Chelsea vs Brighton. A fixture that appears to have taken on greater significance in the last 12 months or so given the business dealings between the two clubs.
The pair find themselves with roles reversed in comparison to recent seasons with the Seagulls flying high in the Premier League and competing in Europe, while Chelsea have already played once in this season’s Carabao Cup. The Blues defeated AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the second round of the competition to book a clash with Roberto De Zerbi’s men and a win on this occasion could provide a launchpad after a difficult start to this term for Mauricio Pochettino.
The Blues will be without Malo Gusto, who is suspended for the cup match after being sent off versus Aston Villa, in addition to eight injured players. Some rotation will still be possible for the Blues however with the likes of Marc Cucurella, Noni Madueke, Cole Palmer, Lesley Ugochukwu and Ian Maatsen will be hoping from an opportunity having been on the bench at the weekend.
Armando Broja, however, is not ready to start from the first whistle. Pochettino revealed on Tuesday that he will only be available from the bench.
He said: “No, he is not ready to start. I think he is helping the team and doing well but he needs time to be fit again to be able to start a game. I think for 20, 25, 30 minutes he can help the team but he is not ready.”
football.london takes a look at the team Pochettino could select to face the Seagulls.