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Chelsea will be away to Watford at the Vicarage Road for this Boxing Day fixture which will mark the end of the first half of the season.

Chelsea were given a shocking defeat against Leicester City in the last league game, and the Blues will be hoping to bounce back against a Watford side who are looking like they are beginning to pick some form.

Watford defeated West Ham in their last game, and the Hornets are beginning to get a good run of form with two wins and a draw in their last three games. This is good form for them compared to their previous three games where they suffered three straight defeats.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to get a 2-1 win in this fixture, but the Gunners legend believes it will be a difficult game for the Blues.

He said: “The defeat to Leicester was a shocking result for Chelsea. I was at the game when they drew with Everton and before that match, they were title contenders. Now they are fighting for the top four. That loss has also now opened the door to Man Utd, believe it or not.

“Watford will be a hard game, they are physical and decent and they had an unbelievable result the other day winning at West Ham, it was a great win.

“But you just do not know what you are going to get with Watford – one minute they are brave and fit, the next they are getting beat 4-0 at home by Bournemouth. But I am just going to go with Chelsea here…”

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