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STAR PREVIEW: Brighton v Chelsea

Chelsea fans and onlookers are expecting some big things from the Blues this season and they could be in for an exciting Monday night opener against Brighton.

We won’t be seeing all of Frank Lampard’s signings tonight – Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva aren’t ready for first team football yet – but both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner ought to make their Premier League debuts tonight and it’s the world’s worst kept secret that Frank Lampard’s side are happy to play on the front foot.

Havertz joins a side that found their best form towards the end of last season, as Chelsea powered to six wins from 9 games and a run to the FA Cup final to in a post-lockdown blitz, and tonight we should see the German alongside potential rival Callum Hudson-Odoi – who gets a rare chance to impress from the off – with Mason Mount looking to make an impression his first start of the new season.

We’ve seen what all those players can do post lockdown and we know that Chelsea will look to go forward, and they face a Brighton side that isn’t afraid of having the ball at its feet under Graham Potter either.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
Premier League
20:15 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-1 Chelsea
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 Brighton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-2 Chelsea
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-4 Chelsea
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Onlookers praised Brighton for an improved style of play last season and whilst 14 draws had them in a relegation struggle for brief points of the campaign, they eventually managed to pull away from danger fairly easily as three wins and three draws post restart saw them finish the season safely.

Potter has useful attacking options at his disposal, with Adam Lallana a singing of huge promise if he can refind his best form and keep fitness, whilst Pascal Gross offers creativity and some cutting edge out wide. That’s particularly important given how keen Marcos Alonso is on getting forward, and Brighton could make themselves opportunities on the counter too.

Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay can also be a handful going forward, and it’s interesting to note that both Kepa and Willy Caballero underperformed on goalkeeping metrics too last summer for a side that did concede 54 goals – the same as Brighton.

Games at the Amex don’t typically contain too many goals – only 37% of their games at the Amex had three or more last season – but that 37% contains four of their last five home games, including defeats to the Manchester clubs and Liverpool. Chelsea’s games are packed with goals – their away games averaged 4.05 goals last season – and we could see another entertaining encounter here.

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