Chelsea play host to bottom-half-of-the-table side Brighton & Hove Albion in a Saturday afternoon English Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard and his Blues are still searching for their first home league win of the season, despite coming close on several occasions.
Saturday’s opponents are the lowest ranked team in the league table to visit South West London so far. Lampard can take solace in the fact his first home league win as Blues boss is expected sooner rather than later.
Ahead of the tie, we have taken player ratings from both sides courtesy of WhoScored.com and have assembled our very own combined team.
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion) 6.45
Ahead of Chelsea’s number one Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mat Ryan takes his place in this starting XI with valid reasons.
Despite being lower in the table, Ryan has contributed to two clean sheets, compared to Kepa’s surprising zero, in a bid to help Brighton & Hove Albion avoid the dreaded relegation zone.
Right wing-back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 7.00
Under-fire Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta has struggled of late but his performance in the home defeat to Liverpool will have surely put all faith back in the stalwart.
On the right side of defence, Azpilicueta has made seven interceptions in total, which is one more than his Spanish opponent, Martin Montoya.
Centre-back: Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion) 7.21
Having played at the club since 2016, Shane Duffy knows his way around the English Premier League more than most of tomorrow’s defensive opponents.
So far this campaign, the Republic of Ireland international has averaged four clearances per game, which is slightly more than Andreas Christensen with 3.6.
Centre-back: Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion) 6.91
Someone else who knows the club inside-out is Lewis Dunk, who has been at The Seagulls since 2010 and has seen first hand their meteoric rise up the division’s rankings.
Ahead of Kurt Zouma in the ratings list, Dunk has already made a brilliant 10 successful tackles which is seven more than his French opponent.
Centre-back: Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) 7.36
Who would have seen this coming? Fikayo Tomori has suddenly exploded on to the scene at The Bridge since his first start and goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The youngster has looked like he has been in the first team for years with his assured stance in defence. In the three league appearances he has averaged 0.7 shots blocked, compared to Adam Webster’s zero.
Left wing-back: Emerson (Chelsea) 7.22
Continuing from last season, Emerson has seemingly displaced Marcos Alonso at left-back with his consistent performances.
Despite playing one less game, the Brazilian has made 15 successful tackles this season which is more than Brighton & Hove Albion’s Dan Burn, who has made 10.
Centre midfield: Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) 7.04
Brighton look to have several stalwarts in their side and Solly March is one of them, having been at the seaside town since 2011.
The midfielder has a place in this side ahead of Mateo Kovacic, who has only averaged 0.7 key passes per game, compared to March’s 1.4.
Centre midfield: Davy Propper (Brighton & Hove Albion) 6.88
Dutch midfielder Davy Proper has settled well in the English Premier League since he joined Brighton & Hove Albion in 2017 and is nearly on his way to three-quarters-of-a-century in terms of appearances.
With seven key passes in total to his name, he even has more than Blues playmaker Jorginho, who has surprisingly made only six in the league.
Centre midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea) 7.49
Mason Mount made a case for himself during his time in the Sky Bet Championship last season and he will be doing himself the world of good if he keeps performing to a standard that he already has been.
The youngster unsurprisingly tops the ratings list between both teams and already has three goals to his name. As well as that, Mount has averaged 30.5 passes per game which is more than Brighton’s Leandro Trossard who has averaged 23.7.
Centre forward: Pedro (Chelsea) 6.86
Despite having only played once this past month due to injury, Pedro still finds himself in this side.
The tenacious Spaniard shows no sign of slowing down which is a testament to his ability. Pedro has attempted six dribbles in total compared to Pascal Gross’ three attempted dribbles.
Striker: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) 7.47
Earlier critics suggested that Tammy Abraham had a long way to go to prove himself as Chelsea’s number nine but the youngster has since proved his doubters wrong and has delivered in spades.
With seven goals in six league appearances already to his name he not only has more goals than tomorrow’s opponent Neal Maupay, who has two, Abraham is also second in the league’s goalscoring rankings just one goal behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
By Darion Westwood