36′ SAVE! Brighton have played some good football in this first half and come close to levelling up. Alzate, at fault for Chelsea’s goal, gets away from a couple of players and looks to find the bottom-left corner, but it is at a nice height for Kepa and he pushes it away.
34′ Lamptey is causing all sorts of problems down the Brighton right. He nutmegs one opponent but Jorginho gets across to concede a corner. The inswinger is missed by Kepa but it does not matter as the ball rolls out of play.
32′ Potter uses the break in play to give his Brighton players some instructions. Maupay, caught by Zouma a couple of minutes ago, hobbles to the touchline before coming back on.
31′ Zouma catches Maupay on the heel – that is a nasty one and the physio is again needed. It has been very stop-start pretty much since Chelsea opened the scoring.
29′ Both Loftus-Cheek and Lamptey are now back on the field as play resumes. Chelsea lead 1-0 with nearly half an hour played.
28′ Loftus-Cheek is off the pitch at the moment, seemingly because of an issue with his socks. Lamptey is clattered into and play stops for the defender to receive some treatment.
27′ CHANCE! Lamptey sends in a delightful cross for Maupay, who fails to connect properly with it eight yards from goal. The ball hits his shoulder and Kepa gathers.
25′ Werner latches onto another loose ball and charges forward. He does not look all that comfortable to take the shot on and Brighton eventually get bodies back to block the attempt.
24′ Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has scored all eight of the penalties he has taken for Chelsea in all competitions (excluding shootouts), including five from five in the Premier League.
23′ GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! BRIGHTON 0-1 CHELSEA!! Jorginho sends the ball to the left and Ryan dives the opposite way. An impressive penalty from the Italian to give Chelsea a first-half lead at the Amex Stadium.
21′ PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Brighton play themselves into danger, with Alzate passing the ball straight to Jorginho. He feeds it into the feet of Werner, who is taken out by Ryan inside the penalty box. The referee Craig Pawson points to the spot but does not issue a card.
20′ Mount’s cross is flicked goalwards by Werner but Ryan reads the danger well. Possession has been split right down the middle so far, though there are signs that Chelsea are growing into the game.
19′ Nearly 20 minutes into this new dawn for Chelsea and they have yet to muster a shot of any kind. Havertz and Werner are not involved in the game at all, though the visitors have not exactly been troubled at the other end of the field.
17′ Zouma gets his head to a whipped cross to concede a corner, which March delivers into a deep zone. It is helped back across goal but Trossard is unable to pick anyone out with his pass.
15′ James’ cross from the right is cut out by Webster. Chelsea are guilty of being a little too cautious with their play at the moment.
14′ Chelsea are not really managing to keep hold of the ball in the final third. It has been a fairly scrappy game so far, with neither team creating anything of note.
12′ This is the third time Chelsea are starting a Premier League campaign on a Monday, with the Blues going on to win the title on the previous two occasions (2014-15 and 2016-17).
10′ Mount plays a ball over the top for new team-mate Havertz but it has too much on it and Ryan collects on the edge of his box.
8′ Werner is flagged offside for the second time in five minutes. The visitors have not really got going so far, with Werner and Havertz managing one touch of the ball between them.
6′ Brighton are playing some decent football. They work the ball down the right and then the left, but there is no way through for now.
5′ Webster carries the ball forward five yards and decides to have a go from a long, long way out. Kepa is happy to watch the ball sail over the crossbar.
4′ Lallana, who has had his fair share of injury issues, takes a bit of a whack but is okay to continue. Werner runs in behind but mistimes his run and is flagged for offside.
2′ The sides are set out as expected – three at the back for Brighton; 4-2-3-1 for Chelsea, with Jorginho and Kante in holding midfield.
1′ KICK-OFF! Brighton get their 2020-21 campaign up and running at the Amex Stadium. Chelsea have lost two of their last three season openers in the Premier League.
Both sets of players are making their way down the tunnel area and kick-off is now just a couple of minutes away. This game will be played behind closed doors, as will every Premier League fixture for the foreseeable future.
Brighton and Hove Albion have failed to win any of their previous six Premier League encounters with Chelsea, losing five times and scoring two goals in the process. The Blues have never lost against Brighton in league competition, in fact, winning nine and drawing one – their best return against a single opponent without losing.
Chelsea have handed competitive debuts to a couple of their new signings, with German pair Havertz and Werner making the XI. Fellow newbies Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are not available for selection just yet because of injury and fitness reasons. Christian Pulisic also misses out because of an injury problem, so Mount is selected in the frontline.
Former Liverpool midfielder Lallana has been handed his debut for Brighton after joining on a free transfer during the close season. Defender White is the other new face in the hosts’ XI, having returned from a hugely successful spell on loan with Leeds United in the Championship last season. Lamptey joined Brighton from Chelsea in January and starts at right wing-back today.
Subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud, Willy Caballero.
CHELSEA XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho (c), N’Golo Kante; Kai Havertz, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount; Timo Werner.
Subs: Dale Stephens, Dan Burn, Joel Veltman, Jason Steele, Pascal Gross, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Aaron Connolly.
BRIGHTON XI (3-4-1-2): Mat Ryan; Ben White, Lewis Dunk (c), Adam Webster; Tariq Lamptey, Steven Alzate, Yves Bissouma, Solly March; Adam Lallana; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay.
Plenty of eyes will be on Chelsea after spending big in the transfer window to rejuvenate their squad. Frank Lampard favoured youth last season and they rewarded him with a fourth-place finish, but a lot more will be expected this time around after bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Brighton finished 15th last season – their first under head coach Graham Potter – and will be looking to finish a little higher this time around after a positive transfer window to date. Potter’s men drew both of their pre-season friendlies, including a 1-1 draw with Chelsea here at the end of last month.
Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium.