Can Kai Harvetz Lead the Blues to Victory? Chelsea Confirmed Squad Vs Brighton, Team News & Predicted XI

Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea do battle at the Amex Stadium on Monday evening with both clubs looking for improved Premier League campaigns.

The blues secured Champions League qualification on the final day of 2019/20 Campaign and their Transfer activities during the window means they could be in contention for Silverware this season.

 

Brighton on the other hand finished 15th in the Premier League and will surely be looking to improve on their last season campaign.

Lampard will be aware that picking up three points on Monday night will serve as a huge momentum boost going into the new season given Arsenal and Liverpool got off to a winning start in their yesterday Premier League games.

All eyes will be on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner after they netted 52 goals between them for Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig during the last campaign.

Harvetz and Werner are expected to provide a new Attacking dimension for Chelsea after Willian and Pedro where released at the end of last season.

Harvetz will likely be used in a number 10 role while Timo Werner is expected to play upfront although he could also be used on the flank should the need arise.

Brighton too have made additions to their squad with the arrivals of Veltman and Adam Lallana while Captain Lewis Dunk also signed a new deal.

Team News

Chelsea could be without new Signings Hakem Ziyech and Ben Chilwell with the former still struggling with an Injury he picked up in preseason.

Chilwell on the other hand is still struggling with a heel Injury that kept him out of Leicester City end of season games and is expected to miss the clash.

New Signing Tiago Silva could be given his Debut on Monday while Christian Pulisic is expected to play a part having recovered from a hamstring Injury.

With Mateo Kovacic serving a suspension, Roben Loftus-Cheek could be given the nod in Midfied ahead of Jorginho.

Brighton have no major Injury concern and Manager Graham Potter has almost a fully fit squad available for selection.

Form Guide

Brighton & Hove Albion Pre-season Form: DD

Chelsea Pre-season Form: D

Predicted XI

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:

Ryan; Veltman, White, Dunk, Burn; Propper, Bissouma; Gross, Lallana, Trossard; Maupay

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Caballero; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Havertz, Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Werner

Stats and Possible Records

– Chelsea and Brighton meet for only for the 11th occasion in the league (seventh in the top-flight) and 14th overall.

– Brighton have conceded 26 Goals in their last 12 games against Chelsea.

– Brighton are Winless Against Chelsea in all their previous premier league meetings.

– Brighton’s only victory against the Blues was in the third round of the FA Cup in 1932/33.

 

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