Chelsea begin the new Premier League season with a trip to the Amex Stadium to play Brighton on Monday.
Ahead of the game against Brighton on Monday, Mark Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to beat Brighton 2-0.
“If he stays fit, Adam Lallana will give Brighton something a bit different in midfield – he is a very clever player,” Lawrenson told BBC.
“We already know the Seagulls are solid at the back and I look at them as being capable of finishing top of the bottom eight – or out of trouble in other words.
“This is a tricky opener for them, though. Yes, Chelsea’s new signings will take a little bit of time to gel, but you just know they are going to have a good season because they have so many good players.
“N’Golo Kante’s future with the Blues is still uncertain, which would ordinarily be a blow. But it seems like Lampard has a replacement lined up in the shape of West Ham’s Declan Rice, who would be another excellent buy.”
Lawrenson’s prediction: Brighton 0-2 Chelsea.