The match will take place on Monday by 8:15 pm Nigerian time. It will be played behind closed doors in the Falmer stadium which is Brighton’s home ground because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking of coronavirus, the plan to allow fans enter the Premier League stadiums in October has been put under review by the UK government after they noticed a rise in the rate of spread of the virus in England.
What a window! This is clearly a statement of intent from the Blues. This summer the Blues are by far the most active club in the transfer market among European clubs and have consequently spent more than any other club.
The west London club have backed Frank Lampard more than any other manager they’ve had in recent years and have solved most of the problems that plagued the team in the last campaign.
Chelsea potentially have five players that could be making their official Premier League debut on Monday but realistically only Timo Werner and Kai Havertz would likely be available for selection on Monday.
Hakim Ziyech is still in the process of recovering from a knee injury suffered in the friendly against Brighton, Ben Chilwell is also recovering from a heel injury suffered while with Leicester while Thiago Silva have not trained with Chelsea after just arriving in London.
One of the potential debutants, Timo Werner already have a goal for Chelsea against Monday night’s opponent. The German international scored Chelsea’s only goal in the 1-1 draw with Brighton, in a friendly match that was played just before the international break. So he would be full of confidence going into this game.
It’s not all bad for Chelsea in terms of injuries, the Blues have welcomed back Christian Pulisic from injury. The USMNT star had a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final against Arsenal but he has been seen training with the rest of the squad and he’s now in contention to start against Brighton.
Pulisic was one of Chelsea’s best performers last season. His ability to dribble past players, set up his teammates and score himself will be key for Chelsea this season. If he starts on Monday against the Seagulls, he could comfortably shoulder the burden of creating chances and scoring goals with new signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
This will be Brighton’s fourth season in the Premier League since the Seagulls were promoted in 2016/17 Season. After finishing 15th in the league last season, their main aim for this campaign should be to not get involved in the fight for survival. With the experience they now have they should be targeting a comfortable mid-table finish or even a top 10 finish although that is easier said than done.
In all the competitive meetings between both sides, Brighton are yet to beat Chelsea. So for this game they will be hoping to put an end to that run, having already played Chelsea in a friendly and avoided defeat, that should surely be a confidence booster for them.
Michael Owen prediction
Michael Owen is of the opinion that Chelsea will not struggle in this game as he expects the Blues to get the job done quite comfortably.
Writing about the game he said: “I am so excited about watching their progress this season and I think they could provide a real challenge to the pre-season favourites of Liverpool and Manchester City.
“It’s hard to see beyond a comprehensive victory for Frank Lampard’s Blues in this one and I’m going for a 3-1 win to Chelsea.”
The target for Lampard will be to get all the players he just brought in to settle in quickly and adapt to the Premier League. If he is able to do that, then Chelsea might be title contenders this season.
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