The Premier League is back! Chelsea kick start their campaign at the Amex stadium, facing Brighton & Hove Albion. Chelsea haven’t lost at this stadium since 2012, winning 2 and drawing 2. A win in your first game of the season is always ideal and Frank Lampard surely wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity, after creating such a positive atmosphere at the club
in the last few months. So let’s take a look at what to expect from the boys on Monday.

Predicted Line-up
4-2-3-1

Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Werner, Havertz, Mount, Giroud

This was a tough one, but considering all the players we have available, a 4-2-3-1 set up might get the best out of many players. If the reports are to be believed, Chelsea are about to secure the signature of Edouard Mendy. In belief that he’ll be a Chelsea player soon, he’d be our choice to start in goal for the first game of the season. The back four, consisting of Azpilicueta at left back (because Chilwell is injured), a centre back pairing of new boy Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma (depending if Silva is match fit) and Reece James at right back should be solid enough for an away trip to Brighton.

A midfield pivot of Jorginho and Kante is a call. Jorginho has had his critics these past few months and there are even rumours of him leaving the club, but there are no concrete talks yet and he’s the best man to play a sitting role alongside N’Golo Kante, who always thrives in a midfield pivot. Coming to the attack, Kai Havertz is reportedly set to make his debut on Monday. He can play virtually every position in the attacking areas, however, it is the number 10 position which is considered his best. He’ll have the freedom to make things happen in the final third from the centre and will also be very useful as a second striker. Alongside him on the right will be Mason Mount, whose presence will allow these two to interchange positions if the game demands it. Timo Werner is also in line to make his Premier League debut. Playing as a wide forward is his preferred position, and he’ll be the perfect man to play off the man up top, who in my opinion should be Olivier Giroud.

Recent reports say that Christian Pulisic has recovered from the injury he suffered in the FA Cup final and will be available for the match. Expect him to make an impact from the bench in this game rather than starting it. Callum Hudson-Odoi also makes a good case for him to be picked with his recent performance against Austria and can be a very good option for Lampard to use. Hakim Ziyech won’t be available for this game due to the knock he picked up in the pre-season game against the same opposition.

Predicted Result: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

As mentioned before, starting the season on a positive note is always a very good feeling and this is a golden opportunity for Frank Lampard to achieve it. The last two meetings with Brighton have ended in a draw and Lampard will surely be eager to get one over the seagulls. Also, given the recent history between these two sides, you have to put your money on Chelsea to see this one off. So let’s start the season with our optimism intact and
hope this will be the start of something special.

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