Chelsea v Brighton: Champions should have few problems overcoming Seagulls

Antonio Conte raises a glass of sparkling wine

That means Eden Hazard should move back out to the wing after the Belgian superstar played in a more central role at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton, on the other hand, recorded what was only their 5th Premier League victory of the season last week against Watford, ending a almost 2-month-long spell of 7 games without a victory.

Defender David Luiz is still ruled out and midfielder Charly Musonda is absent because of a groin problem. Alvaro Morata is available for selection after serving his one match suspension so as a result, Chelsea will mostly switch back to the 3-5-2 formation.

Willian may be the man to make way with Pedro keeping his place in the attack while Michy Batshuayi will provide a striking option from the bench once again.

"I watched them against Burnley when they should have been two or three up, but missed a penalty, drew 0-0 and were hanging on at the end".

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Chelsea have won eight of their last 11 games in the Premier League (D2, L1). Glenn Murray has continued his good scoring form as he has netted five goals this season, however, it is a concern that Anthony Knockaert has just one goal and one assist in 1336 minutes this season, with the forward an integral part of Brighton last campaign.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches on Boxing day.

Antonio Conte's side have been unable to live with Manchester City's relentless form this season although Chelsea's title defence has certainly not been anything like the disastrous one served up under Jose Mourinho in the 2015-16 campaign. Backing the hosts to be ahead at half-time and full-time offers a bigger price on the favourites and looks a solid option in a match which is expected to be a comfortable Chelsea win. "I think we were a bit unlucky with a few balls that were saved on the line", Courtois said.

Chelsea's failure to score against Everton was the second time in four league games that they have failed to score. Huddersfield are the only other newly promoted side that are above Brighton, with last season's play-off winners a point above, while Newcastle have been struggling and it took a huge win in their last game to get them out of the relegation zone.

Brighton are 14/1 to pull off a shock victory at Stamford Bridge.

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