Chelsea predicted the line-up against Brighton

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Chelsea’s mammoth month of December ends mercifully with Brighton’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

While more than a dozen top matches have fallen out of favor with Covid’s forced launches – including two of Brighton’s matches – Chelsea are set to tear themselves away through their entire exhausting squad of games. The club appealed to the Premier League for a day off during this run, but “the people at the green table, in the office” denied them, according to Thomas Tuchel.

Here’s XI Chelsea’s upset boss may call in the middle of the week.

Andreas Christensen compensates for Thiago Silva’s absence / Matthew Ashton – AMA / GettyImages

Edouard Mendy (GK) – During Mendy’s first 18 games of the season, the Chelsea goalkeeper prevented 3.9 goals more than the average goal scorer would expect – in his last five matches, the Senegal national team has conceded 2.1 goals more than the average.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – The 22-year-old delivered a sincere assessment of his own performance in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa this weekend – “not my best game” – but may well retain his place.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – Thiago Silva’s aging hamstrings felt tight enough to force the 37-year-old away this weekend, and opened a slot that Christensen has filled competently enough in the past.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – While his long-term relationship with Chelsea is no less certain, Rudiger’s immediate future with the Blues is firmly rooted in the first team.

Injuries May Mateo Kovacic Throw In / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Reece James (RWB) – Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only defender in Europe’s top five leagues with more direct goal mixing than James (five goals, four assists).

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – When N’Golo Kante is forced out on the sidelines with a painful injury, Kovacic is ready for his first Premier League start since Chelsea’s 7-0 win over Norwich in October.

Jorginho (CM) – Jorginho took a couple of point kicks in double figures for the Premier League penalties only in 2021 – a new record for a single player.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) – With Ben Chilwell twice inaccessible through covid and injury, Alonso’s position as the team’s only remaining senior left back is twice as strong.

Romelu Lukaku was back on the results list last time / OLI SCARFF / GettyImages

Mason Mount (RW) – Chelsea’s top scorer this season (seven goals) has already surpassed the figure he collected in another 1,800 minutes last semester.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) – By nodding Chelsea forward against Villa with his first top goal since a match against the same opponent in September, Lukaku became the fifth most productive goal scorer in Premier League history (24).

Hakim Ziyech (LW) – Callum Hudson-Odoi went ahead of Ziyech in the hack order this weekend by virtue of one and a half more training sessions. Still, after the 21-year-old played a full 90 minutes, he could very well make room for the Morocco international on Wednesday.

You can read 90mins preview of Chelsea vs Brighton here. You can read Brighton’s predicted line-up here.

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