Last year's losing finalists drew 0-0 in the initial tie. Tomorrow he's in the squad. The reigning champions have scored just three goals in their past five games, and without two of their first choice players in the front third, their barren run may well continue. They find themselves in the 16th spot with 23 points - only three points clear of the relegation zone. In addition to that, I also like the bet for both teams not to score since I don't think Brighton have what it takes to score against Chelsea.
Both Pedro and Morata are suspended for this match while doubts hang over whether Gary Cahill (hamstring) and Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) can recover in time to start this weekend.
While Brighton have one of only two Premier League defences yet to produce a goal between them this season, the centre-back partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy has been lavished with praise for several months now.
The Seagulls have only one injury-absence in Steve Sidwell. With his side looking for their first league win since before Christmas, Hazard is now rested and ready for action which could quite likely spell trouble for Chris Hughton's side. There is a good aspect as we are unbeaten for many games.
After just one win in 12 league games, the manager admits the onus is on his side to improve their form at home.
What this all hid, however, is the fact three Chelsea players were booked in this game for simulation.
Pedro then received his second yellow card of the evening for a reckless challenge, before substitute Alvaro Morata was remarkably shown two yellows in the space of a minute; given his marching orders for diving in the penalty area and then protesting about the decision.
Other players who are linked with the London club, according to the various reports, include Arthur, Lucas Moura, Mauro Icardi, Jack Butland, Jean Michael Seri, Domenico Berardi and Saul Niguez.
"The Chelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" Daily MailChelsea-consider-shock-loan-Peter-Crouch.html" says the Blues are keeping an eye on Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, despite his lack of goals in the Premier League this season.
However, they have been defeated in all six league matches this season against the current top six, scoring once.