Chelsea news: Paul Merson makes bold Olivier Giroud prediction ahead of Watford

SKY SPORTS pundit Paul Merson has made a massive prediction about Olivier Giroud.

The former Arsenal striker moved to Stamford Bridge on deadline day in a deal worth £18million.

And the Frenchman was in attendance as Chelsea suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday.

However, the Blues will look to make amends when they travel to Watford on Monday (8pm).

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has ruled out Giroud making his first start for the club at Vicarage Road.

“We are starting to work with him but we have to check his physical condition,” Conte said.

“It is difficult to see him start.”

However, Merson thinks that the forward will play some part as the battle for the top four places begins to heat up.

“After the result on Wednesday, it’s all about the top four for Chelsea,” Merson said.

“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.”

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