Surely this Watford vs Chelsea match should not warrant the blues too much confidence. As much as we “deserved” to win against Manchester United last weekend, the 1-1 draw was the humbling we needed ahead of what will be a very difficult month of several matches and little time to rest our players. We are already feeling it, with several of our players either doubtful or simply unavailable for this match.
Chelsea team news:
Why United are so consistently a pain for Chelsea to deal with no matter their form, is something that we all wonder whenever we face them. Especially at Stamford Bridge, with our last home win against them taking place in November 2017.
Ben Chilwell’s absence for at the very least six weeks due to a knee injury is not ideal, and we really felt it during the 1-1 draw to United last weekend. The timing, as we look at the potential precipice of a December schedule with too many games and too little time to rest our best players, makes it all much worse.
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But it is what it is. We also have major losses in midfield with both Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kanté confirmed to be out of contention by Tuchel in his pre-match press conference. They might be joined by Jorginho, Reece James and Timo Werner, all of which had fitness issues either during or after the United encounter.
Hope however is not yet lost. This is as good of a time as any for Chelsea to prove they really have the best squad in the Premier League, filling in the shoes of big players to keep us ahead in the Premier League trophy race.
Previously: A proper 3-0 takedown of Watford at the Bridge, with Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley scoring for the home side.
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As indicated by Football London, Chelsea chief, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 19-man crew to handle Watford at Vicarage Road.
Tuchel’s men head to the game after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in their valuable installation last end of the week.
The Blues are at present on top of the Premier League table with 1 point in front of Manchester City (runner up) and two focuses in front of Liverpool (third spot).
Below is Chelsea’s full squad against Watford:
- Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli
- Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta
- Midfielders: Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz
- Attackers: Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic
The kick-off time for Watford vs Chelsea is 8.30 pm.
Watford team news:
Young Spanish manager Xisco brought Watford back from the Championship to the Premier League after taking the Hornets over in December last year. However his skills at the highest level of English football were not up to par as Watford saw themselves with two wins and a draw in seven matches to start the Premier League season.
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Ever since, Watford’s PL form has not really improved much, with two wins and four losses since Ranieri’s takeover. They were impressive in their wins against Everton away (5-2) and Manchester United at home (4-1). Otherwise, they are still marred by problems which will be very difficult for the veteran manager to solve using what he has in hand. You can watch the match live here
Watford vs Chelsea Prediction:
1-2 in favor of the away team Chelsea FC