?Chelsea host Brighton on Boxing Day, with the Blues knowing that a win would bring them level on points with Manchester United.
Here is the best potential lineup for the match…
?Belgian Thibaut Courtois is set to begin in goal. The shot stopper has been in top form this season and has featured in every Premier League game for the Blues.
Dane Andreas Christensen has done extremely well since stepping in for David Luiz in recent months. Many thought that the ?Chelsea back line would struggle without the influential Brazilian, however his Danish teammate has proved to be a more than adequate replacement.
German Antonio Rudiger’s start at Stamford Bridge wasn’t the best by any stretch of the imagination, however after a consistent run in the Blues starting eleven, the ex-Roma man has found his feet and become a key man for Antonio Conte.
Last season, Victor Moses was an ever present for Chelsea, and the balance that he and Marcos Alonso brought to the team was crucial to their success. Moses has missed a fair bit of this season through injury, and it is no surprise that the Blues struggled without him in the team.
Since the return of the Nigerian, Chelsea have become more balanced and have shown glimpses of why they won the title last campaign.?
?After serving a suspension, Spaniard Alvaro Morata is set to return up front. Eden Hazard, who filled in for Morata, is likely to be moved to his favored position on the left-wing, with ex-Barcelona man Pedro on the right hand-side.
Despite this front three being Chelsea’s best, expect Conte to make changes if the Blues take a commanding lead early on, as he looks to give his key players a small bit of rest in order to get the best out of them for the busy Christmas period.