Chelsea welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in another must-win clash for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Blues, currently in the fourth position, and trying to go past Tottenham to the third position in the Premier League. Going into the game against Watford, Spurs are just two points above Sarri’s team.
Chelsea had a mid-week Europa League game on the road, and the next Thursday, they have to take part in the second leg. The players are not fresh, this fixture could see Sarri rotate his side.
Watford lost their last game at home to Wolves by 2-1.
Chelsea – DDLWWW
Of the teams pursuing a top-four place, Chelsea’s arguably appears the most awkward run-in with Watford.
The Blues currently occupy the final Champions League spot heading into the penultimate weekend of the 2018-19 season – two points clear of Arsenal and three clear of Manchester United.
Watford – LDWLWL
The Hornets can qualify for next year’s Europa League either by finishing seventh in the Premier League or beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Given the form The Citizens have shown of late it would be risky for Watford to bank on a win against Pep Guardiola’s side in the FA Cup. This could mean that Watford comes to all guns blazing against Chelsea to secure their place in the Europa League next season.
Cahill (achilles), Hudson-Odoi (achilles), Rüdiger (knee)
Prödl (knee), Quina (shoulder)
Formation : 3-5-2
Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Higuain
Formation : 4-4-2
Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea
Chelsea has slipped up a lot during recent weeks, while the Europa League provides a distraction. However, they should have enough to beat Watford, who have one eye on the FA Cup final.
The Blues were able to grab a draw midweek against Frankfurt with key man Eden Hazard playing over just half an hour having been left on the bench. That decision demonstrated Sarri is equally determined to clinch a top-four finish and succeed in Europe – the right attitude heading into another big test on Sunday.