Chelsea’s poor Premier League form continued on Saturday when they were defeated by Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had just lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek. Frank Lampard’s men, who had taken the lead, were defeated 1-2 by Brighton.
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Brighton’s first victory at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea’s second league defeat in a row.
Chelsea’s winless streak now stands at six games, prompting boos at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard named a much-changed team with the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday in mind.
Conor Gallagher ended the Blues’ 600-minute goal drought when his shot deflected in off Lewis Dunk after only 13 minutes.
However, Brighton were completely dominant after that and should have won by more than one goal based on their 26 shots on goal.
Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score the equaliser just before half-time.
Julio Enciso, a Paraguayan teenager, then won the game with a thunderbolt into the top corner 21 minutes from time.
Brighton are now seven points behind the top four, but they have a game in hand over Newcastle, who they also face at St. James’ Park.
At the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace and Wolves joined Bournemouth in closing in on safety, but Everton suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Fulham.
Southampton are facing relegation after Eberechi Eze scored twice for Palace in a 2-0 win at St. Mary’s, the Eagles’ third consecutive victory since Roy Hodgson returned as manager.
Wolves are seven points clear of the drop zone after they beat Brentford 2-0 thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Hwang Hee-chan.
Everton remain outside the relegation zone only on goal difference after goals from Harrison Reed, Harry Wilson and Dan James snapped Fulham’s five-game losing run.
In the race for the title, Manchester City can close the gap on Arsenal to three points when they host Leicester later at the Etihad as the defending champions look to extend their winning run to 10 games.