|Amex Stadium, Village Way, Falmer, Lewes, Brighton and Hove, South East, England, BN1 9BL, United Kingdom|
|Date||Time||League||Season||Time Zone||Full Time|
|September 14, 2020||8:15 pm||English Premier League||2020/21 Season||Monday 14 Sept (8:15pm UK)||90'|
1′ Brighton & Hove Kick off and we are underway.
5′ Ball possession: Brigton 50 Chelsea 50
Brighton has been really impressive so far with former Chelsea player Lamptey their best so far
Chelsea are struggling to control the game or hold possession tho we look sharp when attacking.
14′ Corner for Brighton
Werner has been looking really sharp. Drifting to the wings and dropping deep to get involved in the game
20′ nice interplay from Brighton which almost led to a chance but Mount was there to clear
20′ Penalty Check
Wener tries to round Brighton Goal keeper but was taken down.
21′ Penalty Confirmed. Jorginho to take the spot kick
22′ Gooal! There was never a doubt.
Jorginho sends the keeper the wrong way
25′ Counter for Chelsea and Werner almost make it two but his shot was blocked
Brighton are still showing strength and composure. Lamptey remains their man threat
29′ Play has stopped temporarily for injury treatment to Murray
31′ Lamptey nutmegs Alonso and his effort has led to a corner for Brighton
Stats: 8 – Jorginho has scored all eight of the penalties he has taken for Chelsea in all competitions (excluding shootouts), including five in the Premier league. Reliable
33′ Close from Brighton but Kepa save the shot
35′ Close from Brighton again
Chelsea are really under pressure and Brighton will be frustrated not to have gotten a goal from these few minutes display
Chelsea’s midfield is really struggling with Loftus Cheek the main weak link
38′ Possession Stat: Brighton 59 Chelsea 41
Attempts on goal: Brighton 7 Chelsea 3
41′ Chelsea tries to find a counter but Loftus Cheek failed to return the pass to Werner correctly. Poor from RLC
Video of Jorginho’s goal below
Half Time at the Amex Stadium
Brighton 0 vs 1
Honestly, Brighton’s performance does not represent the scoreline, perhaps a draw would have been fair. They were really great this first 45 mins and are unlucky not to have gotten a goal.
Chelsea need to reshuffle on the restart and try to get their passes an link up right else they risk loosing these points. Perhaps the introduction of a main winger like Hudson Odoi will smooth things up for us.
46′ The Second Half is underway
47′ Brighton 0 vs 1 Chelsea
Brighton have started quite great again with Lamptey bursting through from the RW to get a shot away but it is blocked by Zouma who has been really impressive for Chelsea tonight
Chelsea are really struggling to hold possession and their counter attacking treath is really not impressive. Lampard needs to sort this out bad.
54′ Goall Brighton ! Trossard
Brighton gets a deserved goal and it is yet another downside from Kepa as he could have done better to keep chelsea into the game
56′ Goalll Chelsea! Reece James
We take back the lead in a thrilling fashion and it’s yet another lifeline for us to get it right.
Reece James powerful shot smashed the back of the net and Brighton’s Keeper had no chance
60′ Loftus Cheek Out Barkley In
The introduction of Barkley has really turned the game around for Chelsea. We are no longer playing like the underdogs.
Goall Chelsea! ZOUMA
With the little time Chelsea have controlled the game since the introduction of Barkley, they got a goal.
Zouma stuck a leg in Reece James corner and it’s deflected to goal.
Video of Reece James goal in link
Video of Zouma goal in link
FT at the Amex Stadium and it’s Chelsea with all three points
Brighton 1 vs 3 Chelsea
Great character from our team to fight and hold on for the win after an explosive display from Brighton.
Our Premier League campaign will kick off on Monday against Brighton and after the eventful transfer window we have had so far, I must say I’m very anxious to watch what these lads have in place for us and I’m sure most of the fans feel this way also.
With the introduction of some top European talents like Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva no team will write us off like most did at the start of last season when we lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and were unable to start sign any player because of the transfer ban.
Now there’s so much to expect on Monday and also the start of a reality check for us as Liverpool Manager, Klopp rightly said that it’s one thing to sign many top players at once and it’s another thing for them to learn how to play together quickly insisting that his Liverpool team have that advantage over us.
However fingers are crossed and one thing remains. The enthusiasm.
Let’s take a look at some details about the upcoming match under the following headings below.
What To Expect
Expectations are different for many persons. Most Chelsea fans think we will run riot but what is most likely to happen on Monday night away against Brighton & Hove?
For me, the match can turn out in various ways but I think we will come out victorious at the Amex Stadium tomorrow. We played against them last month in a Friendly and I think the first half was impressive when we had the likes of Ziyech, Werner and Hudson Odoi upfront. With Werner and Odoi fit and up for selection on Monday, they should be able to reproduce similar performance or even much better because they’ve had more time to train together since then.
Injury Update and Suspensions
Unfortunately the biggest setback for Lampard tomorrow will be the inability to field the players he wants due to numerous injuries and fitness issues currently.
Ziyech picked up a knock in his ankle during the friendly match against Brighton and Lampard comfirmed in his press conference that he won’t be fit for Brighton and might stay out for few more weeks.
Reece James unlikely while the likes of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwel will be out due to fitness issues Lampard further comfirmed.
Let’s no forget Mateo Kovacic will not be featuring in the match due to suspension after the Croatian picked up a red card in Chelsea’s last England competition against Arsenal (FA Cup final).
However we now have a boost with Christian Pulisic who just returned to training after he picked up an injury against Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard believes he is ready to make a return and will be up for selection on Monday. Latest signing Kai Havertz will also be available.
Strongest Possible Lineup
We might be hindered by injuries but truth be told, Lampard still has a formidable squad to choose from on Monday. Let’s take a look at the strongest possible lineup available.
Lampard has played 4-2-3-1 formation the most in Chelsea and with the players available, I think that’s the formation we will be seeing on Monday.
Wener played against Brighton in the friendly and scored. He also scored during his international outing with Germany so he is the obvious choice ahead of Abraham. Odoi can play both wings so he would fit in perfectly in RW replacing Ziyech. Pulisic has been explosive lately in the LW and will obviously take that spot.
the real dilemma comes in midfield with like likes of Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Havertz, Mount and Loftus Cheek all available for selection but I think a midfield of Jorginho, Kante and Havertz will be the best choice.
Brighton work great on the counter and the presence of Kante will be needed in that midfield to break play and make interceptions alongside Jorginho who is not so good at that aspect. Jorginho can focus on settling pay and creating chances from deep.
Havertz have worked with Werner on international level and have trained together multiple times already so the familiarity will be needed in that attack.
For defense, Alonso is the obvious choice since Chilwel is out while Azpilicueta will maintain his main position at right back as James is unlikely to be available for the match.
For Central Defense, Christensen has had a good preseason and international outing while Antonio Rudiger will be the best fit to pair with him although Kurt Zouma is still so much fit and ready and could get the nod ahead of Rudiger.
Full Predicted Lineup 👇
Pulisic Werner Odoi
Alonso Rudiger Christensen Azpi
How excited are you about our first match and what are your thoughts?
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