Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Brighton

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  • Brighton hasn’t beaten Chelsea since first meeting in 1933
  • Sides haven’t met since 1989 (1-0 Blues win)
  • Chelsea have won five straight at Stamford Bridge
  • Brighton is winless in seven of its last eight

Chelsea will take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day from Stamford Bridge (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold and online via NBCSports.com).

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Blues manager Antonio Conte receives a lift in his attack as Alvaro Morata is eligible to return from his one-match suspension. Chelsea will need their Spanish goalscorer to be firing on all cylinders, with the club finding the net just once in its last two league matches.

Meanwhile, Brighton will also get a key player back as Shane Duffy returns from his suspension.

What they’re saying

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte on the club’s winter transfer window plans“If there is the possibility to improve the squad on the numerical aspect, I think it would be a good choice. But, at the same time, I’m enjoying working with these players. At this moment, I’m ready to continue to play with all these players.”

Chris Hughton on being the underdog against Chelsea“We go to Chelsea knowing in most people’s minds it is difficult to get a result there. There aren’t too many who will expect that but that’s the challenge, and for this club and these players these are the challenges we have been looking forward to the most. In the other big games, apart from Liverpool [a 5-1 defeat], we have been in the games.”

Prediction

The Blues have been wildly inconsistent, but Alvaro Morata’s reemergence gives the team a noticeable presence up front against Brighton — who have had their own share of stuggles of late. Chelsea 2-0 Brighton