Thomas Tuchel side are set to host the Seagulls at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, December 29 (KO 7:30pm UK time). Here are the team news and probable lineup.
Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have most likely finished their Covid-19 isolation. They are expected to be in contention to feature but there has been no official update confirming this.
Kai Havertz has been spotted in training after recovering from illness and Covid-19.
N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva picked up injuries against Aston Villa. They are unlikely to be available on Wednesday, although the Frenchman was spotted in training on Tuesday.
Callum Hudson-Odoi may not be 100 per cent fit. The forward was ‘shattered’ after playing the entirety of the Villa game, by his own admission.
Ben Chilwell is ruled out until the end of the season.
Yves Bissouma returns from suspension for Brighton.
Leandro Trossard and Joel Veltman are both doubts.
Lewis Dunk and Jeremy Sarmiento remain on the treatment table and won’t feature against Chelsea.
Predicted Chelsea lineup
Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount.