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Jul 4, 2020 at 8pm UK at Stamford Bridge
ChelseaChelsea
3-0
WatfordWatford
Giroud (28'), Willian (43' pen.), Barkley (90+2')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Capoue (21'), Mariappa (49')

Preview: Chelsea vs. Watford - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Watford, including team news and predicted lineups.

Chelsea take on Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening knowing that three points may be required to retain their spot in the top four of the Premier League standings.

Meanwhile, Watford make the trip to West London knowing that victory could put the club as many as four points above the relegation zone with just five games remaining.


Match preview

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard applauds on January 11, 2020© Reuters

Having witnessed his side battle their way to victories against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Leicester City, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would have expected more of the same against West Ham United on Wednesday evening.

However, despite dominating possession and creating the better chances, the Blues succumbed to a surprise 3-2 defeat against opponents who had struggled in their previous two outings.

The setback leaves Chelsea holding just a two-point lead over Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race for a Champions League spot, significantly upping the stakes ahead of welcoming Watford to Stamford Bridge.

Although Lampard will naturally be excited by the performances of Christian Pulisic in the final third, he acknowledged earlier this week that he was less than impressed with the mistakes being made at the other end of the pitch.

To a large degree, their previous wins against strong opposition are no longer relevant, and Lampard will reiterate to his players that they have to deliver a response this weekend or face the possibility of dropping down to sixth place.

Despite Watford having gone on a four-match winless streak, Nigel Pearson will feel that their extra preparation time could prove decisive at the weekend.

That will be stressed to his squad in the days leading up to this game, and it may be what they require to get themselves out of a slump which is threatening their top-flight status.

With Villa and Bournemouth looking no closer to ending their own respective runs without a win ahead of games with Liverpool and Manchester United, Pearson knows that there is a window of opportunity for his team.

For the first time since the resumption, they are clear underdogs, but being given that tag in the past has generally led to Watford delivering a positive response during a pivotal period of their season.

Chelsea Premier League form: WDWWWL
Chelsea form (all competitions): WWWWWL

Watford Premier League form: LWLDLL


Team News

Emerson Palmieri pictured in August 2019© Reuters

Emerson Palmieri and Kurt Zouma will both expect to feature in the Chelsea starting lineup after the backline's poor showing against West Ham.

With Mateo Kovacic having sustained a knock on Wednesday night, Jorginho could come into the team for his first appearance since the resumption.

Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud may also get the nod over Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham respectively.

Despite the defeat against Southampton, Pearson could opt against making too many alterations to his Watford side.

Although he has come through the last three games unscathed, Danny Welbeck is likely to remain among the replacements.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud

Watford possible starting lineup:
Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney


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We say: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

With Watford having had a week to prepare for this contest, we are expecting a closely-fought match at Stamford Bridge. However, under pressure to improve after their setback in midweek, Chelsea could edge this game if Lampard freshens up his team.


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Who will win Saturday's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Watford?

Chelsea
Draw
Watford
Chelsea
89.1%
Draw
6.8%
Watford
4.2%
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2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921

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