring four and assisting another. He has also been directly involved in 15 of Chelsea's 30 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge this season (nine goals, six assists), twice that of any other player at the club.
R. Loftus-Cheek
Assist
60' Loftus-Cheek's ball into Hazard was simple enough as they penned Brighton in, and the Belgian still had the defence to beat before finding the net. 
E. Hazard
Goal
60' GOAL!! Chelsea go 2-0 up! Hazard produces a moment of magic and Brighton are undone! He drifts in from the left and picks up the ball in a central area just outside the box. He feints to shoot, sending Dunk sliding away, before curling a lovely strike into the far corner! Chelsea really need to keep him this summer.
58' Emerson tries too much in trying to beat Bruno and the veteran right-back sees through the stepovers and wins the ball with an uncompromising challenge. The Brazilian, in attempting to atone for his error, then fouls the Brighton captain.
56' SAVE! The ball is worked back into the centre from the left and Jorginho picks out a peach of a pass for Hudson-Odoi at the back post. He gets above Bong to head at goal, but Ryan covers the angle well and hangs on! First big chance of the half. 
55' Hudson-Odoi produces a neat touch to set Azpilicueta up for a cross on the right, but it's blocked behind for a corner. The teenager then takes the set-piece, but his delivery is poor. He's seeing a lot of the ball tonight. 
53' Hazard has drifted across to the right a couple of times in this half already. Perhaps they are looking to take advantage of Knockaert’s poor defensive cover on that side by doubling up on him.
51' Hudson-Odoi is found in space on the right and curls in a cross on his weaker left foot, but it sails behind for a goal-kick. 
49' SAVE! The corner isn’t cleared out of the box and David Luiz wriggles free of his marker on the right before thumping a low ball towards the near post, but Ryan hangs on well.
48' Bissouma shows quick feet again as he skips away from a challenge and gets down the left to cross, but it's cleared away. Hazard also has a go at the defence at the other end and earns his side a corner.
46' We're back underway for the second half! 
Brighton looked to be containing Chelsea fairly well with their deep, compact shape, and a glaring Hazard miss aside, there have not been too many clear-cut chances for the hosts. Having gone behind, however, they will surely have to alter their game-plan at some point and be more aggressive. 
And there goes the half-time whistle! Chelsea have dominated the ball and probably deserve their lead, despite looking a bit laboured in possession at times. There have been bright moments from Hazard and Hudson-Odoi on the flanks in particular, and the latter’s skill saw him set up Giroud for the game’s only goal so far. Chelsea lead 1-0 at the break.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
45' CHANCE! Hazard skips away down the left and dinks a cross into the six-yard box. Nobody can get to it and it finds the onrushing Hudson-Odoi on the right of the area, but as he tries to strike it first-time, he completely misses the ball and ends up on the deck! Probably not what he was intending.
43' BLOCK! The centre-back's effort clips off the top of the wall and flies behind for a corner. The delivery is dealt with comfortably and Chelsea recycle possession. 
41' Hazard is brought down by Stephens in a dangerous area. David Luiz stands over the free-kick menacingly. 
C. Hudson-Odoi
Assist
38' Hudson-Odoi rewards his manager's faith on his first Premier League start, and he's had Knockaert's number ever since the Frenchman replaced March. 
O. Giroud
Goal
38' GOAL!! It’s 1-0 to Chelsea! Knockaert is again beaten too easily by Hudson-Odoi and the teenager fizzes in a low cross to the near post, where Giroud arrives to squeeze the ball in from very close range! Chelsea lead! 
37' MISS! The clearest chance of the game goes begging, and it's Hazard who is the offender! It's stood up for Giroud in the box and he heads down for Hazard, unmarked, in the centre of the box. He lashes it at goal first-time on the bounce with his left, but sends it straight over the bar! 
35' CHANCE! Bruno's long throw is half-cleared and Bissouma shows incredible skill to beat first Hudson-Odoi and then Azpilicueta before cutting back from the byline, but nobody can divert it goalwards! Outstanding feet from the midfielder, though!
33' MISS! Hudson-Odoi takes substitute Knockaert on and beats him down the flank before standing a cross up to the near post from the byline. Azpilicueta rises to meet it but heads wastefully over the top of the bar. Poor effort from the Spaniard. 
A. Knockaert
S. March
31' That change is now made, with Knockaert taking the unfortunate March's place out wide.
30' March has hit the deck and is currently being treated. It looks like he will have to be replaced. It’s possible he sustained the injury while tussling for the ball with Azpilicueta a couple of minutes ago.
29' BLOCK! A cute flick from Hazard sets Hudson-Odoi up on the right and he crosses low into Giroud, but the Frenchman finds two bodies in the way of his first-time shot! 
27' MISS! Azpilicueta lofts in a cross from the right and Giroud rises highest to meet it, but he's always stretching for it and can only skew his header wide of the target. 
26' Chelsea are still probing, but Brighton have now retreated into a deep, compact defensive shape and the Blues aren’t moving the ball quick enough to open up gaps.
24' Hazard goes on one of his trademark slaloming runs down the left, but is eased off the ball as he reaches the byline and it eventually goes out for a goal-kick. 
23' Brighton have tried to have a bit more of a go at Chelsea after simply soaking up pressure in the first quarter of an hour, but have yet to test Kepa. 
21' Chelsea still dominating the ball, but the game is lacking a bit of energy at the moment. A little bit pedestrian from the hosts so far.
19' MISS! Jahanbakhsh swings in a delightful cross for the late-arriving March at the back post, but he can only find the side-netting from a tight angle! Better from Brighton.
17' BLOCK! Jorginho lofts a first-time ball into Giroud in the box from deep and the striker - with his back to goal - controls on his chest and tries to lash a volley in on the swivel, but it’s blocked well!
15' NO PENALTY! A lovely, sweeping move from Chelsea featuring a lot of quick interchanges on the right sees Kante released into the box, and he goes down under pressure from Bong. The referee waves play on, though, and Azpilicueta slices an awkward effort straight out of play.
13' Hazard slips Emerson in on the overlap and the left-back swings in an enticing cross, but nobody gambles on it at the back post and Brighton escape.
12' MISS! Giroud meets Hazard’s corner from the left inside the six-yard box but can only send it high over the bar under pressure.
11' BLOCK! The first real chance of the game falls Chelsea's way! Kante plays Hudson-Odoi in on the right and he cuts inside before curling one towards the far corner. Duffy gets in the way superbly, however, to send the ball over the top of the bar for a corner!
9' Andone's movement has been good in the opening stages, but he's flagged offside as he chases down a long ball into the corner with Azpilicueta.
7' Hudson-Odoi receives a short corner square on the byline from Hazard and returns it immediately, but the Belgian's low delivery is easily cleared behind. The second corner is defended well and Brighton get out.
5' Andone has been drifting out to the Brighton right and this time earns a foul after being pulled down by David Luiz. The free-kick comes to nothing, however.
3' Chelsea dominating the ball as expected early on. David Luiz tries a spectacular ball over the top for the run of Kante but it's a little too long and Ryan collects.
1' We're off at Stamford Bridge! 
Brighton won their last away Premier League game (2-1 against Crystal Palace) but haven't won consecutive league games on the road since November 2017. They have lost all nine of their Premier League trips to 'top six' sides, scoring just two goals in those matches and have lost all four of their away games against Chelsea in all competitions, failing to score each time.
The Blues will be confident, having lost just one Premier League home game so far this season (against Leicester), with six clean sheets in their last nine at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will look to maintain their perfect record, having won all seven of their league games against Brighton - only Wimbledon against Bournemouth (8/8) have a better 100% win record against an opponent in English Football League history.
Meanwhile, Brighton boss Chris Hughton makes four changes as he keeps one eye on the weekend's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City. Murray, Knockaert and Bernardo all drop to the bench, while Montoya is left out of the squad. Andone overcomes a thigh complaint to start alongside March, Bruno and Bong, but Pascal Gross remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.
Maurizio Sarri makes a whopping seven changes as he rotates his Chelsea team following their fortunate 2-1 win over Cardiff City last time out. Hudson-Odoi is handed a first Premier League start, while rested duo Hazard and Kante return. Match-winner Loftus-Cheek is rewarded for his goal and is joined by Christensen, Emerson and Giroud in the line-up. Marcos Alonso is out with a hamstring issue.
Brighton substitutes: David Button, Anthony Knockaert, Jose Izquierdo, Glenn Murray, Dan Burn, Bernardo, Beram Kayal
Brighton XI (4-5-1): Mat Ryan; Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Gaetan Bong; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Yves Bissouma, Solly March; Florin Andone
Chelsea substitutes: Willy Caballero, Mateo Kovacic, Willian, Gonzalo Higuain, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta, Ross Barkley
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard
The line-ups have been announced and we'll start with the home side. 
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