Paul Merson states his prediction for Watford v Chelsea FC

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League by beating Watford 3-1 on Monday night

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Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League by beating Watford 3-1 in Monday night’s Premier League clash.

The Blues head into the game desperately trying to get their campaign back on track after they suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in front of their home fans at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Chelsea FC have now dropped down into fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of this weekend’s round of games and Antonio Conte will be desperate for his side to start taking some big strides towards Champions League qualification for next season.

The Blues have the small matter of a Champions League last 16 clash against Barcelona later this month to contend with as well.

But former Arsenal star Merson is not expecting the Blues to have any trouble when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Monday night.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “After the result on Wednesday, it’s all about the top four for Chelsea.

“They got to get into the top four and while Watford got a good point at Stoke, Chelsea need to respond with a win at Vicarage Road.

“I can’t see how Watford stop Eden Hazard. I also think Olivier Giroud will play and they’ll be a better team than the one we saw against Bournemouth.

“Watford stopped the rot at Stoke but let’s be honest, they are in trouble. They are on a poor run and Chelsea should take advantage.”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in style last season but look as if they will have to aim for a top four finish in Conte’s second campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have won the title in two of the last three season.

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