Expected Chelsea team to play Brighton as Lampard rings changes for clash

Chelsea welcome Brighton to Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Day with Frank Lampard expected to shuffle his pack.

The Blues secured an impressive late 2-1 win at rivals Arsenal last time out in the Premier League to maintain their place in the top four.

Lampard’s men have actually been better away from home in the most part this season, also beating the likes of Tottenham so far.

But worrying recent losses at home to West Ham, Southampton, and Bournemouth put paid to their recent run of successive wins in the Premier League.

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Another home game, this time against Brighton, gives the team a chance to try and build up some more momentum at Stamford Bridge once again.

Lampard could opt to stick with the 4-3-3 formation that Chelsea changed to after being overrun in the first-half against Arsenal.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed the Gunners in front the manager sacrificed his back three and wing back tactics with Jorginho, who later netted the equaliser, coming on for Emerson Palmieri.

Cesar Azpilicueta then moved to left-back and played well but he should move back over to the right against Brighton with either Emerson or Marcos Alonso coming in on the left.

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Fikayo Tomori, Antonio Rudiger, and Kurt Zouma started in a back three at the Emirates so one looks like to be sacrificed if 4-3-3 is utilised.

N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic have played well in recent games and could start in a three man Chelsea midfield, with Mason Mount potentially filling the other role.

Willian and Tammy Abraham are expected to start again in attack, alongside either Callum Hudson Odoi or Christian Pulisic, although the American missed the Arsenal clash with a muscle injury.

Lampard was far from impressed with his charges in the first-half against Arsenal and will be hoping for a much more accomplished display against the Seagulls.