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Chelsea's predicted XI: Alvaro Morata's return is Conte's best Christmas gift

25 December 2017

Chelsea (12-3-4) have lost only one of their last 11 league matches, but Saturday's scoreless draw against a rejuvenated Sam Allardyce-led Everton squad at Goodison Park was a less-than-ideal result for Conte.

Chelsea have everyone else available apart from Charly Musonda and David Luiz, who is out with a long-term knee injury.

Attack: Alvaro Morata is back in contention after serving a one-game suspension against Everton so the Spanish worldwide should come straight back in to the starting eleven against Brighton.

Thibaut Courtois collected his 50th clean sheet for Chelsea, but felt his side deserved the points. One player that has been particularly impressive of late is Willian. Shane Duffy's availability after suspension will certainly come as a boost for the the Seagulls.

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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.

Brighton have scored only 1 goal against Chelsea in their last 6 appearances.

Antoinio Rudiger is the man most likely to make way if Conte recalls Cahill as Andreas Christensen has done exceptionally well since coming in to the side while Cesar Azpilicueta is one of Chelsea's most consistent players.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches on Boxing day. 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. Chelsea had an astounding 25 shots, of which only 8 were on goal against Everton.

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Jonathan Pearce: "With the teams around them in the table all having winnable-looking back-to-back games to round off 2017, Chelsea must take advantage of this game, and Stoke at home on Saturday".

The west London side's draw with Everton caused them to fall even further behind in the race for the title, with the Blues now 16 points behind leaders Manchester City after 19 games of the new campaign.

"Brighton have got bigger games over Christmas than this and you will find some teams will rest players for bigger games". It is very hard to make a case for the visitors pulling off an upset at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea's predicted XI: Alvaro Morata's return is Conte's best Christmas gift