Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea
England - Premier League 2020-2021. Sep 14th.
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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea 1 - 3
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High Expectations at the Bridge
Champions League qualification and a run to the FA Cup Final was a good return for Chelsea last season. The 2020/21 season has arrived and more is going to be expected from Frank Lampard's team. When you go out and sign Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz, a title challenge is going to be expected.
Chelsea may have finished fourth last season but they were 15 points adrift of the top two. Champions Liverpool were 33 points ahead of the Blues who were just one point less clear of the relegation zone. Bridging that gap between them and the champions is going to be an almighty task for Chelsea.
Timo Werner is going to be a major signing if he can adapt to life in the Premier League and scored 34 goals last season. 21-year-old Kai Havertz could be a top player for the Blues for many a year. The loss of Willian is a surprising one perhaps, especially with him going to Arsenal.
More important are the signings of Silva and Chilwell. Chelsea's defending wasn't that great last season with 54 goals conceded. It's their away form that needs improving most if they are to become title challengers. Nine games were won on the road but seven lost. It's the number of goals conceded that was so alarming. 38 put past them, the joint worst defensive record with relegated Norwich City. If their new signings can create a more solid defence, then Chelsea will be more of a threat to the top two.
Difficult Season Ahead for the Seagulls
Brighton and Hove Albion had another season where they did enough to stay out of major trouble. There's not too much for them to expect this term. A top ten finish (most likely tenth) would be a great result and perhaps a cup run. No Premier League sides stand between them and a place in the last sixteen of the Carabo Cup, so early season form is going to be important.
The signing of Adam Lallana from Liverpool is a potentially good one for the Seagulls. A lot of course depends on how many games they can get out of him. The arrival of Joel Veltman from Ajax and Lars Dedoncker from Brugge may help their leaky defence that conceded 54 league goals last season.
How Brighton fare at home is going to be key to their hopes this season. They only won five home league games last season and just 20 goals have been scored. Glenn Murray has gone out on loan which is surprising. Only Maupay (ten) and Trossard (five) scored more than three league goals last season. Only three teams scored less Premier League goals than Brighton last season and two of those are in the Championship now. Their attack needs more bite than the seagulls on the sea front or they could well struggle.
Chelsea will want to get their season off to a good start, especially with Liverpool up next. They surely will have too much for Brighton and an away win with over 1.5 goals looks a good bet to make here.