Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea outfit begin their title charge with a trip to the south coast as they take on Brighton on Monday evening.
The club relied heavily on youth last time out due to a transfer ban, but that ban has now been lifted, and the Blues have wasted no time in bringing in top quality players to Stamford Bridge.
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They have turned to the Bundesliga for attacking duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr arriving from Ligue 1.
Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech have also made their way to west London.
Brighton meanwhile have added Adam Lallana to their ranks, with the return of Ben White from Leeds also providing further depth to their squad.
All eyes are now focused firmly on Monday evening, with the hosts looking to cause an upset under the lights at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton have been given odds of 4/1 to win their first game of the new season, with their opponents available at 8/13.
And it’s currently 10/3 for a draw.
Chelsea initially got the better of Graham Potter’s men in their first meeting last season, with goals from Jorginho and Willian earning a 2-0 win for the Blues.
They met again on New Year’s Day, drawing 1-1 as Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener was cancelled out by a stunning bicycle-kick from Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the dying minutes of the game.
It was Brighton’s first-ever league point against Chelsea in their tenth meeting.
But the clubs also met as recently as last month in a pre-season encounter, where a limited number of fans were permitted entry as the government trialled the safe-return of supporters to sporting events.
That meeting also ended 1-1, with the Seagulls once again netting late on through a Pascal Gros penalty, after Chelsea’s new recruit Werner found the net just four minutes into his debut.
It’s currently 8/1 for the Blues to clinch another 2-0 victory.
And it’s 15/2 for a third successive 1-1 stalemate between the pair.
Werner is currently 3/1 to once again net the opener, while Brighton’s main man Neil Maupay is available at 7/1.
Having recorded 15 league goals last season, Tammy Abraham could also feature. He can be backed at 4/1 to score the first goal of the game, and 6/5 to score anytime.