EPL: Chelsea set to dim Brighton

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Chelsea vs. BrightonVenue: Stamford BridgeKick off: 3PMChelsea head into today’s Premier League fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion having finally ended their wait for a win at Stamford Bridge this season, courtesy of a 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.Brighton make the trip to West London having been eliminated from the competition by Aston Villa, while they are also still awaiting their first league success since the opening day of the campaign.While there has been a lot for Chelsea fans to enjoy since the appointment of Frank Lampard, the Blues boss is aware that he will only remain at the helm for the long term if his side turn performances into results.That has not always been the case, with Chelsea having nothing to show from encouraging performances against Manchester United and two tussles with Liverpool, while they also missed a late penalty in the narrow defeat to Valencia in the Champions League.However, those disappointments have done little to rid Stamford Bridge of its current feel-good factor – something which is in sharp contrast to how supporters reacted to victories under previous head coach Maurizio Sarri.Lampard is aware that he must capitalise on the positive atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, and he will hope that the netting seven times against Grimsby in a game which featured several more academy graduates will go a significant way to building for the future.Nevertheless, the short-term scenario facing Lampard are fixtures against Brighton on Saturday afternoon and an important Champions League trip to Lille at the start of next week.The club legend will have every confidence that his team can achieve their desired results, although their task will be made much more comfortable if they can finally end their nine-game streak without keeping a clean sheet.Injuries to several defenders does not help matters, but Lampard can at least now call upon Reece James at right-back with the youngster having recovered from an ankle injury.N’Golo Kante also highlighted his importance to this team with a trademark energetic outing against Liverpool last weekend, and the presence of the pair could potentially prove more pivotal than having extra options in the final third.On the other hand, Graham Potter has wasted no time in stamping his own authority since arriving at the Amex Stadium, changing the team’s style of play and introducing more youngsters into the group.However, despite all of the promise from the dominant win against Watford on the first day of the season, Potter has every reason to be frustrated with his team having failed to build on that result.Fixtures against West Ham United, Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle United were an opportunity to keep away from the relegation zone heading into the winter months, but a return of three points from a possible 12 has placed pressure on the Seagulls.Given the youthful look to the team which faced Aston Villa in the EFL Cup earlier this week, the subsequent defeat was not a total surprise, while positives will be taken from some of the performances from his younger crop.Nevertheless, Brighton’s only win in seven has come from a scrappy game at Bristol Rovers, and the onus is now on the Englishman to get his team back on track, starting this weekend.With lessons having been learned from their heavy defeat at Manchester City last month, facing an inconsistent Chelsea side is an ideal opportunity for Potter to see where his squad are in terms of adapting to his mindset. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Abraham.Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Montoya, Propper, Stephens, Mooy, Alzate, Gross, Maupay.Tags: BrightonPremier LeagueStamford Bridgelast_img

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