Antonio Conte's side are just three points behind the Red Devils and they will hope to keep the pressure on throughout the busy winter period.
The Blues are currently on a four-match unbeaten streak and, while they were frustrated against Everton in their last outing, they will be confident of collecting maximum points at home.
|Game||Chelsea vs Brighton|
|Date||Tuesday, December 26|
|Time||15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the United States (US), the game is not being broadcast live on television but it can be streamed online using the NBC Sports Gold package.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold|
The game is not being shown live in the United Kingdom (UK) but highlights will be available to watch on BBC. Goal will have live updates here.
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Baba|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Willian, Scott, Hudson-Odoi|
Chelsea will be without the services of David Luiz, who is recovering from a knee injury, while Charly Musonda is nursing a groin issue and will not be fit enough.
The good news for Conte is that Alvaro Morata is available again having served a suspension.
Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Christensen, Azpilicueta, Cahill; Alonso, Zappacosta; Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro; Morata.
|Goalkeepers||Ryan, Krul, Maenpaa|
|Defenders||Bruno, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Goldson, Hunemeier, Schelotto, Rosenior, Suttner, Mateju|
|Midfielders||Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Gross, Murphy, March, Propper, Molumby, Ahannach, Hutchinson|
|Forwards||Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Izquierdo|
The notable absentee for Brighton is on-loan forward Izzy Brown, who cannot play against his parent club Chelsea. Former Blues midfielder Steve Sidwell is also unavailable as he struggles to overcome a back injury.
Chris Hughton will, however, be able to call upon Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy, who returns to the fold after serving a one-match ban.
Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Stephens, Gross, March, Knockaert; Hemed.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Chelsea are 2/9 favourites according to dabblebet, with Brighton priced at 14/1 to beat the Blues. A draw between the sides at Stamford Bridge is considered an 11/2 bet.
Chelsea were held to a scoreless draw away to Everton on Saturday, which meant that they did not take advantage of Manchester United's failure to beat Leicester on the same day.
However, Conte expressed satisfaction with his players in the aftermath of the game, suggesting that, while they did not collect all three points, they showed plenty of fighting spirit.
"You know very well that this league is not simple," the former Juventus boss said after the 0-0 draw against the Toffees. "You have to fight to win the league, you have to fight for the Champions League, you have to fight for the Europa League places. We have to do our best and then at the end we will see where we are."
They will need to continue demonstrating that will to win as they push the Red Devils for second place and attempt to ensure their place in the top four come the end of the season.
With two games against Arsenal on the horizon in their next five games, Conte will want his players performing at the peak of their powers and a return to winning ways against a tough Brighton outfit will set them nicely on their way.