It doesn’t seem possible, but the new season is already upon us, and it’s already time to start thinking about a specific game rather than the prospects of the whole campaign ahead.
The match in question is against Brighton on Monday night, and anyone looking to use their bet365 sign up offer to set themselves up with a nice kitty for the rest of the season might well be tempted to back the Blues to win comfortably.
Away at the Amex, Frank Lampard’s team will get decent odds for a 2 or 3 goal win – and with good reason. Brighton are a really good team, who improve their squad every year with smart signings.
This season they added Ajax defender Joel Veltman, Adam Lallana from Liverpool and got their talented loanee Ben White back from Leeds. That adds quality across the pitch. They’ve got a great manager in Graham Potter too, one who will always provide an interesting tactical challenge for Lampard.
Chelsea have strengthened too though, let’s not forget. Some of their new additions won’t be fit for this game, but Timo Werner will be in the team for sure, adding a whole new dimension up top.
At the back addition of Thiago Silva is also a potentially brilliant move, but he will need time to settle and time to train with the team – anyone hoping to see him on Monday should accept that’s unlikely.
In the second half we could see the likes of Kai Havertz make his debut if we’re pushing for a goal, and even Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham will be fearsome aerial targets if we’re pushing for a goal.
We might even have a new player in goal, if the rumoured move for Edouard Mendy of Rennes is wrapped up soon – although given it’s Thursday, the window for registering him is getting tight, and it seems likely Willy Caballero will get another run out on Monday at least while Mendy finds his feet in his new club and a new country.
Lampard will be wary of making too many changes though, after a “non-preaseason” as he called it today in his press conference. The Seagulls are a well drilled and settled team, and playing a team of new arrivals against them is a recipe for disaster.
So while you can expect to see Timo Werner start, the wait to see Silva, Havertz, Chilwell and Mendy is likely to last a little longer.