Putting seven past League Two outfit Grimsby and securing an EFL Cup showdown against Manchester United next month, Chelsea will be looking to kickstart their Premier League campaign when Brighton travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Coming off the back of a close-fought 2-1 loss against Liverpool last time out, a result that ended their four-match unbeaten run, Frank Lampard’s side should be confident of returning to winning ways in SW4.
While the Blues may have managed to secure their spot in the fourth round of this year’s EFL Cup, Brighton came crashing out thanks to a 3-1 loss against Aston Villa and have also failed to win any of their last five top-flight appearances.
You might be interested to know that Chelsea have won all four of the previous meetings between the two sides, scoring two or more goals in each of those victories. The former champions can be found at 1/1 with SkyBet to secure a similar outcome on Saturday afternoon.
Lampard has positives to take away from defeat
Although new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may have seen his youthful side eventually suffer a 2-1 defeat against title contenders Liverpool last weekend, the former England midfielder had plenty of positives to take away.
Already fielding the youngest Premier League starting XI in the club’s history, fans around Stamford Bridge will be most excited by the impact Tammy Abraham has had since being installed as Lampard’s #1 option up top.
Despite drawing a blank against the Reds last time out, the England U21 ace has opened his top-flight account with seven goals in his last four appearances and can be found at 19/20 with Ladbrokes to extend that run on Saturday.
Looking to make a return to winning ways this weekend and appearing to find their feet under Lampard, some around West London will be dreaming of a shock top-four finish come May.
You might be interested to know that the former champions can be found at 7/4 with SkyBet to secure a Champions League return.
Elsewhere, scoring on his return from an ACL injury against Grimsby in midweek and signing a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, Lampard could be tempted to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi a first start this weekend.
Brighton continue to struggle
Although Head Coach Graham Potter may have praised his side’s display at St. James’ last weekend, the Seagulls could only muster a 0-0 draw and have been unable to build off of an eye-catching opening weekend.
Coming crashing back down to earth since opening Potter’s tenure with a 3-0 victory over Watford last month, the former Swansea boss has seen his men now fail to win any of their last five Premier League appearances.
Also electing to make a string of changes and watching his side come crashing out of the EFL Cup thanks to a 3-1 hammering at home against Aston Villa on Wednesday, fans around the Amex will be most concerned by Brighton’s form in the final third.
Someway off mounting the top-half charge that they were dreaming of when opening the 2019/2020 campaign, the Seagulls have bagged just a single strike in their last four appearances.
Despite Chelsea still yet to record a first clean sheet across any format, Potter’s men have never recorded a goal at Stamford Bridge and can be found at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to once again draw a blank.