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Mourinho to rest players against Watford

Jose Mourinho will aim to balance a refreshed team with a winning one when Chelsea host Watford in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.

Rather than send his front-line players into battle after an arduous festive schedule that saw them lose their advantage at the top of the EPL table, Mourinho is likely to rotate his options.

"Obviously, we are going to rest a couple of players. That's normal," he said.

"And give a chance to other people to play and to show (what they can do).

"Obviously, we want to try to beat Watford but, at the same time, we have to analyse the players' conditions and make the right decisions for them."

Striker Diego Costa and forward Eden Hazard are among the regulars who could be rested.

Petr Cech could replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, depending on the severity of the latter's finger injury, while Oscar, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are not likely to start. Ramires, who has been plagued by a niggling groin injury, could feature. - PA Sport.