Chelsea will hope to end a run of three matches without a win as they host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, one place below Saturday’s opponents. Crystal Palace were 2-1 winners in Chelsea’s last league outing, securing their first points of the 2017/18 season. Antonio Conte’s side were in Champions League action in midweek, drawing 3-3 with Italian side AS Roma, with Eden Hazard scoring twice.
Watford currently occupy the final Champions League spot in the league, sitting in fourth. Marco Silva has made an impressive start to life at Vicarage Road, and masterminded the Hornets’ 2-1 win over Arsenal last Saturday. A Troy Deeney penalty and a late Tom Cleverley winner saw Watford move into the top four.
There is more bad news for Chelsea on the injury front ahead of Saturday’s fixture. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are potential injury concerns. Luiz came off as a precaution during Wednesday’s draw with Roma, whereas Bakayoko complained of a pain in his groin.
Chelsea are already without N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses, who are both out with hamstring problems. Danny Drinkwater remains out of contention for the Blues, and will have to wait to make his debut for the club.
Watford are also struggling with a few injuries, but the only new concern for Silva is Isaac Success, who could be ruled out with a knee injury. Former Chelsea player Nathaniel Chalobah remains out, and will not be able to play against the club he left in the Summer.
The Hornets have not won a competitive fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since May 1986. The result that day was a resounding 5-1 win for the away side. Chelsea were also winners in both fixtures last season, and will hope to continue their form against Watford on Saturday.
This fixture will be a tough affair for both sides. Chelsea will be looking to end their bad run of form with a win against high-flying Watford, who will be attempting to claim another scalp this season, and remain in the Champions League places for as long as possible.