Big spenders Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to Brighton this evening.
Frank Lampard’s Blues have spent more than £200million this summer and big things are expected from them this season.
They take on a Brighton side tonight who finished 15th last season and will be looking to build on that this term.
The 2020/21 Premier League campaign got off to an exciting start over the weekend and this match promises to be another entertaining clash.
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Brighton v Chelsea: Date and kick-off time
This match will be held at the AMEX on Monday, September 14 and will kick-off at 8:15pm.
These two drew 1-1 on the south coast last season with Alireza Jahanbakhsh cancelling out Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener.
Brighton v Chelsea: TV channel and live stream
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 8pm.
It follows their coverage of Sheffield United v Wolves which kicks off at 6pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99.
Brighton v Chelsea: Confirmed team news
Brighton: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Dunk, Webster, March, Lallana, Alzate, Bissouma, Trossard, Maupay.
Subs: Steele, Stephens, Connolly, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Burn, Veltman.
Chelsea: Kepa, James, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Werner, Havertz.
Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Barkley, Abraham, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta.
Brighton v Chelsea: Match stats and facts
- Brighton have failed to win any of their six Premier League encounters with Chelsea, losing five times and scoring just two goals in the process (D1).
- Chelsea have never lost against Brighton in league competition, winning nine and drawing one. The Blues have faced Brighton more times without ever losing than they have against any other side in their league history.
- Chelsea have lost two of their last three season openers in the Premier League (W1), this after going 18 consecutive campaigns without defeat on the opening matchday between 1999-00 and 2016-17.
- This is the third time Chelsea are starting a Premier League campaign on a Monday, with the Blues going on to win the title on the previous two occasions (2014-15 and 2016-17).
- Brighton have won just three of their 18 Premier League matches in 2020 (D9 L6), the fewest of any current side.
- Chelsea shipped 54 Premier League goals last season, their most in a season since 1996-97 (55) and their tally of just nine clean sheets was their joint-lowest ever in a Premier League campaign, along with 1996-97 and 2015-16.
- In Premier League history, Chelsea have earned 1997 points (W578 D263 L235) – their next victory will see them become the third team to earn 2000 points in the competition, after Manchester United (2234) and Arsenal (2011).
- Brighton haven’t lost a league game on a Monday since April 2015 (0-1 v Rotherham), winning four and drawing six since. All five of the Seagulls’ Premier League games played on Mondays have ended level.
- New Chelsea signing Timo Werner scored 28 league goals for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season, the fourth-most in Europe’s top five leagues behind only Ciro Immobile (36), Robert Lewandowski (34) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31).
- Brighton’s new signing Adam Lallana will be looking for his first Premier League start since December 2019. Chelsea are the side the midfielder has faced the most in the Premier League without registering a single goal or assist (9 appearances).