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Summary

  1. Morata, Fabregas & Cahill start for Chelsea
  2. Duffy, Schelotto, Kayal & Izquierdo in for Brighton

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell for now...

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Chelsea score
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And with that I will bow out and switch over to the match report which you can access here.

We will also be running a live-text on Liverpool's late fixture with Swansea of course and will have stats pieces, quotes pieces and more up on the site for your Boxing Day perusal this evening.

Thanks for joining me. Chelsea are grinding along nicely, trying to catch the free-flowing wizards from the Etihad at the top.

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

A job well done and in routine fashion, just what a manager wants in a match during this busy period.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

Brighton just haven't troubled Chelsea enough.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

We will have three added minutes. This game was all over around 30 minutes ago.

CLOSE!

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Cesc Fabregas has played over 100 passes today and very few have gone astray until this one.

Brighton attack and win a free-kick which Shane Duffy connects with to head inches wide.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Anthony Knockaert, who has replaced Solly March, delivers an in-swinger and the ball is superb, causing panic as it flashes wide of the back post.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

N'Golo Kante fires wide from 30 yards and is immediately replaced by Danny Drinkwater.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Brighton mount an attack and build with some patience in the final third. Again Solly March will deliver a cross and substitute Glenn Murray turns it at goal, forcing a save. The flag was up though - offside.

March will now go off, as will Alvaro Morata for Chelsea as Michy Batshuayi comes on.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

This is very much a side in third gear cruising past a side flat out in sixth gear who are taking their engine to places it just doesn't want to go.

Willian looks busy since coming on but Chelsea are not forcing anything now. If they need to play backwards they do and as has been the case throughout, they are not being pressed at all.

A Victor Moses cross earns a 12th corner of the game.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Chelsea are getting a few substitutions ready. There's no need for them to risk anyone now in this busy period of fixtures. I think Eden Hazard may get the hook as a precaution.

Beram Kayal turns Antonio Rudiger well on the edge of the area but slams over.

It will be Hazard off, Willian on.

Willian
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CLOSE!

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Eden Hazard exchanges passes with Alvaro Morata to burst into the area and he's looking to walk it in as he rounds Mat Ryan. The Belgium international's momentum takes him a little wide and he back heels into the path of N'Golo Kante who skids a shot wide.

CLOSE!

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Solly March clips in a cross which almost allows Tomer Hemed to head home but for a deflection.

From the corner it's Brighton at mercy as Chelsea break at rapid pace. N'Golo Kante leads the charge and rolls Eden Hazard in. He shapes to shoot three times but feints before eventually beating the keeper with a low drive which is hacked off the line by Lewis Dunk.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Alvaro Morata is taking a few whacks here, Shane Duffy the latest to leave a bit on the striker.

The game is exclusively in the Brighton half now.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
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As the average positions show us, Chelsea have been able to push wing-backs Victor Moses (15) and Marcos Alonso (3) on.

GOAL - Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

Marcos Alonso

It has been coming and the scorer's identity has also been obvious in recent minutes.

With his third effort in as many minutes Marcos Alonso ends things here. Cesc Fabregas whips in a corner which Alonso just glances home into the bottom corner.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.

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Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are pouring it on, Brighton are wilting.

GREAT SAVE!

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Marcos Alonso gives Mat Ryan the chance to show us what he can do not once but twice.

A trademark Alonso free-kick forces a superb diving save and from the consequent corner Alonso heads at goal, forcing a tip over the bar.

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

Stephens has had a nibble at Morata here and there. Like Christmas dinner - a nibble here, nibble there and when the meal comes you've no appetite.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

There's a confidence to Alvaro Morata now as he slips between Dale Stephens and Lewis Dunk to force a foul. One-way traffic really and Chelsea in complete control.

Stephens is booked for another foul on Morata moments later.

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Brighton win a free-kick 30 yards from goal and Markus Suttner can only find the wall. They must take any chance they get now. You get the sense there will be one opportunity at the very most.

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Do we switch the lights out yet? I don't think Brighton have managed a pass in the first few minutes of this half. Eden Hazard conducting like he's at the Proms.

CLOSE!

Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

There were just 52 seconds on the clock in that second half when Alvaro Morata netted. The goal totally changes the complexion of things and now Brighton have to offer more. I'm not so sure they have it in their locker.

Eden Hazard lashes a low shot just wide, pouncing on a smart Tiemoue Bakayoko touch.

GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Alvaro Morata

What did I say two entries ago? Alvaro Morata isn't showing he's £60m worth.

In comes a Cesar Azpilicueta cross and there's Morata, laughing at me as he shapes to head low into the net.

Eat that live-text commentator.

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KICK-OFF

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

Can Chelsea find a way through this well-disciplined Brighton formation?

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

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Well Chelsea, as you've asked, I'll go with "not good enough".

Alvaro Morata has had 19 touches and I'm still not convinced he's £60m worth of striker on what he's done in the Premier League so far.

Here come both teams...

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Hazard
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Ridwan Bello: Chelsea is playing like they haven't had a proper training session in weeks!! Disjointed and poor to watch.

Yousuf Ali: Chelsea desperately need a striker. Sadly I don't think the board sees that as a priority.

Blues Blossom: Hazard looks knackered. Slow, laboured runs and poor ball control.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

As you can see, more of the ball for the home side and plenty of shots. The stats look one-sided but in truth it's not really been a siege.

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Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

Brighton well organised but is there a 'plan B' for the visitors if they go behind?

HALF-TIME

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

An intriguing half which has not really burst into life. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Victor Moses with the best chances. Remember Chelsea have won three of their last six home games by a goal to nil.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata link in midfield. Chelsea's last attack of the half. Cesar Azpilicueta puts a curling cross into the mixer and Morata leaps... well wide.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

We will have one added minute...

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Eden Hazard on the ball again... Chelsea's clear threat. He runs at Lewis Dunk near the right edge of the area... drilled low cross... it sticks to the gloves of Mat Ryan.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard look to inject some pace into an attack - Alvaro Morata is down and out of the game. They carry on regardless down the right flank and Hazard bursts into the area... this is a good position... Hazard is forced out well by Markus Suttner, who concedes a corner.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Hazard
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It's been one of those days for Chelsea so far.

Remember they had 25 shots against Everton last time out. Just the seven so far today and only two on target.

Cesc Fabregas has shot number eight... 20 yards... held by Mat Ryan.

Hazard
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Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Ezequiel Schelotto has had seven clubs in Germany and with long hair and a leggy running style, he isn't all too easy on the eye.

But he's been effective here with 30 touches from his berth at right-back and 21 passes. He has completed 90% of them and carries his side to the halfway line with a driving run.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Chelsea's possession is now up to 57% so they are seeing more of the ball courtesy of a good few minutes. Notably, they have variety in what they are doing with both wing-backs in demand.

Antonio Rudiger looks for the run of Cesc Fabregas but his ball is fractionally over-hit. Fabregas had ghosted into the area.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Brighton's fans cheer every pass as their side enjoy a little possession. A ball is fizzed into Tomer Hemed on halfway but his flick on to Solly March goes out.

Chelsea will have it back. Again it's Eden Hazard who they look for to make something happen and he's fouled 45 yards from goal.

Cesc Fabregas will float this in... headed away by Davy Propper.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Davy Propper looks to float a cross in for Tomer Hemed but that's a pig in blanket for Thibaut Courtois - easy pickings.

CLOSE!

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Chelsea have their second big chance of the game.

Cesc Fabregas' eye for a pass could be key today against such a well-drilled defence. He lofts a diagonal ball over as Victor Moses latches on to volley it first time. It's a low save for Mat Ryan.

Moses could have done more arguably. Superb ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

Morata
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It's a well-organised Brighton. The five-man midfield gives them a natural width to their defensive work. The ball is played to the left flank and Marcos Alonso but Solly March can quickly snap at his heels because of the width of their shape.

They narrow up as an attack threatens more centrally and Beram Kayal blocks an N'Golo Kante shot.

Chelsea 0-0 Brighton

As you can see from the stats, Brighton's uplift in intent sees possession split fairly evenly after 20 minutes.

Alvaro Morata - up front for Chelsea - is the quietest of all the outfield players though with just seven touches so far.

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