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Yves Bissouma challenge compared to a wrestling move as he's sent off for backward kick in the FACE
Technology intervened with a minute of normal time remaining after Albion midfielder Bissouma caught opponent Lewis in the face with his studs as he moved his leg up and backwards behind him.

Newcastle 0-3 Brighton: Seagulls pick up easy win at abject Newcastle 
NEWCASTLE 0-3 BRIGHTON - CRAIG HOPE AT ST JAMES' PARK: You can add the name of Tariq Lamptey to that of Mo Salah and Kevin de Bruyne. The Ones That Got Away.

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Tariq Lamptey dazzles in slick Brighton's emphatic win at Newcastle

Whenever Tariq Lamptey ran at them it seemed as if Newcastle United’s players were operating with their boots laced together.

To say Steve Bruce’s side were terrorised by Graham Potter’s teenage right wing-back is an understatement and the resultant psychological damage could take some time to repair. If Newcastle’s unhinging raised all sorts of awkward questions about the team’s suitability for a 4-4-2 formation while also serving as a reminder that relegation struggles on Tyneside may not yet be things of the past, it also offered further vindication of the radical stylistic overhaul Potter has presided over on the south coast. Not even Yves Bissouma’s late sending off could strip the sheen from a most accomplished visiting performance.

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United continue their pursuit of Porto left-back Alex Telles
Premier League and European clubs are working hard to try and get transfer deals over the line ahead of the new season. Follow all the latest updates with Sportsmail's JACK KINNERSLEY..

Antonio Rudiger left OUT of Chelsea squad for crucial title clash against Liverpool
EXCLUSIVE:The Germany international is fully fit but manager Frank Lampard has not included the central defender in his plans to face the Premier League champions.

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FPL Gameweek 2 preview: Captain Auba, avoid Bamford, hold onto Werner
With gameweek 2 of Fantasy Premier League on the horizon, let’s preview the upcoming round of games with our tips and advice for captaincy, transfers, which players to avoid and who to take a punt on. On the latest episode of The Fantasy Faithful podcast, Ste McGovern was joined by Harry Diamond and Fulhamish contributor Dara …

Five successful British footballing exports and how they fared when they returned home
Gareth Bale is set for a sensational return to Tottenham with the star set to fly in to London today before completing a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid. The Welsh international departed the north London side seven years ago in a world-record deal, regarded as the finest footballer in the Premier League after winning …

Rating the ability of the seven Premier League kids nominated for the Golden Boy award
The nominations have been released for the 2020 Golden Boy award, the prestigious annual accolade that recognises the finest footballer in Europe aged 21 or under. Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix was named as the winner of the award last season following his role in Benfica’s domestic double campaign before moving to the Spanish capital, …

Fears that fans return to stadiums may be pushed back until November
Plans for fans to return to stadiums could be pushed back until November amid concerns over the UK’s worsening coronavirus situation. Originally, it was planned for fans to be allowed back into sports’ stadia – albeit with reduced capacities – from October 1st, although the government have announced that such a plan is now under …

Remembering every Premier League Golden Boot winner from the last decade
The race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot looks set to be as exciting as ever following the opening fixtures of the new season, with Mohamed Salah taking an early lead after becoming just the ninth player in history to score an opening weekend hat-trick. Elsewhere Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy opened their accounts with …

Bale next? Five times Premier League legends returned to their former clubs
Gareth Bale is being strongly linked with a stunning return to Tottenham as talks continue to end the star’s Madrid misery, the Welshman having become an increasingly peripheral and unwanted figure at the Bernabeu. The silverware successes of Bale’s career having come during his seven season spell at Real Madrid, but arguably his peak years …

Manager comments on his player amid Rangers and West Ham speculation

John Lundstram is a player in demand, with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and West Ham United among the clubs reportedly interested in the Sheffield United midfielder....

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PL club reportedly ready to sell ‘clever footballer’ Everton and Wolves want

Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United are interested in signing Solly March from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window,...

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Reported twist in Aston Villa’s chase for ‘phenomenal’ player

Aston Villa’s reported chase for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez has taken a twist. The Independent reported this week that Martínez has agreed personal terms with...

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Report: Wolves and Leeds targets transfer listed, Bielsa’s side has bid £4m

Lazio are open to selling Jordan Lukaku and Wallace amid speculation linking the defensive pair to Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to Gazzetta dello...

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Report: Leeds and Brighton make £4.5m bids for international who wants PL move

Leeds United and Brighton have both made £4.5 million offers for Jordan Lukaku with the Lazio left-back keen on a move to the Premier League,...

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Report: PL boss anticipating 25-year-old will now leave, Newcastle and West Ham want him

According to The Telegraph, Brighton and Hove Albion are now looking for full backs to replace Bernardo amid links with Premier League clubs. It’s claimed...

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Newcastle v Brighton: match preview

Newcastle have fared fairly badly against Brighton since the pair were promoted together in 2017. They have lost two and drawn four of their past six meetings but the home side’s desire for atonement is far from the sole subplot in this match between two teams in transition. While Graham Potter oversaw a radical, and still ongoing, change in Brighton’s much more expansive style last season, Steve Bruce is proceeding more cautiously with Newcastle. Indeed his side managed only 36 % of possession during the midweek Carabao Cup win over Blackburn on Tyneside. Louise Taylor

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Chelsea and Liverpool could both be vulnerable, Nathan Aké has a rare chance and are Newcastle the Entertainers again?

Last season Liverpool won 15 league games by the odd goal, and began their title defence in similar style, beating Leeds 4-3 in an indecently entertaining match. But this habit is not an easy one to sustain, and it is worth nothing that they have lost five of their past 14 games, conceding 19 times in the process. It is true that now is a good time to play Chelsea – Kepa Arrizabalaga is still first choice, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are unfit, and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not fully settled. But Werner still looked sharp against Brighton, while Havertz can change the course of a game at any moment. If Chelsea somehow refrain from tossing goals in their own net, they will ask some serious questions of a back four that has looked more vulnerable of late. DH

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Frank Lampard will be satisfied with his new-look side but knows the old problems are still lurking in the background

If title challenges are built on the ability to grind out scrappy 1-0 wins on the road, then Chelsea are not ready to catch Liverpool and Manchester City. An attack infused with elite Bundesliga talent is not enough.

With Kepa Arrizabalaga flapping behind a defence that still gives too many chances away, the same old weaknesses remain impossible to ignore. In the end Frank Lampard could speak about resilience and determination.

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Frank Lampard 'very happy' with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

  • Spaniard at fault for Brighton goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win
  • Lampard: ‘We’ll get better, this was our first game’

Frank Lampard insisted that he remains “very happy” with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the goalkeeper conceding a poor goal as Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign with a hard‑fought 3-1 victory against Brighton on Monday night.

Arrizabalaga was at fault when Leandro Trossard equalised for Brighton with a long-range effort and the £71.6m Spaniard could struggle to keep his place in the side once Chelsea finalise the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes. However, Lampard, who gave debuts in attack to Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, refused to criticise the former Athletic Bilbao player after his latest error.

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Reece James lights up the night as Chelsea ride their luck at Brighton

Welcome to Lampard 2.0: the upgrade. Although on reflection, it might just take a while to download.

On a lovely late-summer night in Falmer the first fruits of Chelsea’s extravagant close-season spending were evident. Timo Werner looked the liveliest part of an initially ponderous, increasingly fluent 3-1 defeat of Brighton, who were impressively slick and a little unlucky.

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Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Jorginho’s penalty, a Reece James screamer and a deflected volley from Kurt Zouma gave Chelsea a slightly flattering victory at the Amex Stadium

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea Barney Ronay has filed from the Amex Stadium, so I’ll leave you with his report. Goodnight!

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Peep peep! A solid start for Chelsea, even if the scoreline flatters them. Timo Werner looked sharp - he’s a velocista if ever I’ve seen one - and won the penalty that led to the opening goal from Jorginho. Leandro Trossard’s second-half equaliser, which Kepa might have saved, was followed almost instantly by a screamer from Reece James. After Lewis Dunk missed a sitter, Kurt Zouma’s deflected volley settled the match. Brighton deserved more, but who said life was fair.

90+2 min In other news.

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90+1 min Four minutes of added time.

90 min Kante’s chipped cross is cleared inside the six-yard box by Dunk, who takes a hit from Mount in the process.

89 min The match is petering out. Brighton were the better team for 66 minutes but the third goal broke them.

88 min “It seems a good season to be a James,” says Ian Copestake. “Not that I am bitter but I seem to recall a season that was a calamity for one so-named.”

87 min Azpilicueta has gone to right-back with James moving into midfield.

85 min “Something I feel I’ve noticed in Chelsea games is that the team will often end up passing the ball all the way back to the defenders, and from there to Kepa, who ends up spanking it forwards,” says Ed Wall. “This seems to happen frequently, and not just from normal buildup but with the team in decent positions high up the pitch. The players’ body shapes when receiving the ball even seem to be angling that way - as though going backwards is the first thought. They seem very risk averse. Do you think this is a sign of something of a lack of confidence, or is it a lack of coaching? It always seems to be inviting a certain amount of pressure. Reece James, for example (screamer aside) seems to be a prime culprit, which is bizarre when his crossing is so excellent.”

I can’t say I’d noticed that but it’s an interesting point, especially about the body shape. I’ll keep an eye out when I watch the match again tomorrow morning.

84 min There’s a break in play while Jorginho receives treatment. Cesar Azpilicueta is going to replace him, though it only looks like a precaution.

81 min Lamptey is booked for fouling Barkley.

80 min Connolly’s long-range shot is comfortably held by Kepa.

80 min And now a change for Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Kai Havertz, who made a subdued debut.

79 min A double change for Brighton: Pascal Gross and Ali Jahanbakhsh replace Alzate and the limping White.

77 min A deft touch from Havertz releases Kante and starts a Chelsea break. Barkley takes over, running 40 yards before slipping in Werner on the right side of the area. His shot is well blocked by the sliding White.

76 min March beats Havertz too easily this time and stands up a deep cross that is headed away by Alonso.

74 min Havertz diligently tracks March all the way back into his own area to make an important tackle.

74 min “Bournemouth were also a good side with a good coach and went down,” says Ian Copestake. “A common denominator is these are teams who buy players from Liverpool.”

Erm, what about Barcel- oh.

73 min For the first time in the game, Chelsea are comfortable. In fact they have a bit of a strut on.

72 min “One thing I would say about that Trossard goal Rob, and this is not to defend Kepa particularly, but that new Nike ball is really difficult,” says Martin Gamage. “My 15 yo son has played two games with it and it made him look like a chump both times. It can spit at the keeper when it bounces or it can fly unpredictably. He conceded one exactly like Kepa which seemed to ‘die’ in flight and slide under his gloves. Kepa won’t be the last to look stupid using it.”

That’s interesting and would explain it. It’s quite unusual to see a keeper dive over the ball like that.

71 min Trossard hits a dangerous cross towards Maupay that is very well defended by Christensen.

68 min “I saw a lot of people slotting Brighton for relegation in previews,” says Brad Wilson. “I didn’t think that sounded right, and on today’s evidence they look like a solid mid-table team. If Dunk had somehow not missed ...”

Yeah they’re a good, likeable side, very well coached. They need more penetration but I’d be pretty surprised if they went down.

And now Chelsea lead by two! James’s outswinging corner was volleyed optimistically towards goal by Zouma, 15 yards out, and the ball took a big deflection off Webster to wrongfoot Mat Ryan.

66 min James wins a corner off March. This is Chelsea’s best spell of the match.

64 min Havertz finds the overlapping James, who crosses low towards Werner at the near post. His imaginative flick behind the standing leg is blocked.

63 min We haven’t seen Trossard’s goal again. It did dip awkwardly in front of Kepa, but it was still a surprise when it ended up in the net.

61 min A Chelsea substitution: Ross Barkley replaces the disappointing Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

59 min: What a chance for Dunk! I don’t know how he has missed that. He was still forward from a free-kick when Trossard curled over a superb cross from the right. Dunk was unmarked at the far post, six yards out, but he tried to be too precise and headed wide.

58 min It’s very harsh on Brighton but that really was a magnificent goal.

Reece James restores Chelsea’s lead with a storming goal! Jorginho played a square pass to him, 30 yards from goal. James’s first touch into space was excellent: it moved the ball away from Alzate and gave him the room to run on and spank a spectacular drive into the top corner.

Pick that out!

The goal came after a very patient build-up. Eventually Lamptey pushed the ball back to Trossard, who swished a left-footed drive from 22 yards that sneaked into the bottom corner at the far post. That looked like an error from Kepa, who seemed to dive over the ball, though I’d like to see it again.

A deserved equaliser for Brighton!

53 min Havertz flicks a simple pass towards Zouma. Throw-in to Brighton. That sums up his night.

52 min It’s all Brighton at the moment. Chelsea’s attacking-midfield trio of Mount, Loftus-Cheek and Havertz have done nothing so far.

49 min: A fantastic run from Lamptey almost brings an equaliser! He charged infield from the right, zig-zagged between Alonso and Mount at the corner of the area and smashed a shot that deflected behind off Zouma. Having beaten the two men on the edge of the area he should probably have picked out the unmarked Connolly, but you can understand the appeal of trying to score against his old club. He is such an exciting player.

48 min This is a really good start from Brighton. Alzate slides a nice pass into the area for Connolly, who takes it in his stride and hits a shot that is well blocked by James.

47 min March swaggers down the left and hits a very sharp cross to the near post. Connolly gets away from Christensen - too easily, truth be telt - but the cross is so fast that he can’t sort his body out in time. It hits his chest and goes behind.

46 min Peep peep!

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“Just wait until some boffin comes up with an Expected Net Spend metric,” says Matt Dony. “‘Club Y only bought a reserve right winger, but their xNS was considerably higher because of their charismatic coach and attractive training facilities.’ I can almost see the spreadsheets now.”

Net spend (the end) “Has Mr Radcliffe failed to notice that Chelsea have spent nothing the last two transfer windows, have sold their (arguably) best player in Hazard, plus Morata, and might have a few quid rattling around the piggybank?” asks Julian Menz.

And with that, no mas. We’ll just end up calling each other bad words.

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Half-time chit-chat

“Hasn’t Mary Waltz seen the much-publicised net spend table doing the rounds?” says Jonathan Radcliffe. “I think Liverpool’s was £23m over the last four seasons. Think Klopp was spot on if that’s anywhere near accurate.”

Peep peep! Chelsea lead through Jorginho’s penalty, won by the impressive Timo Werner after a mistake from Steven Alzate. It’s been a pretty even game between two good passing sides, but Werner has looked by far the most penetrative player on the pitch.

45+2 min: Good effort from Werner! He has looked so sharp tonight. He runs past Dunk on the left side of the area, shapes to cross and then drives a surprise shot towards the near post from a very tight angle. Ryan dives to his right to push it behind.

45+1 min Four minutes of added time. Connolly has gone up front, with Trossard dropping back into midfield.

45 min Poor Adam Lallana is going off. He doesn’t look in much pain, at least not physically, which suggests he has tweaked something. Aaron Connolly replaces him.

44 min Lallana is down, which is a worrying sign given his problems in recent years.

42 min Werner feeds the ball into Loftus-Cheek near the halfway line and sets off in support. Suddenly Chelsea have a two-on-one, but Loftus-Cheek’s attempted pass through to Werner is crucially blocked by the well positioned White. Werner really is lightning fast.

42 min Newsigningswatch: Werner dangerous, Lallana bright, Havertz anonymous.

39 min “Maupay seems to be settled at Brighton,” says Peter Oh, “but if he wants even mo’ pay he might consider a move to Chelsea.”

Ho-honk!

38 min Apart from giving away that eminently avoidable penalty, Brighton have probably been the better team.

37 min “I admire Klopp but I think he stepped in it with his gripe about Chelsea spending,” says Mary Waltz. “The big six have more cash to splash then quite a few clubs.”

I’m quite enjoying the nascent needle between the clubs, especially as they play each other this weekend.

36 min Lallana breaks forward and flicks a nice pass through to Maupay, whose first touch is just too soft and allows a couple of Chelsea defenders to crowd him out. Had he pushed it into the space he would have had a shot at goal.

35 min: Good effort from Alzate! That would have made up for his mistake. He moved smoothly past two Chelsea players in midfield and rifled a right-footed drive from distance that was pushed away by the diving Kepa. The rebound came to March, whose follow-up was blocked by James.

33 min The impressive Lamptey nutmegs Alonso, forcing Jorginho to cover and concede a corner. March drives it deep, Kepa fresh-airs his punch but gets away with it when the ball clears White.

32 min Maupay is back on, though he’s moving a little gingerly.

30 min Zouma accidentally treads on the back of Maupay’s foot, and there’s a break in play while Maupay is treated. That looked pretty painful.

30 min Werner has looked much livelier than Havertz, which is probably a reflection of how long they have been at the club. Havertz has only been training for a week or so whereas Werner had a full pre-season, such as it was.

28 min We’ve just seen a replay of the penalty incident. There wasn’t much contact between Ryan and Werner, but probably enough for a penalty. I do feel a bit sorry for keepers in that situation, though, because Werner could have avoided contact if necessary.

27 min “4231?” says Peter Oh. “Is that Chelsea’s formation, or what they spent this summer, in millions of pounds?”

26 min: Chance for Maupay! The dynamic wing-back Lamptey put over a delicious first-time cross from the right. It cleared Zouma and reached Maupay, who mistimed his attempted header from six yards. The ball hit his shoulder and looped into the loving embrace of Kepa. In Maupay’s defence, it was slightly behind him.

25 min Lallana finds Alzate in space on the edge of the area. He takes a touch and hits a firm shot that is blocked. Chelsea break dangerously through Werner, whose low shot from the right side of the box hits Dunk. Werner didn’t really get hold of it.

24 min John Beck’s Cambridge never gave away penalties like that.

It was a typical Jorginho penalty. He waited for Ryan to dive to his left and slid the ball the other way.

Jorginho scores!

22 min Alzate played a loose square pass that was intercepted by Jorginho, 30 yards from goal. He quickly moved it forward to Werner, who went round Ryan and was fouled.

PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Werner has been brought down by Ryan.

20 min A beautiful bit of interplay between Alzate, March and Trossard, who surges into the area and hits a speculative low cross that is cleared by Mount.

19 min Mount’s inswinging cross is flicked on by Werner towards Havertz. Webster gets in front of him to intercept and the ball loops through to the keeper Ryan.

15 min Maupay wins a corner down the right for Brighton. March’s deep corner is headed away as far as Bissouma on the edge of the area. He swishes it back across to the unmarked Trossard on the other side of the area, but his first-time cross is straight at Kante.

13 min Timo Werner looks sharp. Kai Havertz hasn’t seen much of the ball so far.

10 min Not much is happening. Both teams are passing the ball nicely but harmlessly. In other news, Jude Bellingham has scored on his Borussia Dortmund debut.

30 | HEY JUDE!!!

ON HIS DEBUT!!!#MSVBVB 0-2 pic.twitter.com/GXAKDWayWO

6 min Brighton have started well. They have some really nice footballers in their team; with a greater cutting edge they could finish in the top half.

5 min Webster swans forward from defence and drives over the bar from 25 yards. It’s another reminder of Brighton’s progressive approach.

3 min Werner slides a dangerous low cross that just evades Mount. It wouldn’t have counted as Werner was flagged offside after the event.

2 min Chelsea are playing a 4-2-3-1, with Loftus-Cheek ahead of Kante and Jorginho and Havertz on the right. Brighton’s formation is a straight 3-5-2.

1 min Peep peep! After both sets of players take a knee, Brighton kick off from left to right.

Brighton are wearing their new home strip, the best of all this season’s kits for my money, not that I’ll be spending any on it. Chelsea are wearing this.

The players are in the tunnel, ready for another season. Right Here, Right Now is on the tannoy. It’s business o’clock.

Sheffield United 0-2 Wolves was the score in the early game. Wolves were 2-0 up inside six minutes: Raul Jimenez’s high-class finish was followed by a header from Romain Saiss.

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“It’s nice to see Lampard mixing four academy graduates with the new toys,” says Roberto Álvarez. Unfortunately, where Caballero or Mendy should be, there is a kind of friendly looking Spaniard warming up. Seems like a good guy. Don’t know if he can parry a ball though.”

“Kindly explain,” says Kalema Leon, “the meaning of ‘mouthwatometer’.”

Well, it’s an ometer that tells you how much your mouth is watering. I broke mine the first time I smelt the bone marrow gravy at the Hawksmoor.

Pre-match business

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“Ok,” says Rob Coughlin, “I thought Pulisic was fit again? Wa’happened?”

I haven’t a clue. You’re welcome! (I thought he’d be on the bench as well.)

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz start for Chelsea, as do Adam Lallana and Ben White for Brighton. The rest of the Chelsea’s summer signings are either injured or not match-fit. Their next signing, Edouard Mendy, will have his gloves kept warm by Kepa.

Brighton (3-5-2) Ryan; White, Dunk, Webster; Lamptey, Lallana, Bissouma, Alzate, March; Maupay, Trossard.
Substitutes: Steele, Burn, Veltman, Stephens, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Connolly.

Hello. At the start of a new season, there’s always a unique buzz around the team that has spent the most money. This year it’s Chelsea, who have divested themselves of around £200m to sign some serious talent. The most eye-catching signings are Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, the two best young players in Germany, but Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech also register pretty highly on the mouthwatometer.

It’s arguably Chelsea’s most exciting spree since 2003, when a newly rich club bought 42 per cent of the registered professional footballers on the planet. The new team gelled pretty quickly: that season Chelsea finished second and reached the Champions League semi-final, and their manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

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Chelsea v Liverpool tactical preview: Defence could be an afterthought in another gung-ho encounter 
Liverpool travel to Chelsea on the second weekend of the season in what could already be billed as a pivotal clash. Both teams have title aspirations but have yet to convince after the opening weekend.

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'He had a poor game... he didn't seem to care': Paul Merson SLAMS Kai Havertz for his Chelsea debut
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Fans can be 'safer' watching matches in stadiums than in their own LIVING ROOMS, claims Brighton CEO
The top flight released a statement on Thursday which reiterated their desire for fans to return from October 1 - although a recent rise in coronavirus infections may see their hopes scuppered.

Transfer news RECAP: Latest Premier League and European club signings, deals and gossip
Sportsmail's DANIEL DAVIS will provide live updates from the Premier League and Europe as clubs continue to wrap up signings during this summer transfer window.

Brighton signing this £5m Belgian star would bolster an area that lacks strength and depth right now

Why Brighton should make a move for Jordan Lukaku According to Brighton and Hove Independent, Brighton are interested in signing Jordan Lukaku in a bid to bolster their backline. The report suggests that Lukaku is keen on a move to the Premier League and Lazio are willing to sell him for £5m. However, the Seagulls […] More

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West Ham signing this 25-year-old Brighton ace would be a good addition to their defence

Why West Ham should complete a raid on Brighton for Bernardo Bernardo Fernandes is the subject of interest from various clubs including West Ham United, according to Sky Sports. The Brighton left-back is being offered to clubs on loan or permanent basis. As per the source, Istanbul Basaksehir and Newcastle are the other two clubs […] More

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Brighton signing this 26-year-old Colombian star would be a fantastic move

Why Wilmar Barrios would be a good signing for Brighton According to Don Balon (h/t Sussex Live), Brighton and Hove Albion have been linked with a move for Colombian international midfielder Wilmar Barrios, who currently plies his trade with Russia heavyweights Zenit St.Petersburg. As per the report, the 26-year-old wants to quit Zenit due to […] More

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Why Brighton’s deal for highly talented 22-year-old rising star is a welcome move

Why a new deal for Ben White is a step in the right direction by Brighton According to The Guardian, Brighton defender Ben White has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2024. The report suggests that White has agreed to a new four-year deal and has committed his […] More

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Brighton signing this 23-year-old Ligue 1 ace would be a fantastic addition to their attack

Why Brighton should go all out and sign Boulaye Dia According to L’Equipe (h/t Burnley Express), Brighton have made an inquiry over the possibility of signing Reims star Boulaye Dia in this summer. The report suggests that the Seagulls could face competition to secure his services as French outfit Marseille are also interested in signing […] More

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Brighton signing this 23-year-old Championship playoff finalist would be a fantastic addition

Why Rico Henry would be a fantastic fit at Brighton According to The Sun, Brighton & Hove Albion are plotting a move for 23-year-old Brentford star Rico Henry ahead of the new campaign. The report suggests that Graham Potter is keen on a left-back who can also operate as wing-back and Henry is one of […] More

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