Chelsea predicted XI for Brighton match with Silva missing but plenty of debuts

Frank Lampard's new-look Chelsea kick off their Premier League campaign with a tricky visit to Brighton on Monday night.

The west London club were under a transfer embargo when manager Lampard was appointed last summer and have wasted little time in making up for the sanction by investing heavily this time around.

More than £200million has been spent bringing Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr to Stamford Bridge.

And while a number of their new signings are unlikely to feature, Lampard will still have a chance to field fresh faces when they get their 2020/21 campaign underway.

Midfielder Ziyech, signed from Ajax, and former Leicester left-back Chilwell will not play on the south coast due to injuries.

Veteran Brazil defender Silva is a doubt as he builds fitness following his arrival from Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain.

But German duo Havertz and Werner are likely to be handed their top-flight debuts.

Ahead of the game, Lampard hailed Havertz's versatility as a major boost to his revamped Chelsea squad.

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Chelsea pulled off one of the transfer coups of the summer by recruiting highly-coveted Germany star Havertz for £70million from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 21-year-old has flourished as an attacking midfielder or forward, but also has the capabilities to slot into a deeper role.

One of boss Lampard's major challenges this term will be just how to fit all the new attacking talents into his Stamford Bridge line-up, but the 42-year-old sees no troubles with Havertz.

"Kai, with his qualities, is flexible to play in different positions; I haven't changed my view in a few days of seeing him so I think we can use his versatility," said Lampard.

"One of the pluses when I spoke to Kai is that he is very comfortable. He is not that 'I want to play in this position, this is all I want'.

"He is potentially very happy to help the team, he can give us quality in different areas so it is not one that we have to nail down."

Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Havertz, Werner, Hudson-Odoi.

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