Due to the impending Christmas season, the Premier League will witness a flurry of matches this month that will serve as a litmus test for both title hopefuls and relegation candidates.
An unbeaten run of games for league leaders Chelsea over this period will see them finish the season as the table's top team heading into the new year. When the Blues take on Watford at Vicarage Road today, they will be eager to get their December schedule started to a positive start.
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Among those who will miss the game for Chelsea are Ngolo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Ben Chilwell, while Reece James and Hakim Ziyech remain questionable for the match.
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Following today's match, Thomas Tuchel's side will face 4th-placed West Ham, Leeds, Everton, Brighton, Wolves, Brentford, and Aston Villa in the month of December, before facing Liverpool in the Premier League's Super Clash at the start of the new year in the month of January.
Chelsea may be able to pull away, but Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be in trouble.
After having faced all of the top clubs in the league, the Blues will attempt to take advantage of their remaining games this season against the lower-ranked teams in order to get the most points possible this season.
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Chelsea are presently being pursued by their city rivals Manchester City and Liverpool FC, who are also chasing them.
In the wake of their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea will be seeking to get back on track.
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