Kick-off: 2000, 14/09/2020
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
There is a real buzz about Chelsea heading into the new Premier League campaign and Frank Lampard will be going all out for a fast start at Brighton.
The Blues showed plenty of promise during his first season in charge and have spent big in a bid to get back among the contenders for title glory.
We’re going with 29/20 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our opening Brighton vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton made some progress under Graham Potter last term, finishing seven points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place.
The Seagulls adopted a more positive approach and were rewarded with some good wins, especially on home turf.
Albion scored three times in both of their victories over Tottenham and Everton, as well as edging out Arsenal 2-1 here.
Among several astute signings to slip under the radar was 28-year-old Ajax defender Joel Veltman, who has won four Eredivisie titles and 22 caps for Holland.
However, Brighton’s most high-profile recruit was capturing midfielder Adam Lallana from Liverpool.
The former England international made just three starts in the Reds’ title triumph and ends six years at Anfield having battled numerous injury problems.
But there is little doubt of his skill when fully fit and his free-transfer move could help the Seagulls to the next level.
Albion do still have to overcome an inferiority complex when facing elite clubs, though, having taken just one point off the top four last season.
They should have their moments going forward, but 9/4 for an away win and both teams to score stands out from the Brighton vs Chelsea odds.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Having had to endure a transfer ban last summer, Chelsea have been making up for lost time with some exciting acquisitions to replace long-term servants such as Pedro and Willian.
Midfielder Kai Havertz comes in for €85million after bagging 36 goals and 25 assists in just 118 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer Leverkusen.
Germany forward Timo Werner scored 95 goals in a productive four years at RB Leipzig, with the £45m buy described as direct, pacy and purposeful.
Hakim Ziyech is a £37m recruit from Ajax with a real creative spark, while veteran defender Thiago Silva won seven Ligue 1 titles during his time in France with PSG.
Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell is another excellent addition to a young squad which secured a top-four finish and reached the FA Cup final.
Lampard commented: “We will be judged, of course, on results as we move forwards but it will certainly not be for the want of trying that we want to bring success to the club.”
The Blues struck early in the transfer window, so that should help the reinforcements to settle in.
Let’s add 333/100 for the visitors to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to our Brighton vs Chelsea betting tips.
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