Chelsea are set to host Watford in the Premier League game on Monday night, 15th May 2017 at Stamford Bridge and having already secured the league title there is not much to play for Chelsea other than completing the campaign with a solid win while Watford are safe from relegation which makes it a dead rubber.
Chelsea 3-3 Watford Highlights
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
22′ 1 – 0 John Terry scores on what might be one of his last games at stamford Bridge.
24′ 1 – 1 Etienne Capoue scored after Terry’s was involved in a mix up at the back.
36′ 2 – 1 Cesar Azpilicueta scores his first goal of the campaign and third overall in his Chelsea career.
49′ 3 – 1 Michy Batshuayi continue his scoring run scoring again against Watford.
51′ 3 – 2 Daryl Janmaat however kept Watford in the game scoring just after halftime.
New manager Antonio Conte started his Chelsea reign with a important three points against West Ham on the opening weekend and its clear he wants his team to play a certain way from the word go. Chelsea might need some time to adapt to Italian’s philosophy but if comes together, Chelsea might well be a force to reckon with this season.
Watford earned a respectable 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend, A game where they played most of the second half with just 10 men. Etienne Capoue scored the early goal but Watford were unable to hold on to their lead. Now playing at home against a team they caused so much trouble last season, Watford fans will be optimistic of their teams chances.
Watford 1-2 Chelsea – 20 August 2016
[ Premier League ]
55′ 1 – 0 Etienne Capoue scored just after the break to make it 1-0 for Watford
80′ 1 – 1 Michy Batshuayi equalized with 10 minutes to go.
87′ 1 – 2 Diego Costa scores the winner in second straight game for Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Watford Preview & Team News: Walter Mazzarri will be able to pick his strongest lineup as Watford has no fresh injury worries. Which means Ighalo and Deeney are set to start upfront while Abdi and Jurado will have attacking midfield roles.
Chelsea on the other hand are likely to start with Eden Hazard in midfield while Diego Costa, Willian and Oscar are set to start in attacking roles. Matic and Fabregas will play in deep midfield roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Predictions: I expect Chelsea to build on their opening day win. Diego Costa is their likely source of goal and he will be confident after scoring important winning goal against West Ham. Watford has Deeney and Ighalo who can cause trouble for any defense. I am going with a 2-1 win for Chelsea in this one.