CHELSEA fans are protesting outside Stamford Bridge ahead of their Premier League clash with Brighton.
Blues supporters have taken to the streets to voice their displeasure at the clubs ambition of joining the European Super League.
- Kick-off time: 8pm BST
- TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League
- Live stream: Sky Go/NOW TV
- Chelsea XI: To follow
- Brighton XI: To follow
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What is the team news?
Chelsea will be without both Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen again for their clash with Brighton.
Thiago Silva was hauled off injured in the FA Cup win over Manchester City at the weekend so could be replaced by Kurt Zouma.
Edouard Mendy, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are all expected to start from the off for the Blues.
Dan Burn and Adam Webster are both fit for the Seagulls and will likely be in Graham Potters' first XI.
- Sam Dymond
Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, now the club's technical and performance advisor, has attempted to talk to protesting fans outside of Stamford Bridge.
Cech reportedly 'looked shocked' by the scenes when he arrived at the ground, and so attempted to use his high status among supporters to calm them down and allow room for the players' bus to enter the stadium.
He was supposedly greeted by chants of "Petr, Petr, sort it out!" but was unable to curtail the protests, and soon left to boos.
- Sam Dymond
PROTESTS AT THE BRIDGE
Chelsea fans have gathered in large numbers outside Stamford Bridge this evening to voice their opposition to the club's proposed plans to join a European Super League.
The club's owner, Roman Abramovich, and its chairman, Bruce Buck, are those bearing the brunt of tonight's demonstrations.
- Sam Dymond
Welcome to our live coverage of Tuesday evening’s match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.
It’s a game that should have been billed as one side’s push for Champions League qualification against another hoping to secure their Premier League status.
However, developments over the past few days dictate that the proposed Super League is at the forefront of all conversations, and here we have one of England’s six greedy clubs pitted against one of the 86 that they are so willing to leave behind in the professional pyramid.
This is, of course, no fault of the Chelsea players or management, and it’s likely that we will see some form of protest this evening from the club’s supporters.
Instead, this is a move made by the money men, and one that will ensure that the richest get richer with no concern for the rest.
It’s apt that Albion are Chelsea’s first opponents after the announcement given their ascent to the Premier League from the basement division over the past 20 years.
This is a club that were on the verge of extinction and then non-league in 1997 until a Robbie Reinelt goal 28 minutes from the end of the season changed the course of history.
Since then, mobilisation, investment and endeavour have helped the once-homeless club to a state-of-the-art stadium and the top-flight. It’s the perfect example of what sporting merit can achieve.
Now, their opponents today – a club that could only muster 7,128 for a home game with Southampton in 1992 – wish to make such success unachievable and the highest echelon of the game unreachable and uncompetitive.
On the pitch, Thomas Tuchel has centre-back Andreas Christensen available again, and the Dane may feature if the German coach opts to freshen up his backline after Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final success.
The Seagulls also have defenders back after injury in Adam Webster and Dan Burn while forwards Adam Connolly and Percy Tau are in contention for a place in Graham Potter’s starting line-up.
We’ll soon bring you confirmation of tonight’s teams as well as further reaction to the proposed Super League in our build-up ahead of kick-off at 8pm.
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