Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion – 101 Great Goals prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Brighton
Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw last time out at Everton but a much improved performance can be expected with the return of Alvaro Morata.
Brighton have so far failed to pick up a single point against top six opposition this season.
Chelsea vs Brighton: Who will win?
Chelsea are strong favourites to win this match, they are rated at 1/6 by Paddy Power.
Brighton are 14/1 to pull off a shock victory at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard to score two or more against Brighton is 13/2 with Paddy Power.
Chelsea vs Brighton: Premier League preview
Premier League champions Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
Antonio Conte’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at Everton on Saturday, ending a run of three straight victories. Chelsea dominated the match but were wasteful with their numerous chances.
If Chelsea thought they were in the title race, then Saturday’s stalemate confirms they aren’t any longer. The Blues are now 16 points behind leaders Man City at Christmas.
Still, Chelsea will want to at least catch Manchester United, who they are currently three points behind.
Brighton ended a seven-match winless run on Saturday, beating Watford 1-0 at the Amex. Pascal Gross scored his fourth goal of the season in the second half to lift Chris Hughton’s side up to 12th.
Only Crystal Palace and West Brom have scored fewer away goals this season than Brighton, who have blanked in each of their last three away outings.
Chelsea team news vs Brighton
Alvaro Morata will start up front after missing out against the Toffees due to suspension.
Chelsea have everyone else available apart from Charly Musonda and David Luiz, who is out with a long-term knee injury.
Due to the congested fixture list, Conte could opt to make a few changes, particularly in central midfield.
Brighton team news vs Chelsea
Izzy Brown is ineligible to face his parent club.
Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell is ruled out with a lower back injury.
Shane Duffy is available again after returning from suspension.
Chelsea predicted line-up vs Brighton
Brighton predicted line-up vs Chelsea
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.