?The Premier League returns on Saturday with more football to follow the football that happened last weekend.
Among the fixtures on offer is the Blues of Chelsea against the stripes of Brighton in a match that will go down in history as one of the many football matches happening this weekend.
Mitchell and Webb aside, ?Chelsea will be looking for a first league win of the season, although there may be fatigue in the ranks as a result of incessant laughter at ?Tottenham’s midweek misfortune at Colchester. Their visitors, meanwhile, will be looking for their first victory since the opening day.
So what is the best way to prepare for a likely forgettable ?Premier League encounter between to average teams? That’s right, stats! Here are Opta‘s best facts ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
11-1 on Aggregate
The Seagulls were also defeated in their four previous meetings in the second tier between 1983 and 1989.
The signs are good for the visitors then… [insert clenched teeth emoji]
Unwanted Record Breakers?
A defeat for Brighton would set a record since the Football League began in 1888 for most games against an opponent while losing each game (currently eight defeats) – Bournemouth also lost all eight of their games against Wimbledon between 1977 and 1984.
Eight plus one = nine, and therefore Brighton will inherently become Chelsea’s whipping boys.
Brighton’s Barren Road
They have failed to score in five of their last seven away league games (W1 D3 L3).
Since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2017 only Huddersfield (23) have failed to score in more away games than the Seagulls (22). And we all know what happened to Huddersfield, don’t we lads.
Tammy’s Bogey Team
HOWEVER, based on one of those quirks of football that actually means absolutely nothing, Brighton may be offered a reprieve from Chelsea’s top goalscorer.
While he may have
Lamps Seeks Home Comforts
The last time they failed to win any of their first four at Stamford Bridge in a league season was 1986-87.
The Big Bad Six
In fact, they have only picked up a single point on their travels against the country’s top dogs.
In 13 matches their record is W0 D1 L12. [Insert another gritted teeth emoji].
Long gone are the days of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and
Chelsea have shipped 13 Premier League goals so far this season and are yet to Kepa (get it) clean sheet.The last time they failed to keep a single clean sheet in their opening seven games to a top-flight season was in 1990-91.