Brighton face Chelsea in the English Premier League on Monday. Neither team were solid defensively towards the end of last season, with Chelsea’s host of attacking signings eager to impress we could be in for a high scoring match at the Amex.
Brighton won two of their first four matches after the restart, a 3-2 home win against Arsenal and a 1-0 win at Norwich to move clear of the relegation zone. With safety almost secured they then went four games without a win including losing 3-1 to Liverpool and 5-0 to Manchester City at home and drawing twice, 1-1 at Southampton and 0-0 at home to Newcastle. In Brighton’s last match, they defeated Burnley 2-1 away from home as Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly scored the goals. Brighton’s Davy Propper is a doubt in midfield for whilst winger Jose Izquierdo is out with a knee injury. There could be debuts for new signings Joel Veltman in defence and Adam Lallana in midfield.
Chelsea finished the last Premier League season by beating Wolves 2-0 at home to secure a fourth-placed finish as Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud scored the goals. In their last two matches, Chelsea lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final and 4-1 away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Centre-back and new signing Thiago Silva will miss Chelsea’s opener as will fellow arrivals, left-back Ben Chillwell and winger Hakim Ziyech. Mateo Kovacic is suspended in midfield but Christian Pulisic is fit to feature on the wing. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz could make their debuts in attacking areas after signing for Chelsea.
Brighton could use a 3-4-2-1 formation after the return of Ben White from his loan at Leeds so Chelsea could be tempted to match up to Graham Potter’s side with a back three of their own.
PREDICTION : CHELSEA TO WIN 1-3
ACCUMULATOR TIP : CHELSEA WIN EITHER HALF
SINGLE TIP : OVER 2.5 FT GOALS
ANYTIME GOALSCORER : CHRISTIAN PULISIC