Watford vs Chelsea: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Chelsea travel to Watford on Boxing Day hoping for an immediate response to their shock home defeat by Leicester.

The Blues suffered their first loss at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri on Saturday as Jamie Vardy sealed an unlikely 1-0 victory for the Foxes.

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Chelsea lost 4-1 on their last visit to Watford

And they face a difficult task if they are to return to winning ways.

Chelsea were on the wrong end of a chastening 4-1 defeat to Watford last time they travelled to Vicarage Road and their hosts are in fine form.

The Hornets are flying high in seventh after back-to-back victories, including their most recent 2-0 win at West Ham.

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The Hornets are in fine form

What the managers are saying

Javier Gracia (Watford): “Now is another game. It’s different. We know it will be very demanding for us because we are playing against one of the best teams in the league.

“It’s not easy because they have very good mechanism to attack. And they have very good players with different options.

“But to get a clean sheet at West Ham is something good for us. It shows us that working together with the solidarity we had, we can do well. We are able to compete and win.”

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Sarri is hoping for a quick response

Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “The (Watford) match is difficult, we know very well. We have to study very well these kinds of opponents.

“I think now the most important thing is our reaction after the match.

“In the match the reaction was not in the right way.

“Now we have to think about the reaction after the match, just in order to prepare in the right way the next match.”

Team news

Watford will have an unchanged squad – Will Hughes (hip), Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Adalberto Penaranda (foot) remain sidelined.

Alvaro Morata should be fit for Chelsea – the Spain striker has been struggling with a knee problem, but is back in full training and Sarri is hopeful he will be ready to take on the Hornets.

Andreas Christensen may miss out again with a hamstring injury.

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Morata could return for the visitors

Predicted line-ups

Watford: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Capoue, Doucoure; Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.

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