Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League at Christmas following a run of 11 straight league victories since the start of October.
Antonio Conte’s side were eighth in the table following their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on September 24, and at that stage fell eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.
However, 11 successive Premier League wins has fired the Blues from mid-table mediocrity to the top of the division, and very much the team to beat going into the second half of the season.
They host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Boxing Day in a bid to keep this incredible run going, but know that they’ll find it tough against a side that beat second place Liverpool 4-3 just a few weeks ago.
The Cherries are tenth in the table having won three of their last six league games, but go into this on off the back of a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to South Coast rivals Southampton last weekend.
Chelsea will obviously be favourites to pick up the three points on Monday but, with another game against Stoke to follow on New Year’s Eve, Conte may shuffle his pack for the visit of Bournemouth, so here are THREE players who deserve a chance on Boxing Day…