Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Brighton & Hove Albion


With six new signings (and perhaps still more to come) Chelsea manager Frank Lampard definitely realizes that the stakes have been raised in 20/21.

“I’m very aware that a club like Chelsea, even though we had a transfer ban, even though the year was difficult, expectations are going to go up hugely,” the second year Blues boss said. “And I just have to accept that as part of the job, and try and go about my job as well as I can.”

“And then if I am having relationships, between managing up [to the board] or managing around me, I have to be as good as I can with those, because they’re really important.”

With over two hundred pounds spent on acquiring new players in 2020, the honeymoon is over for Lampard. He needs to produce trophies now, and the quest begins with the season opener at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea at Brighton FYIs

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Kickoff: 3:15 pm ET Monday Sept 14

TV: in USA, N/A  Online: Stream via Peacock

Odds: Chelsea -160, draw +320, Brighton +400

With Mateo Kovacic suspended, and Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech out injured and Thiago Silva not yet fully integreated into the team, Lampard will have fewer selection options than usual.

Here’s a link to a piece we did early in the summer, looking at what the shape of Lampard’s attack might be once he has all transfer targets acquired and players healthy.

However, the club’s new record transfer fee signing, Kai Havertz will be in the team, as will Christian Pulisic, who’s recovered much faster than expected from a hamstring injury.

He’s also going to be sporting a new shirt number this season.

Predicted Lineup for Chelsea 4-3-3 vs Brighton & Hove Albion:

Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Mount; Havertz, Pulisic, Werner

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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  1. Oyekunle Ibrahim says

    That defence line is horrible

  2. Very bad

  3. I expect a special lineup for Chelsea so we could score like 10 goals



  5. If the mid field will do the needful we should not be worried about the center back

  6. Isaya mukolongolo says

    Lampard must b sure with his team

  7. Aaa now lambard b sirs

  8. Toyyib Adekunle says

    It’s risky

  9. bad squad

  10. Chelsea must win like, 5-0. To go top pf league.

  11. Simon kitema says

    Defence maybe a big problem

  12. Am not sure whether the defense will help us. Christensen.

  13. Front three and midfield must be strong as I suggest CHO,Timo Werner and pulisic to be front line men

  14. It a nice line up buh i pray chelsea deliver

  15. Christensen should be out

  16. I think our defence is de problem

  17. i pray dat almighty allah would let us win dis game tommorrow

  18. Exciting frontline & as usual terrible backline. I predict BRT 2 – 3 CHE

  19. The starting of this EPL is serious.if we loss first game our team will be sang all around.4-0 at least.

  20. Hmmmmm, this defence line up is too poor oo, well I just pray Chelsea comes out victorious

  21. Fack off where is Silva and chilwel stop jorking larmpad

  22. (4)-(0)l pray to God but larmpad is jorking

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