Chelsea start their most highly anticipated Premier League campaign in a long time Monday. The Blues will make a trip to face Brighton. Chelsea are reloaded with new signings and expected to win this one comfortably against a team expected to battle relegation. With a bunch of new players, included two on defense, are the Blues ready to roll or is that cohesion going to take some time? We may find out after 90 minutes here.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Monday, Sept. 14
- Time: 3:15 p.m. ET
- Location: The American Express Community Stadium — East Sussex, England
- TV: None
- Live stream: Peacock
- Odds: Chelsea -160; Draw +305; Brighton +440 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Chelsea: The Blues have reloaded in attack, Christian Pulisic is expected to play after his quick return from a hamstring injury, and the sky is really the limit for Frank Lampard’s team. With so many new pieces, it will be interesting to see if they gel well. The key will be balls out wide and playing low crosses into the box.
Brighton: A club that looks potentially destined to be relegated, these games against the big boys are where a draw could be the difference at the end of the season. Expect for the hosts to play cautious, aim to get their best chances on the counter or set pieces and for them to keep it close early. But it feels like they are going to need to some good fortune to keep this one close.
Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner score in an easy victory. Pick: Chelsea 3, Brighton 0
Brighton v Chelsea: Date and kick-off time
This match will be held at the AMEX on Monday, September 14 and will kick-off at 8:15pm.
These two drew 1-1 on the south coast last season with Alireza Jahanbakhsh cancelling out Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener.
Brighton v Chelsea: TV channel and live stream
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 8pm.
It follows their coverage of Sheffield United v Wolves which kicks off at 6pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
Brighton v Chelsea: Match stats and facts
- Brighton have failed to win any of their six Premier League encounters with Chelsea, losing five times and scoring just two goals in the process (D1).
- Chelsea have never lost against Brighton in league competition, winning nine and drawing one. The Blues have faced Brighton more times without ever losing than they have against any other side in their league history.
- Chelsea have lost two of their last three season openers in the Premier League (W1), this after going 18 consecutive campaigns without defeat on the opening matchday between 1999-00 and 2016-17.
- This is the third time Chelsea are starting a Premier League campaign on a Monday, with the Blues going on to win the title on the previous two occasions (2014-15 and 2016-17).
- Brighton have won just three of their 18 Premier League matches in 2020 (D9 L6), the fewest of any current side.
- Chelsea shipped 54 Premier League goals last season, their most in a season since 1996-97 (55) and their tally of just nine clean sheets was their joint-lowest ever in a Premier League campaign, along with 1996-97 and 2015-16.
- In Premier League history, Chelsea have earned 1997 points (W578 D263 L235) – their next victory will see them become the third team to earn 2000 points in the competition, after Manchester United (2234) and Arsenal (2011).
- Brighton haven’t lost a league game on a Monday since April 2015 (0-1 v Rotherham), winning four and drawing six since. All five of the Seagulls’ Premier League games played on Mondays have ended level.
- New Chelsea signing Timo Werner scored 28 league goals for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season, the fourth-most in Europe’s top five leagues behind only Ciro Immobile (36), Robert Lewandowski (34) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31).
- Brighton’s new signing Adam Lallana will be looking for his first Premier League start since December 2019. Chelsea are the side the midfielder has faced the most in the Premier League without registering a single goal or assist (9 appearances).
There are debuts for our two new German internationals, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Three of our other new signings, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, are not available for this game and Mateo Kovacic is suspended.
Cesar Azpilicueta does not start so Jorginho takes the captain’s armband. He is joined in midfield by N’Golo Kante and there are also places for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. Christian Pulisic, recently back in training after his hamsting injury, is not involved today.
Brighton include new signing Adam Lallana and Chelsea youth product Tariq Lamptey, who joined them in January, is in their defence.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are the centre-backs.
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho (c), Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Werner, Havertz.
Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Abraham.
Brighton: Ryan; Lamptey, Webster, Dunk (c), White, March, Bissouma, Alzate, Lallana, Trossard, Maupay.
Subs: Steele, Stephens, Burn, Connolly, Gross, Veltman, Jahanbakhsh.
The referee is Craig Pawson.
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