The Blues are being tipped by some to make a run for the title this season due to the amount of top quality signings they have made through the summer.
However, to do that Frank Lampard’s side will need to show consistency and get off to a decent start in a tough match at the AMEX Stadium.
Lampard’s team have also had little time to prepare for the game, with only a few days of training during pre-season.
That will make it hard to get all three points at the Seagulls, and also to know exactly who Lampard brings into the same.
Our writers have their say on who they think should start the match on the south coast.
With the amount of talent Lampard has at his disposal, in a game like Brighton, Lampard has to get as many of them on the pitch as possible.
The best way to do that would be to play a 4-2-3-1, with Kai Havertz playing just behind Timo Werner, with the German leading the line.
Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic could be either side of the new boys, meaning there would be a dynamic forward line for the Blues.
In the middle, with Mateo Kovacic injured that should mean Jorginho would partner N’Golo Kante.
At the back, I would go with Kurt Zouma next to Andreas Christensen, and with no Ben Chilwell just yet, either side should be Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta.
In goal, I would give Kepa the number one spot back, with another chance to prove himself.
Harbord’s team: Kepa; James, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner.
This seems impossible to predict. What formation will Lampard pick? Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will start but in which positions?
The latter could depend on Christian Pulisic’s availability. The American has trained this week but the head coach said that he, and captain Cesar Azpilicueta, will need to be managed carefully following the hamstring injuries sustained in the FA Cup final defeat.
If Pulisic does not play, Werner could line up on the left with Olivier Giroud as the focal point of attack.
Havertz’s role will be fascinating too. Does he play centrally behind the striker or will he be used to the right with Hakim Ziyech injured?
The below might be wildly wrong but…
Smith’s team: Caballero; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kante; Havertz, Mount, Pulisic; Werner.
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