Chelsea’s league campaign begins away at The Amex, just over a fortnight after Frank Lampard’s side drew 1-1 with Brighton in a pre-season friendly, a game in which new signing Timo Werner scored to open his account for the Stamford Bridge side.
Although they played with the threat of relegation hanging over them for much of last season, The Seagulls finished in 15th place in the Premier League table, seven points ahead of Bournemouth who went down in 19th place with 34 points.
In contrast, Chelsea qualified for the Champions League with 66 points, their fourth-place finish seeing them end the season four points ahead of fifth-placed Leicester City.
In last season’s meeting on the South Coast, a goal from César Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead but, like in the pre-season friendly, the game ended 1-1. In the reverse encounter at Stamford Bridge, Jorginho and Willian scored the goals to give Chelsea a 2-0 win.
With Pedro having left to join Roma and Willian now an Arsenal player, Chelsea supporters will look forward to seeing the new signings go into action although it appears that Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva are not available for selection.
However, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz may well feature and should between them cause problems for the South Coast side. Both Germans are, in my opinion at least, worth a punt to get on the scoresheet and of course, Chelsea are a decent bet to secure all three points.
The only downside to the start of this new season is that – what with the recently introduced new Government advice regarding the current pandemic – the likelihood of supporters being able to attend matches seems further away than ever.
Nonetheless, the Chelsea faithful will be looking forward to seeing their side challenge both themselves and the opposition to improve on last season’s performance.
Finally and regarding the new arrivals, the Chelsea manager has told me that they, “might take some time to ‘bed in’ but, once they hit the ground…”
Win or lose, Up Frank Lampard’s Blues!
About the Author
Londoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).
He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.
David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.
A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchdays.
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