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Chelsea 0-0 Brighton – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Blues search for crucial win plus updates from the other 2pm games as Liverpool take on Fulham while West Ham face off against Crystal Palace

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League plus updates from the other 2pm kick-offs including Liverpool vs Fulham. 

03 Dec 202314:10, 7

Chelsea corner

The Blues are starting to find their feet in this game, with Sterling advancing into the Brighton penalty area to force a corner.

He guides a pass across the face of the goal but it is intercepted by Baleba.

The ball comes in from the right side but Brighton manage to clear!

03 Dec 202314:09

Quiet starts around the Premier League

No goals so far in any of our 2pm Premier League matches so far, and it’s also been a quiet start at West Ham.

The Irons are looking to secure their fifth straight win on the bounce this afternoon with a win against Crystal Palace!

03 Dec 202314:05, 2

Good start from Brighton

A good start from Brighton, they’ve taken possession early and have worked their way forwards to attack Chelsea.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: A flag bearer waves a Chelsea flag inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on December 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
03 Dec 202314:03

Chelsea pay their respects to former player Terry Venables

Ahead of this afternoon’s match, Chelsea have paid their tributes to their former player Terry Venables, who sadly passed away last week, aged 80.

Both teams gathered around the middle of the pitch and paid respect to the former player and manager with a round of applause.

Ahead of the match, Chelsea also played tribute to Venables in their matchday programme.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: The LED board shows a tribute to the late Terry Venables prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on December 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
03 Dec 202313:59

Here we go!

We’re now just moments away from kick-off! The players are about to make their way on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge so stay with us as we’ll have all the latest news and updates from this afternoon’s 2pm kick-offs.

Here’s a reminder of today’s 2pm kick-offs:

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Chelsea v Fulham

Liverpool v Fulham

West Ham v Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Chelsea warms up prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on December 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
03 Dec 202313:53

Cole Palmer OUT of Chelsea’s starting XI

Palmer was not named in Chelsea’s starting eleven for today’s match after having picked up a knock in midweek.

Despite that, he’ll start on the bench today, after having a stand out season so far for Chelsea, while also making his senior international debut for England.

The 21-year-old has had a busy couple of months since joining Chelsea from Man City in the summer and considering how good he’s been for the Blues, should the Treble winners have sold him?

03 Dec 202313:48

Klopp lauds Fulham star as one of the ‘greatest in Premier League history’

Ahead of their crunch Premier League meeting against Fulham this afternoon, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lauded one Fulham star. as ‘the greatest players the Premier League ever saw’.

He added on Fulham’s manager: ‘Marco is a top manager, he’s doing a brilliant job in a strong league, I’m not saying they are overachieving but they are doing particularly well and it’s a really good football team.

‘It’s just a good football team, well set up and it makes it special, and their little stadium there, they can create a proper atmosphere and we’ve had our struggles there.’

03 Dec 202313:42

Iraola believes Villa will demand a ‘good level’ from Bournemouth

Ahead of Bournemouth’s clash against Aston Villa, Andoni Iraola belives his side will need to be on top form to beat today’s opposition.

‘I think we have been much better recently. We need a good level today because the opposition will demand it.

‘They are playing really well and have good forwards but I think we are in a good moment and have players who can damage them. I have faced Unai Emery a lot, especially as a player, and it’s going to be a tough challenge.’

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Andoni Iraola, Manager of AFC Bournemouth, applauds the fans at full-time following the team's victory in the Premier League match between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane on November 25, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
03 Dec 202313:32

Mauricio Pochettino rips into his ‘soft’ Chelsea stars

Mauricio Pochettino gave his Chelsea team the hair dryer treatment following their 4-1 defeat by Newcastle.

It was a disappointing defeat for Pochettino’s side with the manager revealing he ‘told truths’ to his players after the match.

Will his strong words give them a bit of extra motivation today?

03 Dec 202313:27

Bournemouth v Aston Villa team news

Unai Emery has made seven changes to his team that beat Legia Warsaw in the week.

Youri Tielemans, Ezri Konsa, Douglas Luiz and John McGinn are the only three players to keep their place in the starting line up.

Villa XI: Martinez, Carlos, Konsa, Luiz, McGinn, Tielemans, Watkins, Digne, Torres, Zaniolo, Bailey

Subs: Olsen, Cash, Moreno, Lenglet, Diaby, Duran, Dendoncker, Ramsey, Iroegbunam

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have brought Milos Kerkez into defence for Lloyd Kelly, who misses out due to injury.

Bournemouth XI: Neto, A Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez, L Cook, Christie, Semenyo, Kluivert, Tavernier, Solanke

Subs: Travers, Mepham, Brooks, Rothwell, Ouattara, Sinisterra, Moore, Traore, Billing

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 3: Aston Villa's John McGinn inspecting the pitch at Dean Court, home of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2023 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Horton - CameraSport via Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Unai Emery, Manager of Aston Villa, looks on during the pitch inspection prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
03 Dec 202313:20

Joel Matip reaches Premier League milestone

After joining Liverpool back in 2016, Joel Matip will today make his 150th Premier League appearance.

Speaking to Sky Sports on reaching the milestone, Matip said: ‘I didn’t know this before so thanks for this. Hopefully a few more will come.

‘Everybody likes to play as a football player and in december and january you can make the best of it.’

On today’s opponents he added: ‘Great team. We have to be there from the beginning. We cannot give them anything and hopefully it will not happen.’

03 Dec 202313:17

West Ham vs Crystal Palace team news

Jarrod Bowen returns to the starting line up for David Moyes’ side after missing their last two games with an injury sustained during the international break.

He’s not the only change to the squad, with Konstantinos Mavropanos replacing Kurt Zouma.

West Ham XI: Areola, Emerson, Aguerd, Mavropanos, Coufal, Ward-Prowse, Alvarez, Paqueta, Soucek, Kudus, Bowen.

Subs: Fabianski, Cresswell, Fornals, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Kehrer, Mubama.

Roy Hodgson has also made three changes to his side for todays match, with all of Chris Richards, Jordan Ayew and Will Hughes coming back into the side.

Crystal Palace XI: Johnstone, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Ward, Lerma, Richards, Hughes, Olise, Edouard, Ayew.

Subs: Matthews, Whitworth, Tomkins, Franca, Mateta, Clyne, Ebiowei, Ahamada, Riedewald.

03 Dec 202313:13

Liverpool vs Fulham team news

Joel Matip makes his 150th Premier League appearance today as Liverpool take on fulham.

Jurgen Klopp has made three changes from their side that drew to Man City last weekend.

Allison is oout with an injury, with Diogo Jota also absent. Caoimhín Kelleher and Luis Diaz come in to replace them. Meanwhile, Ryan Gravenberch comes in to replace Curtis Jones.

Fulham make three changes from their team that beat Wolves, Willian drops to the bench along with Tom Cairney and Timothy Castagne.

Joao Palhinha returns alongside Kenny Tete and harry Wilson.

03 Dec 202313:08

Brighton team news

Roberto De Zerbi has also made several changes to his side that played against AEK Athens in midweek.

Jaoao Pedro is omitted from the side with Ferguson set to lead the line for the Seagulls. Jan Paul van Hecke also comes into the side along with Carlos Baleba.

03 Dec 202313:04

Chelsea team news

Mauricio Pochettino has made several changes to his Chelsea teamt to take on Brighton today.

In defence Axel Disasi comes in for Marc Cucrella while Levi Colwill replaces the suspended Reece James.

Moises Caicedo comes in for Lesley Ugochukwu while Mykhailo Mudryk starts in attack in place of Conor Gallagher.

03 Dec 202312:58

Pochettino reveals he had a one-on-one meeting with Moises Caicedo

Amid his inconsistent recent form, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he had a one-one-one meeting with Moises Caicedo in a bid to help the Ecuadorian improve his form.

Pochettino said: ‘Before this press conference, he was in my office for twenty minutes. It is easy because we speak Spanish. It is a subconscious process and that is a problem – only in time can you adapt.’

Will the Ecuadorian start today? Find out in just a moment as we’ll have all the latest team news from each club coming up next!

03 Dec 202312:55

And Fulham are in the house at Anfield!

Fulham are interestingly without a win against teams who begin this weekend’s fixtures in the top half of the Premier League table.

But Liverpool will need to expect Fulham to battle right to the end, with Marco Silva’s side having scored eight of their last nine Premier League goals in the second half of games this season.

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03 Dec 202312:52

Gakopo at the double!

Cody Gakpo scored a brace of goals during Liverpool’s 4-0 win against LASK in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Reds are in decent fettle at the moment, but will be hoping for more consistency having won just two of their last five matches across all competitions.

Despite that, Liverpool will be buoyed by their 1-1 draw against Man City last weekend at the Etihad and Klopp will be looking for more of the same this afternoon.

In their past five meetings, Liverpool have only been beaten by Fulham once, with the Merseyside club winning two of those five fixtures, drawing the rest.

Fulham, meanwhile, come into this match off the back of a dramatic 3-2 win against Wolves, which saw the Cottagers be awarded a last-minute penalty by VAR – a decision which has been vehemently slammed by Wolves boss Gary O’Neil this week.

03 Dec 202312:46

A peek inside Chelsea’s dressing room…

Winless in their last two matches, Chelsea come into today’s clash at Stamford Bridge 11th in the table and needing a win.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted this week that he gave his players the hair dryer treatment after their 4-1 defeat by Newcastle, but they face an equally stern test today against Brighton.

In their last five meetings, Chelsea and Brighton have beaten eachother twice, drawing their only other game.

But the Blues have only won one of their last five league matches and trail their visitors by six points.

Roberto De Zerbi’s side, in stark contrast, haven’t lost in their last five outings.

But Brighton have suffered several injury blows this season, and will be without Ansu Fati and Tariq Lamptey for some time.

03 Dec 202312:40

Will Jarrod Bowen start today?

The West Ham forward has been out of action for the past two games after picking up a minor injury during the last international break.

We’ve just seen him walking down the side of the pitch with his West Ham team-mates and it’s a good sign that the England star could be ready to make his comeback from injury.

Bowen has been pivotal for the Irons this year, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances across all competitions.

While West Ham have won both of the games he has been absent for, they come up against a tough Crystal Palace team today, who are gunning to end a two-match losing streak.

03 Dec 202312:35

Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to our live blog for this afternoon’s Premier League matches!

We’ve got a big day of action coming up with four games kicking off at 2.00pm this afternoon.

Chelsea are hoping to undo the disappointment of their 4-1 defeat by Newcastle last week as they host Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton come into the match off the back of a good run of form, with the Seagulls having not lost in their last five outings across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also in action this afternoon as they welcome Fulham to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed a 4-0 win against LASK in midweek, while Fulham come into this match off the back of a 3-2 win against Wolves that has sparked plenty of discussions around VAR.

West Ham are also back in action this afternoon against London rivals Crystal Palace, with Jarrod Bown eyeing up a potential return from injury.

And lastly Bournemouth host high-flying Aston Villa, as the Cherries look to claim their third win on the bounce.

Stay with us as we’ll have all the latest news, reaction and commentary from this afternoon’s matches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 3: A general view inside the London Stadium during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on December 3, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images)
Key Updates

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  • Liverpool vs Fulham team news
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  • Chelsea team news

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