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How Chelsea could line up against Watford

Ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Watford and Chelsea, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri's side could line up at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea head into their Premier League encounter with Watford having suffered a surprise defeat to Leicester City at the weekend.

The Blues would have expected to maintain their three-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal, but a Jamie Vardy goal gave the Foxes all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are now 11 points adrift of leaders Liverpool, and Maurizio Sarri will be aware that his side require a win at Vicarage Road.

Sarri has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the game on Boxing Day, and here Sports Mole looks at how his team could line up against the Hornets.



CHEXI VS. WAT

Out: Andreas Christensen (hamstring), Victor Moses (back), Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: Alvaro Morata (knee)

Olivier Giroud is likely to be handed a recall to the starting lineup, with Chelsea having failed to score using Eden Hazard as a false nine against Leicester.

Willian could be the player to drop out of the team, while Mateo Kovacic should be replaced by either Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Sarri could also make alterations in defence in order to cope with the busy festive period, with Gary Cahill a potential inclusion in the centre of the backline.

Alvaro Morata has returned to training after a knee injury but will only be considered for the bench, while Andreas Christensen will sit out the game with a minor hamstring injury.

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Maurizio Sarri watches on during the pre-season friendly between Chelsea and Arsenal on August 1, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154124260
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132232-1022
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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