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Dec 26, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
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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.

Who will win the Boxing Day clash between Watford and Chelsea?

Watford
Draw
Chelsea
Watford
11.1%
Draw
8.3%
Chelsea
80.6%
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