We’re at the halfway point of the season.
The festivities are done.
Back to the football.
Here we go.
Chelsea starting lineup (3-5-2):
Courtois | Rüdiger, Cahill (c), Azpilicueta | Alonso, Bakayoko, Kanté, Fàbregas, Moses | Hazard, Morata
Substitutes from: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi
Brighton & Hove Albion starting lineup (4-5-1):
Ryan | Suttner, Dunk (c), Duffy Schelotto | Izquierdo, Kayal, Propper, Stephens, March | Hemed
Substitutes from: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Knockaert, Groß, Murray, Baldock
Date / Time: Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 15.00 GMT; 10am EST; 8:30pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Mike Dean
On TV: none (UK); none (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: NBC Sports Gold (USA); Hotstar (India)
Chelsea back in the 3-5-2 as expected, with Bakayoko preferred over Drinkwater in midfield and both Cahill and Rüdiger starting with Christensen missing entirely from the matchday squad (presumably injured or ill). Cahill takes the center spot.
UPDATE: Chelsea confirm illness.
Andreas Christensen is unavailable for today's game due to illness. #CHEBHA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2017
Brighton meanwhile leave both Groß and Knockaert on the bench. Their defensive intentions are pretty clear from that.
COME ON, CHELSEA!