Chelsea predicted XI v Watford

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Chelsea host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon hoping to get back to winning ways after their 5-3 Premier League defeat to Tottenham on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho is likely to give some of his big names a breather against the Championship opposition, following a busy Christmas and New Year fixture list.

It wasn't a perfect finish to the year for Mourinho's men as they dropped points against Southampton and Spurs, although they retain top spot in the Premier League despite being level on points with Manchester City.

They face a Watford side that has recovered from a run of four successive league defeats to win four of their next five, and the Hornets currently sit fifth, well in the mix for promotion to the top flight.

Despite their impressive form, expect Mourinho to turn to a couple of his fringe players in this FA Cup tie, with the likes of Ramires, Kurt Zouma and possibly even Mohamed Salah in the starting eleven.

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The Egyptian has gone off the radar at Stamford Bridge this season, although he did feature as a late substitute against Tottenham yesterday.

There has been speculation linking him with a move away from Chelsea in the January transfer window, so it will be interesting to see whether Mourinho gets him involved on Sunday.

Costa to rest?

Diego Costa may get a rest after featuring in four games in just 10 days, so Mourinho may look at Didier Drogba or Loic Remy in what should be a relatively straightforward game for the Blues.

Zouma needs games and Mourinho started him against Derby County in the Capital One Cup so he should be around again this weekend. After this match, Chelsea have six days rest before hosting Newcastle at Stamford Bridge as the fixture list returns to some level of normality.

Here's our predicted XI for Chelsea on Sunday…

Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Ramires, Mohamed Salah, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Oscar, Loic Remy

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