This Saturday, Brighton make the short trip to the capital to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Last time out in the Premier League, Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat to European Champions Liverpool, whilst Brighton endured a 0-0 stalemate at St James’ Park against Newcastle.
Brighton have made a slow start to the season, having failed to capitalise on the momentum of their 3-0 win against Watford in the first game of the season. This misery continued as they were knocked out of the League Cup prematurely, losing to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa 3-1 on Wednesday. The Seagulls face a very tough test against a Chelsea side who look very strong at home.
Chelsea will feel very confident coming into this tie, having won every game against Brighton since the Seagulls gained promotion a few seasons ago. Also, Frank Lampard will be feeling another ounce of confidence, as he saw an impressive display by his fringe players in an empathic 7-1 win against Grimsby Town in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Yet, the Premier League is notorious for its surprise results, and despite playing at home, Chelsea will have to be on their guard as they are playing against a Brighton side who are not shy of confidence under their new manager Graham Potter.
Frank Lampard vs Graham Potter
The appointment of Potter has been a very positive one for Brighton. Potter enjoyed seven years in Sweden, where he took Ostersunds FK from the Swedish Division 2 to the Swedish top division.
He brings a fresh outlook to football, playing unique formations and deploying players out of their traditional positions. Lampard and his youthful side may be vulnerable due to a lack of experience, however Potter’s Brighton pose an excellent challenge for Chelsea to react to different tactics and with the support of the Blues faithful, they will not be short of confidence.
Tammy Abraham vs Matthew Ryan
The young English striker has been in scintillating form this season and has proven many of his doubters wrong. He should not feel so disheartened, having failed to score against Liverpool last week, as he knows playing at home against Brighton sees an opportunity for him to get back on the scoresheet.
In his way is the Australian shot stopper Ryan, who is the number one name on the Brighton team sheet. His consistent displays between sticks make him a reliable goalkeeper, and if Brighton opt to play very defensively, Ryan can expect to put up a resistance against the Chelsea striker.
Mason Mount vs Lewis Dunk
27-year-old Lewis Dunk is the captain of his club, and has spent the entirety of his career playing for Brighton. This experience is stark contrast to young Mason Mount, who is just now enjoying his first proper season for Chelsea.
The 20-year-old was always seen as an exciting prospect, and this season has provided evidence for those claims, as he has cemented his place into the starting eleven and scored three goals in his six games. Coming up against the experienced and stubborn Dunk, this fixture provides an opportunity for Mount to showcase his creativity. This battle will be an interesting one, as it pits someone who has enjoyed a fruitful career with his club against someone who has just begun his career with his club.
Fikayo Tomori vs Neal Maupay
Brighton’s new summer signing, Maupay, arrived from Brentford for £18 million, and has shown glimpses of the ability he possesses. Quick and direct, he poses a tricky challenge for the centre-halves that oppose him.
Tomori will be ready for this challenge, being quick on his feet, and with good pace he can match Maupay stride for stride. The Frenchman also possesses a good striker’s instinct, following the ball in at all times and looking to get in behind when possible. Therefore, Tomori will need to be concentrating for the whole 90 minutes if he wants to stop the French striker from scoring.