With Christmas just around the corner, the Premier League really is into the festive swing of the things as the halfway mark of the season fast approaches - but will it be Brighton or Chelsea who pick up an early present this year?
The Seagulls have taken two wins in their last three games under Chris Hughton, losing only to Burnley in that period, and sit nestled in 13th in the top flight - not quite in the thick of a battle for survival but still close enough to be concerned.
The Blues meanwhile may have only mustered a 2-2 draw in Europe against Vidi earlier this week, but after they became the first side to hand a domestic defeat to champions Manchester City last weekend, Maurizio Sarri will be expecting his team to hold onto their top-four spot this afternoon.
Which side will snatch the prize parcel under the tree this year at the Amex Stadium? And which will be left with a lump of coal?
|Game||Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea|
|Date||Sunday, December 16|
|Time||1:30pm GMT / 8:30am ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports Live||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on telelvision or livestreamed, though Goal will be providing minute-by-minute live text commentary.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Brighton and Hove Albion squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ryan, Steele, Button|
|Defenders||Bruno, Dunk, Balogun, Bernardo, White, Montoya, Bong, Suttner|
|Midfielders||Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Gross, March, Kayal, Bissouma, Dreyer|
|Forwards||Murray, Locadia, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Andone|
Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper; Knockaert, Gross, March; Murray.
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Green|
|Defenders||Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Emerson, Christensen, Ampadu, Zappacosta|
|Midfielders||Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Drinkwater, Barkley, Fabregas|
|Forwards||Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Hudson-Odoi|
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.
Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are favourites to win at odds of 9/20 at bet365 . A draw is 7/2 while a victory for Brighton is 15/2.
It's been a month of mixed fortunes for Chelsea, but Maurizio Sarri looks to have quashed any talk of the honeymoon bubble being burst following last weekend's emphatic win over Manchester City.
The Blues downed the Champions 2-0 in a fine display to put to bed the spectre of defeats against Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves that had brought the former Napoli man's tactics into question.
Now, they know they can hold onto a top four spot - barring a five-goal swing in victory for Arsenal against Southampton - with a win against Brighton and Hove Albion on the south coast at the Amex Stadium.
Chris Hughton's Seagulls host their opponents as they look to secure a return to winning ways themselves, having seen a first loss in three games against Burnley last time out.
They had previously put Huddersfield and Crystal Palace to the sword in their last two encounters before the Clarets turned them over at Turf Moor
Their manager will know that victory would put them eight points clear of Newcastle, in 14th place, hauling them away from a potential relegation dogfight as they head towards the new year.
Both sides are missing some key men however, with Shane Duffy out for the hosts following suspension, serving the second match of a three game ban.
Chelsea meanwhile are still without England man Gary Cahill, with Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata also out of action for this weekend's clash.
The visitors won this tie 4-0 last season - though that loss did spark a five-game unbeaten run for Albion in its aftermath that likely secured their safety in the Premier League.