Chelsea will get their 2020/2021 Premier League season underway when they visit the Amex Stadium to face Brighton on Monday night.
Chelsea, under the management of Frank Lampard, have underlined their lofty aspirations for the new season by spending huge sums in the summer transfer window. The club, looking to improve on their fourth-place finish in the league last season, has spent about £200million to acquire some of the brightest prospects in Europe, bringing in six new faces to raise the level of the club.
With the amount spent and the quality of players brought in, the expectations are now high for Lampard and he must do more than just challenge for the top four this season. League winners in the 2016/2017 season, Chelsea are certainly aiming to go all the way again. Can they get off to a bright start against Brighton, though?
Brighton ended last season in 15th place and they’ll want to do better than just fight for survival this season. For a club, whose highest-ever finish in the English Premier League is 15th, getting to move to the right side of the league table will be a huge task. But they’ve got a sharp manager in Graham Potter, who’s in his second season in charge of the club, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the new campaign, starting with Chelsea on home turf.
Both teams have squared off six times in the Premier League, with Chelsea winning on five occasions. Brighton, though, secured a 1-1 draw in their last league game, in January this year.
But Chelsea look an exciting side going into the season, given their new signings. They have bolstered their attack with the likes of Timo Werner, who scored 28 Bundesliga goals last season for RB Leipzig, and Kai Havertz, who was brought in for £71million. The team has the look of an attack-minded side and Brighton may not be able to hold them off.
Chelsea should be good enough to continue their dominance over the Seagulls.
Brighton: Neal Maupay, who scored 10 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, is likely to lead the team in attack, while Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster are expected to line up in defense.
Chelsea: Lampard confirmed that three new signings (Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, and Thiago Silva) will not be available for Monday’s match. Ziyech is out with a knee injury. Chilwell lacks full fitness, and Silva hasn’t trained with the squad yet.
Meanwhile, Billy Gilmour is still out injured and will be so for a few more months. Christian Pulisic is back from injury and will be available as well as team captain, Cesar Azpilicueta. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are expected to make their official debuts.
Aside the confidence that their superior head-to-head brings, Chelsea also boast solid talents and a freshened-up squad. They should be able to give Brighton enough trouble on Monday night and secure all three points.