Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs Watford
Chelsea play Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening having endured their first defeat since the restart earlier this week.
In spite of starting to lead the pack against West Ham United, the Blues in the long run capitulated to a 3-2 destruction at the London Stadium, leaving the club one point behind third-place Leicester City.
With Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers just two points adrift of the last Champions League spot, it leaves Frank Lampard’s side under tension heading into their standoff with the Hornets.
Ivisionsport predicts how Chelsea could line up against their relegation undermined opponent.
In doubt: Mateo Kovacic (thump), Fikayo Tomori (muscle)
Just as being justified in rolling out various improvements because of Chelsea’s helpless outcome in midweek, Frank Lampard will also mull over fatigue ahead of a fifth game in less than fourteen days.
From a simply performance viewpoint, Antonio Rudiger is in danger of losing his place in the centre of defence, conceivably putting Kurt Zouma in line for a review.
Having played 90 minutes against Leicester City a weekend ago, Emerson Palmieri ought to get approval over Marcos Alonso at left-back.
A thump suffered by Mateo Kovacic may prompt Jorginho being given his first minutes since the resumption, while Mason Mount will hope to get approval over Ross Barkley.
After a poor demonstration against West Ham, Tammy Abraham is probably going to wind up back among the substitutions, with Olivier Giroud getting one more opportunity down the center.
In spite of the fact that Willian and Christian Pulisic are apparently needing a rest, the pair may proceed on the flanks with Callum Hudson-Odoi having just barely come back from injury.