Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will hope to record another win this week when they host Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Although Chelsea have produced promising displays at various stages of the season so far, they are to turn into victories, as typified during the last Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
The new Blues boss Frank Lampard got his first home win last Wednesday since taking charge. He’ll now be expecting the first league home win against Brighton, who have not won in four matches.
Most recently, Brighton saw themselves on the wrong side of the result against Aston Villa in mid-week.
Brighton’s record against the Blues will not boost their confidence either, as they have lost all four of their PL games against Chelsea, conceding 11 goals in the process.
On that note, let’s look at the team news and probable line-ups ahead of the much-awaited fixture.
Lampard saw two of his expected young stars return in the 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town on Wednesday evening. However, they face an issue over the fitness of centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Meanwhile, Full-back Emerson is ruled out until the next international break.
Olivier Giroud, who has been used sparingly so far this season, may be involved in the matchday squad.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Centre-back Shane Duffy recently joined the treatment room, as Graham Potter confirmed. Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Solly March are expected to return soon, but may not be rushed to the starting XI against chelsea.
Neal Maupay could get a go at the sharp end of the pitch, with Glenn Murray tipped to play a part off the bench as well. Leandro Trossard and full-back Bernardo remain sidelined.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Mason Mount; Tammy Abraham
Brighton and Hove Albion (3-5-1-1): Matt Ryan; Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Martin Montoya, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Aaron Mooy, Steven Alzate; Pascal Gross; Neal Maupay