Little time to rest between games this week, as Chelsea immediately turn around from Wednesday’s emphatic win in the League Cup to welcome Brighton & Hove Albion for a Saturday Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge. Building on the 7-1 against Grimsby Town, the Blues will be looking to make it two wins from two at home after failing to win any of our first four home games in any competition.
Given that only a day or two will have passed from the League Cup third round match and the Premier League contest, the injury situation is likely to stay basically the same (Lampard will give a press conference in a few hours, but is unlikely to reveal anything shocking in this regard).
Antonio Rüdiger (groin), Emerson (hamstring), Andreas Christensen (knee), and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) are surely ruled out, with Rüdiger probably closest to returning. Olivier Giroud could be back in contention after battling illness this week, but both Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi are in good form, limiting the veteran’s prospects.
Chelsea get three whole days to rest after this one, with away ties at Lille (Wednesday) and Southampton (Sunday) closing out the slate of matches ahead of the October international break.