The Stats – Unbeaten league record against Seagulls to defend

Our only pre-season friendly was at Brighton on 29 August before the international break when the sides drew 1-1. Brighton used 24 players over the 90 minutes and Chelsea 23.

The starting XIs were:
Brighton (5-3-2): Ryan; Veltman, White, Dunk (c), Webster, March; Lallana, Bissouma, Alzate; Trossard, Maupay
Scorer: Gross 90 (pen)
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga; James, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Alonso; Kante (c), Kovacic; Ziyech, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi; Werner
Scorer: Werner 4

Eleven first team squad players were called up for international duty last week.
Minutes played: Christensen 180, Rudiger 180, Werner 180 (1 goal), Kante 153, Kovacic 151, Hudson-Odoi 118, Giroud 117 (1 pen), Jorginho 90, Mount 30. Arrizabalaga was twice an unused sub and James returned to the club with an injury prior to the first game.

Last season’s Premier League stats

Most starts: Azpilicueta 36, Arrizabalaga 33, Mount 32, Willian 29, Jorginho 27
Most goals: Abraham 15, Pulisic 9, Willian 9, Giroud 8, Mount 7
Most assists: Willian 7, Azpilicueta 6, Hudson-Odoi 5, Mount 5
Most clean sheets: Arrizabalaga 8

Timo Werner was the fourth-highest league scorer (28 goals) in Europe’s top five leagues for RB Leipzig in 2019/20 behind Ciro Immobile (36), Robert Lewandowski (34) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31).