Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Watford in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 8pm).
Mateo Kovacic will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Croatia midfielder picked up an Achilles problem in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at West Ham, and could now miss the next two matches.
Defender Fikayo Tomori is still sidelined with a muscle problem but is edging closer towards a return to training.
Watford trio Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina will all return to the squad.
The trio were forced to miss last week’s defeat at Southampton after Gray reportedly flouted social distancing rules by hosting a birthday party.
Defender Craig Dawson is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against the Saints, while Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu (both knee) and Isaac Success (ankle) remain out.
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It is so typical of Chelsea, the way they did not take advantage of Leicester’s defeat to Everton. It was a strong Chelsea team which should have got the job done. Olivier Giroud looked unhappy to be on the bench. He has come back from the break looking sharp. Giroud has been loyal and good for the team. He is a top professional, so I do not see it as a sulk. He just looked disappointed.
Frank Lampard will reflect and ask himself what he was missing. It was a luxurious bench, but he knows his team are not taking advantage of situations that come their way. He said they had to be ready to take those opportunities. They did not play badly but defended really badly.
I do not know what is going on with Watford. Where is the fight? I look at Nigel Pearson and would not like to be getting a telling-off from him! He is not getting that extra 10 per cent. Why did he get it in his first game and not now? What is missing?
Watford are unpredictable, but they are missing the point as a team and some balance. They lack technical ability and pace but have the steel and midfield runners. What has happened to these players since the break? Can they rely on them? So far, the answer has been no. It will be more pain and suffering for them here, and Chelsea will get back to winning ways. It is a must-win for Lampard’s side.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
- Chelsea have won each of their last three Premier League games against Watford – it’s their fourth such run of three straight league wins against the Hornets, but they’ve never beaten them in four consecutively
- Watford haven’t won away at Chelsea in any competition since May 1986 (5-1), drawing four and losing eight at Stamford Bridge since then
- Chelsea have won each of their last three Premier League home games, having won just two of their previous seven at Stamford Bridge (D1 L4). They last won more consecutively at home in December 2017 under Antonio Conte (7)
- Watford have earned just six points from their last 30 available in the Premier League (W1 D3 L6). However, four of those six points have come against sides in the top four (3-0 v Liverpool, 1-1 v Leicester)