Chelsea will be looking to build on their excellent 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Sunday when they make the trip to the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Day to face Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Blues looked dead and buried with seven minutes to go in North London at the weekend but late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham turned the game in their favour.
Frank Lampard’s men must now take on a Brighton & Hove Albion side who won for the first time in five attempts on Saturday when they saw off AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion go into the match with continued problems out wide. Wingers Solly March and Jose Izquierdo missed the victory over The Cherries through injury and they will again be sidelined as The Seagulls face Chelsea. Albion boss Graham Potter has no new injury concerns to contend with.
Chelsea manager Lampard must again do without the services of defenders Marcos Alonso and Reece James with the pair not yet fit enough to return. Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains the club’s long term absentee.
Defender Cesar Azpilicueta has a knock but is likely to play while midfielder Christian Pulisic is believed to be fit to feature.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm and will be screened live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.