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    26/12/2017 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Stamford Bridge V Predicted Score:3 - 0

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      Match Summary

      1 Look out for:

      Eden Hazard. The talented forward is one of the best players in the Premier League on his day, and he’s been in superb form of late. The Belgian’s 16/5 to open the scoring, 19/20 to bag anytime and 33/1 to score a hat-trick.

      2 We fancy:

      Chelsea to win to nil at 3/4. Improve your odds on the home win by predicting that the Blues will keep a clean sheet on their way to victory. Only West Brom and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Brighton so far this season, so this bet looks pretty attractive.

      3 It's a long shot, but…

      Murray to score the only goal of the game at 150/1. At those odds it’s an incredibly long shot, but it could be a great way to cover all those Christmas presents you splashed out on if the Seagulls can spring a massive surprise at the home of the champions.

      Team News

      Chelsea's Last Six:

        Chelsea’s last six: Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

        Despite their slip at West Ham earlier in the month, Chelsea have been in decent form of late. Antonio Conte has a relatively settled squad to choose from, which can only help.

        David Luiz remains on the sidelines with a knee problem though, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll play for the Blues again. Spanish duo Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata are available for this one after their suspensions for picking up five yellow cards.

        Brighton's Last Six:

          Brighton’s last six: Won: 0 Drawn: 2 Lost: 4

          After their excellent start to life in the Premier League, Brighton are without a win in seven going into their Christmas double-header.

          Steve Sidwell continues to be Chris Hughton’s only major injury worry, with the veteran midfielder yet to feature so far this season. Shane Duffy returns from a one-match ban after he also picked up five yellow cards, ruling him out of the home game against Watford.

          Chelsea vs Brighton Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

          Brighton’s loss of form has seen the Seagulls plunge down towards the relegation zone, but this game is effectively a free hit for the south coast side. No one expects them to get a result at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea have won their last five Premier League games.

          Chelsea are 2/9 to record another home win, and maintain their push for a top four spot. With a League Cup semi-final against Arsenal, FA Cup campaign and Champions League tie with Barcelona on the horizon, Conte needs to ensure his side pick up as many points as possible before the fixture list starts to take its toll on his squad.

          Brighton are 18/1 to take all three points from this game, and as their only away wins this season have come against a then-struggling West Ham and a Swansea team in free-fall, the long odds are understandable. The Seagulls do have the eighth best defensive record in the Premier League though, so their best hope of success will be to keep things tight at the back and hope for a smash and grab.

          The draw is 34/5 and perhaps a more realistic bet if you think there could be a shock on the cards in this game. Brighton have conceded 12 goals against the other top seven sides so far this season – albeit five of these coming in their game against Liverpool – and they’ll find it tough to keep Chelsea’s talented attackers out for the full 90 minutes. As the Seagulls average less than a goal a game, 1-1 would be the most likely scoreline if the game ends with honours even, priced at 14/1.

          Morata is 7/10 to score anytime in this one and he’ll be raring to go after missing the previous game through suspension. Bearing this in mind, he could be a good bet to score the first goal of the game at 13/5, and reach double figures in the Premier League in the process.

          Glenn Murray is 11/1 to break the deadlock and the English striker will be key to any Brighton joy in this one. He’s scored five of Brighton’s last eight goals ahead of their game against Watford, and is available at 4/1 to score anytime.

          Predicted Score: Chelsea 3 - 0 Brighton

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