Chelsea will be looking to solidify their top-four credentials when they welcome Premier League newcomers Brighton to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day. The Blues are inside the top three of the Premier League and have had to handle the extra fixtures this season in the Champions League.
'When we lost against West Ham we did not have a good game.
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.
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Chelsea have won all four of their previous league matches against Brighton, though this will be the first such meeting since March 1989 in the second tier. But the Seagulls' problems have been in front of goal with the team struggling to break down opponents. We started a bit slow and were not as strong as they were, and they won that game.
Brighton, though, head into the game full of confidence having secured an important 1-0 win over Watford at the Amex Stadium at the weekend. Twenty-five shots was their highest tally in a Premier League game without scoring since January 2014. Hughton has prioritised bringing in a striker in next month's transfer window and this could have a significant bearing on their chances of avoiding relegation this season.
Chelsea are coming off of a frustrating draw against Everton, which saw them drop another 2 points unnecessarily yet again, putting them 16 points behind Manchester City.
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But games aren't won on paper and despite the quality within Antonio Conte's ranks, they haven't been in the best of form this season.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches on Boxing day.
Brighton are seen as huge outsiders for this game and are available to back at [18.0]. Brighton will take inspiration from the likes of Burnley and Crystal Palace and fancy themselves to come away from Stamford Bridge with a result. Even at massive odds, there is no temptation to back Brighton to stun the champions. With this in mind, Chelsea host Brighton on Tuesday. The Blues can be expected to get off to a fast start against Brighton and it will be hard for the visitors to keep them out. Chelsea dominated the match but were wasteful with their numerous chances.
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