Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to London rivals West Ham last weekend as they face newly-promoted Luton Town at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
After a promising opening day against Liverpool, Chelsea were brought back down to Earth with a bump against West Ham as Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 3-1 at the London Stadium.
At 1-1, Enzo Fernandez squandered the chance to put the Blues in front from the penalty spot, and that proved to be costly as goals from Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta secured all three points for the Hammers.
That showcased just how much work there still is to do for Pochettino to unpick the mess of last season and there is still a way to go before they are a competitive force at the top of the Premier League once again.
Carney Chukwuemeka, who was Chelsea’s goalscorer at the weekend, was forced off at half-time and was added to a growing injury list for the Blues which includes Christoper Nkunku, Reece James and Wesley Fofana.
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MAR 2022 FA CUP Luton 2-3 Chelsea
JAN 2021 FA CUP Chelsea 3-1 Luton
APR 1994 FA CUP Chelsea 2-0 Luton
DEC 1991 DIVISION ONE Luton 2-0 Chelsea
AUG 1991 DIVISION ONE Chelsea 4-1 Luton
APR 1991 DIVISION ONE Chelsea 3-3 Luton
FEB 1991 ZENITH DATA SYTEMS CUP Chelsea 1-1 Luton
DEC 1990 DIVISION ONE Luton 2-0 Chelsea
APR 1990 DIVISION ONE Chelsea 1-0 Luton
DEC 1989 DIVISION ONE Luton 0-3 Chelsea
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Luton were dealt a very harsh early lesson in how hard this Premier League campaign is going to be on the opening day as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion.
Goals from Solly March, Joao Pedro, Simon Adingra and Evan Ferguson secured maximum points for the Seagulls, giving them the perfect start to the season whilst condemning the Hatters to their first defeat of the campaign.
Due to continued work on their stadium, Luton’s match last weekend was postponed and as such will be itching to get back out there and put their opening day loss right. Despite Chelsea’s troubles over the past twelve months, though, it will be a tough challenge for them.
Chelsea are still in transition and so I am not expecting a perfect performance from them, which is why I can see Luton getting on the scoresheet, but I do think they have enough quality to see off the newly-promoted side. I am backing Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 2/1 and I also like the look of Nicolas Jackson to score first at 11/4 with starsports.bet.
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