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Sep 14, 2020 at 8.15pm UK at The American Express Community Stadium
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
Trossard (54')
Lamptey (81')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Jorginho (23' pen.), James (56'), Zouma (66')

How Chelsea could line up against Brighton & Hove Albion

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Monday evening's Premier League encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea get their Premier League campaign underway on Monday night with an away fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite seeing their season extended by their participation in the FA Cup and Champions League, Chelsea have been afforded just two extra days of preparation time in comparison to some of their rivals.

The shorter turnaround has left Frank Lampard in a position where he is having to contend with a number of selection issues ahead of the showdown with the Seagulls.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how the Blues could line up for the encounter at the Amex Stadium.


Out: Billy Gilmour (knee), Hakim Ziyech (knee), Ben Chilwell (ankle), Mateo Kovacic (suspended)
Doubtful: Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Thiago Silva (lack of fitness)

> Click here for Chelsea's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Three of Chelsea's new signings - Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva - will all likely have to wait for their competitive debuts.

While Chilwell and Ziyech are carrying ankle and knee injuries respectively, Silva is only due to begin training in the days ahead of the match.

With Mateo Kovacic serving a suspension for his red card in the FA Cup final, Jorginho is expected to partner N'Golo Kante in midfield.

At a time when Christian Pulisic is only just closing in on a full recovery from a hamstring injury, Callum Hudson-Odoi could get the nod from the start.

Kai Havertz and Timo Werner should be handed their first starts, while Mason Mount is likely to be preferred to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

As a result of Silva being provided with a bedding-in period on the training ground, Antonio Rudiger is competing with Andreas Christensen for a place alongside Kurt Zouma.

Like with Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta may be given more time to get over a hamstring injury, leading to Reece James being favoured at right-back.

Willy Caballero is in line to start between the sticks, leaving Kepa Arrizabalaga to take a spot on the substitutes' bench.

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· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

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