Chelsea kick their 2020/21 Premier League campaign off with an away trip to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton in a Monday night encounter.
The Blues have had a tremendous pre-season in terms of recruitment and they are in the process of removing unneeded players all while securing deals to bring world class stars to Stamford Bridge.
Now all that is left is to see how manager Frank Lampard can make the new signings a part of his squad and whether the players can subsequently get comfortable with the tactical setup at Stamford Bridge.
Brighton, meanwhile, shed more players than they have signed, with their new arrivals also being shrewd transfer rather than high-profile stars. The club exclaims to now focus on developing their own stars and have a few interesting youngsters that might make into the first-team this season, if not against the Blues.
The Seagulls have bought Adam Lallana on a free transfer from Liverpool while Ben White has returned from his loan at Leeds United.
The two teams met during the pre-season, with the fixtures ending in a 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium. As the two teams begin to open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign, Sportarena take a closer look at the two squads.
Team News & Tactics
Brighton are going to new campaign with full fit squad and Graham Potter is likely to have fresh faces in the back-line lining up against Chelsea.
Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will retain his place in goal for the Seagulls while Ben White is likely to be given start alongside Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster in back-line.
Joel Veltman could be on the right-back for Graham Potter’s side while Bernardo covering the left options.
New signing Adam Lallana could pair up with Davy Propper in midfield to provide the creative push needed while Alireza Jahanbakah stationed on the right, Leandro Trossard on the left and Neal Maupay as the centre-forward.
Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Ryan; White, Dunk, Webster; Veltman, Lallana, Propper, Bernardo; Jahanbaksh, Maupay, Trossard
Frank Lampard has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are ruled out their first game of 2020-21 campaign against Brighton but Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azipilicueta will be in contention for tonight game.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to retain his place in goal for Blues as they yet complete the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma are likely to start alongside Cesar Azipilicueta and Macros Alonso in Blues back-line on Monday night.
In midfield, Frank Lampard is likely to handed Kai Havertz his debut, with play alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Mateo Kovacic, is not available for this game after received an early shower in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
Christian Pulisic is likely to made starting XI against Brighton after impressive during Blues preparations for Brighton clash.
The 21-year-old suffered hamstring injured in FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal but he now full fit ahead of next campaign. We should ideally see Timo Werner start upfront, with three attackers supporting the German international.
Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz should fill up the wide positions in absence of Ziyech, with Mason Mount deployed in the void.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Havertz, Mount, Pulisic; Werner.
- Chelsea are undefeated in their last 7 matches against Brighton in all competitions.
- Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet for 10 Premier League games in a row now.
- Chelsea have conceded 14 goals in their last five away Premier League games.
- Brighton were one of the worst performing home sides in the 2019-20 Premier League, netting just 22 points in 19 home games last season.
- Brighton have failed to score in just one of their last five home Premier League games against Chelsea.
The player that all Chelsea supporters are eager to watch is striker Timo Werner. The German comes with big expectations as he shone at his previous club, RB Leipzig.
The 24-year-old will most likely start as the central striker for the Blues tonight, and could try to exploit the gaps in the Brighton defence with his pace and dribbling ability.
Timo Werner will most likely be up against a three-man central defence, which will be a stern test for him on Monday evening. However, Brighton will not sit back and will try to play out from the back, so Werner will have his openings.