Brighton vs Chelsea LIVE: talkSPORT commentary for New Year’s Day opener as Christian Pulisic returns for v

Brighton and Chelsea go head-to-head on the south coast this lunchtime to kick-off the Premier League action on New Year’s Day.

A new decade is upon us and the top-flight is set for a bumper day – with talkSPORT bringing you all NINE games exclusively LIVE.

Brighton and Chelsea both won last time out, against Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively, and will now face off at the Amex looking to make the perfect start to 2020.

talkSPORT will bring you all the latest from Brighton as our New Year’s GameDay special gets under way.

Graham Potter has made two changes to his Brighton starting XI, with Adam Webster and Steven Alzate coming into the team.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, has made three changes to his side.

Christian Pulisic starts having been absent from the squad against Arsenal due to a hamstring problem, while Reece James also returns from injury.

Jorginho starts in midfield after his game-changing display against Arsenal as a substitute.

Youngster Tariq Lamptey is again on the bench, but there is no place in the matchday squad for Fikayo Tomori.

Brighton vs Chelsea: How to listen

The Premier League clash will get under way at 12:30pm on Wednesday, January 1.

Full commentary from the Amex will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Adrian Durham will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Nigel Adderley and Alvin Martin for our live and exclusive commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Brighton vs Chelsea: What has been said?

Brighton boss Graham Potter: “I could waste a lot of energy and time worrying about the league table. All I can do is to help the players to win the next match.

“That has always been my approach. Rather than get on that external rollercoaster of noise, we just focus on the next training session and the next game – and try and improve.

“Home form is vital because when you go away it’s difficult in the Premier League.

“We have had a bit more time to recover since Saturday – four days almost feels like a holiday! But it’s nice to play that game after getting three points.”

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea won last time out

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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea won last time out

Brighton vs Chelsea: Match stats

  • Brighton’s only victory in any competition against Chelsea came in the FA Cup in January 1933 (2-1) – since then they’ve drawn one and lost 11 of their 12 meetings.
  • Chelsea have won all nine of their league meetings with Brighton – the best such 100% record in English football league history.
  • Brighton have only lost their first league game of a calendar year in one of the last 10 years (W6 D3), going down 0-1 at home to Wolves on New Year’s Day in 2016.
  • This is Chelsea’s first Premier League game on New Year’s Day since 2015, when they lost 3-5 at Tottenham under José Mourinho. Indeed, the Blues have only won their first league game of a calendar year once in the last five years (D2 L2 – 3-0 vs Crystal Palace in 2016).
  • 1st January 2020 marks exactly 10,000 days since the start of the Premier League (15th August 1992). 49 clubs have played in the competition, with Chelsea one of just six to have played in every single season since its inception (Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur).
  • Brighton have won just one of their 17 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the top four of the table (D2 L14), losing each of their last 11 in a row since beating Man Utd 1-0 in May 2018.
  • Chelsea have won seven of their last nine away Premier League games (L2) – only Liverpool (25) have more away points than the Blues this season (21).
  • Brighton have never won a Premier League match in January in eight attempts (D3 L5) – there are only two instances of teams playing more in a month without winning; Brighton themselves in April (10) and Hull City in May (16).
  • Brighton midfielder Aaron Mooy scored his first Premier League goal since April in their 2-0 win over Bournemouth, ending a run of 17 games and 17 shots without a goal; the Australian also created five chances in the match, more than any other player.
  • Tammy Abraham’s 12 Premier League goals have been worth 12 points to Chelsea so far this season – no other players goals have been more valuable to their side (level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane).

Jorginho and Willian saw Chelsea past Brighton in September

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Jorginho and Willian saw Chelsea past Brighton in September

Brighton vs Chelsea: Line-ups

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Propper, Bissouma, Alzate, Mooy, Trossard, Maupay. Subs: Duffy, Stephens, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Button, Bernardo, Connolly.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham. Subs: Christensen, Caballero, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Emerson Palmieri, Lamptey.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)