Blues fans here in the Tavern are eager to carry some momentum into the New Year, with a top 4 spot far from guaranteed for Antonio Conte’s men.
Indeed, with an ambitious owner like Roman Abramovich watching down from the private box, the Italian will need to do all he can to bring Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, with anything less than that likely to result in his sacking.
In what has been a very busy festive period so far, Chelsea can’t afford for any more slip-ups if they are to catch the runaway train that is Manchester City, but with other trophies still up for grabs, they’ll be looking to add another piece of silverware to their cabinet come May time.
Their Boxing Day clash this year sees them entertain Chris Hughton and his Brighton and Hove Albion side, a team that’s flirting with the relegation zone after some troubling times in their first season in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, with the Blues fans expecting nothing less than a dominating win, if Conte fields this starting XI, then Chelsea will destroy Brighton.
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