On Wednesday evening, Chelsea FC produced a performance that Blues’ fans haven’t seen a while. They beat Grimsby Town 7-1 at Stamford Bridge including goals from the returning Reece James, and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Chelsea managed to run havoc on Grimsby with their talented youth players and finally show the world what their academy is capable of. With an uplifting performance, Chelsea gave Frank Lampard his first win at the Bridge. Chelsea return to the Premier League this Saturday where they host Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton have just come off from a 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa in the cup tie. They made 11 changes to the side and Brighton manager, Graham Potter, used seven academy players with their young lineup having an average age of 21. Throughout the match, Brighton were pretty much outmatched although Hayden Roberts, 17, managed to a get a goal back and give some hope to The Seagulls. The match was pretty much sealed after substitute, Jack Grealish, sealed the game with a goal in the 77th minute.
On their last Premier League game vs Newcastle United, Neal Maupay, their leading scorer, looked threatening with darting runs behind the defence. The Seagulls outclassed The Toon throughout the whole match and should’ve come out with the three points with the chances they produced throughout the game. Brighton tore Newcastle’s defence apart pretty easily with swift passes from their midfield and creating quick one twos with their attacking players, especially from Pascal Gross and the talented Australian Aaron Mooy.
After a disappointing result against Liverpool this past weekend, Chelsea will walk into this game the favorites but will look to seal their first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are 2-2-2 this season and are 11th in the table after 6 games. Abraham is their leading scorer with 7 goals and will sure enough look to score against this feisty Brighton side. Chelsea will have to be compact because Brighton like to play between the lines and attack the spaces. Aaron Mooy and Davy Pröpper took advantage of the disorganised Newcastle midfield but Brighton could not convert any of the chances into goals. Liverpool were on the back foot in the second half and Chelsea attack created several chances to tie the game but their final execution once again was lacking. Their only goal came from a beautiful play from N’Golo Kanté. It’s safe to say they will have to put their finishing boots in order to seal this game early as Brighton are no slouch of a team. A 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3 could be the lineup we see on Saturday. The back line will need a solid game in order to neutralise the runs from Brighton attack and get their first clean sheet of the season.
Toni Rudiger remains out with a groin issue, with a return date not yet known, while Christensen should be fit and included in the squad. Emerson will return after the International break, so Alonso will likely continue his run in the side. Olivier Giroud is also back available for selection after a bug this week. Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be included in the squad, with their recent injury history being taken into account as to how much they feature.
Chelsea vs Brighton
28th September 2019
Kick off: 3:00 pm UK time