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Date: Saturday 4th July 2020

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 20:00 BST

In typical Chelsea style midweek, after Leicester dropped points, we had the opportunity to step up into third place, but our defence chose the game against West Ham for a social distancing drill.

This evening’s game, for Frank Lampard’s one-year anniversary as Chelsea boss, we’re at home to Watford and could already have slipped into sixth place if earlier results go against us. Still, we don’t know any way except the hard way.

Watford know a bit about that, because they’re hardly sitting comfortably themselves and our result did them no favours either. A win would push them a bit further away from the relegation zone though and we know all about teams fighting to do that, to our cost.

We’ll wait and see whether this is really a Super Saturday.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, says “They (Watford) are a dangerous team and they have a spirit within them. Restart has been difficult for different clubs in different ways. They have a very good side and are fighting for points.”

Watford manager assistant Head Coach, Craig Shakespeare, says “We all know Chelsea have good quality in depth and they’ve used it to good intents so far. I think if you look at the form we showed earlier on and our performances, and I don’t want to harp back, but we know what we’re capable of. We know what performances these players have put in in the past and we know their attributes. The focus has to be on us, not anybody else.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Fikayo Tomori is joined on the sidelines by Mateo Kovacic (Achilles)

For Watford, Gerard Deulofeu (knee), Daryl Janmaat (knee) and Isaac Success (ankle) are all out, Craig Dawson is suspended but Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina are allowed off the naughty step.

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Barkley; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud

WATFORD (Possible line-up): Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 3-0 Watford (5th May 2019)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: WDWWWL

WATFORD: LWLDLL

OTHER STUFF

  • Watford have won one and lost 13 of their past 17 meetings with Chelsea.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 home meetings with Watford.
  • Watford have conceded 11 goals on their last three trips to Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have won three successive home league games but have lost eight home matches in all competitions this season.
  • Chelsea have dropped 18 points from winning positions.
  • Watford have won only one of their past 10 league matches
  • Watford have had two wins in 16 away league games this season
  • Watford have failed to score in eight away matches, including each of the past three
  • Watford have conceded 17 goals without scoring in their five fixtures away to the current top-six clubs

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Watford

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

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