Brighton vs Chelsea – Match Preview
The Premier League’s first Monday night offering takes us to The AMEX Stadium as Brighton play host to Chelsea and although it will be interesting to see how the hosts fare, the focus will undoubtedly be placed squarely on the visitors.
The Blues have been the most active during the summer transfer window and it has far been a case of quantity over quality, as manager Frank Lampard looks to put the recent F.A. Cup final loss to Arsenal behind him.
That loss highlighted the defensive work that still needs to be done at Stamford Bridge and although the former Derby County boss has got a litany of attacking talent to call upon, there was a previous sense that the starting eleven was rather top heavy.
An imbalance that would have only been increased by the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and with even more firepower to now call upon, the West London outfit certainly look a dangerous proposition going forward.
With that said, they would not get away with winning 4-3 each week and that is why the subsequent arrivals of both Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva from Leicester and PSG respectively, can be considered such shrewd business.
While although neither of these two will feature on Monday, their debuts will not be all that far away and once they are installed to Chelsea’s backline, the conversation quickly moves from top four contenders to genuine championship challengers.
A conversation that has become all the louder in the past week or so and with the addition of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, last season’s third place finishers are quickly looking like the real deal.
Of course, these new signings will have to quickly acclimatise to the Premier League and if they do not hit the ground running, Brighton and their manager Graham Potter will look to take full advantage.
The Seagulls kept their heads above the choppy waters of relegation last season and the decision to reward Potter with a brand new contract halfway through, is one that has paid dividends for the Brighton owner.
Now the challenge is to become a truly established club in the Premier League and for this to happen, Brighton will need to make sure their fourth consecutive season in the division, is not one that sees them sent back down to the EFL Championship.
Going into this game, Brighton have signed former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana and although his career is beginning to wind down, the big club experience that he has under his belt will prove invaluable.
Will it be enough to stop Chelsea at the start of the week, you would have to say perhaps not and when you look at the moneyline odds, the bookmakers have Chelsea priced at -152 for an away win – something that should be keenly considered.
If the Blues do misfire and the likes of Neal Maupay bring their shooting boots for Brighton, they may be able to squeeze something out of the game. If you are feeling brave, the draw is +320 and a home win is +415.