SKY SPORTS pundit Paul Merson is expecting a response from Chelsea when they take on Brighton on Boxing Day.
Chelsea saw out a goalless draw with Everton yesterday as Brighton got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at home to Watford.
The Premier League champions will have club record signing and leading goalscorer Alvaro Morata back from suspension against the Seagulls.
And Merson believes Chelsea will thrash Brighton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge as he expects the newly-promoted side to rest a number of key players.
Merson told Sky Sports: “Brighton did well on Saturday (in beating Watford 1-0), they just do not put their chances away.
“Chris Hughton must sit there on tenterhooks – he needs to watch a game where he can relax for once!
“I watched them against Burnley when they should have been two or three up, but missed a penalty, drew 0-0 and were hanging on at the end.
“On Saturday they had chance after chance to kill the game, while Chelsea were unlucky against Everton, let’s be honest, they should have won.
“Brighton have got bigger games over Christmas than this and you will find some teams will rest players for bigger games.
“With three games coming up really quickly, you are not going to put all your first-team players out in this game, get beat 3-0 and then they are all tired for the big games coming up.”