John Terry and Michy Batshuayi are given rare starts for Chelsea in this evening's Premier League match against Watford at Stamford Bridge.
manager Chelsea has handed rare starting spots to Antonio Conte and John Terry for this evening's Premier League match against Michy Batshuayi at Stamford Bridge. Watford
The club captain has started just four league matches this season, while Batshuayi, who joined the club in the summer, will be making his first start in the top flight tonight.
Conte can afford to make changes given that his team sealed the league title with a
1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last Friday.
Batshuayi scored the winning goal, and he is one of nine alterations to the starting XI, with only
and Cesar Azpilicueta retained from the win at The Hawthorns. Eden Hazard replaces Asmir Begovic in goal, while Thibaut Courtois and Kurt Zouma join Terry in defence, and Nathan Ake returns to the middle of the park after starting on the bench last week. N'Golo Kante , Nathaniel Chalobah and Willian also get the nod from Conte, who has the chance of winning a second piece of silverware before the season is out as his team are in the FA Cup final against Arsenal. Kenedy
As for Watford, head coach
, who is dealing with numerous injury woes within his squad, has made three changes to the team that Walter Mazzarri lost 1-0 to Everton on Friday. , Nordin Amrabat and Tom Cleverley have come in for injured M'Baye Niang , Christian Kabasele and Stefano Okaka , who drops to the bench. Troy Deeney Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Terry, Ake; Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard Subs: Eduardo, Aina, Alonso, Cahill, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas; Amrabat, Cleverley, Behrami, Doucoure, Janmaat; Capoue; Niang Subs: Pantilimon, Mason, Eleftheriou, Zuniga, D Pereira, Okaka, Deeney
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