The Game Week 14 of the Premier League will take place over the midweek starting on Wednesday. This GW will continue throughout the midweek, with Watford taking on Chelsea on Thursday, 2nd December at 1:00 AM IST. The fixture will take place at Vicarage Road and hence will be an away game for the Blues.
Watford are currently sitting 16th in the PL and are coming off a heavy 2-4 defeat against Leicester. Manager Claudio Ranieri has struggled to find consistency since taking over as the Head Coach and he can only hope to make life difficult for the League leaders.
Watford Premier League form: W L L W L
On the other hand, Chelsea are sitting at the top of the table with 30 pts, a single point ahead of second placed Manchester City. The team is coming off a rather unlucky 1-1 draw against Manchester United. After being honoured with the ‘Club of the Year’ award, Thomas Tuchel’s side would be on high spirits for the game and will try to take an easy win to extend their lead.
Chelsea Premier League form: W W D W D
Watford vs Chelsea: The Hornets’ team news and injury updates:
The Hornets have injury concerns with Emmanuel Dennis and Adam Masina following the Leicester defeat. Ranieri has stated that he is unsure about the conditions of the players. First-choice GK Ben Foster(with a groin strain) is doubtful, along with Nicolas N’Koulou, Peter Etebo, Kwadwo Baah, Ismaila Sarr, Ken Sema and Francisco Sierralta.
As replacements, Joao Pedro, Danny Rose/Jeremy Ngakia could feature in the game. However, if Sarr remains absent then the Italian manager will surely miss his talisman.
Watford Predicted Lineup:
Bachmann; Ngakia, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Rose; Kucka, Sissoko, Tufan; Hernandez, Pedro, King
Watford vs Chelsea: The Blues’ team news and injury updates:
The Blues will surely be without Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. In their absence, Saul Niguez and Ross Barkley could hope to make an appearance with fleeting options left in the midfield. While Romelu Lukaku had a late cameo against Man Utd, Tuchel could very well start him to get him up and running.
Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta will likely come into consideration for starts in defence. Mason Mount could also start the game after a decent rest against the Red Devils.
Chelsea Predicted Lineup:
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Barkley, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku
Our score predictions: Watford 0-4 Chelsea
It is a no brainer that the game will be a one sided fixture. The London Giants will purely dominate the game and the Hornets’ depleted squad will surely struggle. With an impeccable defence, a clean sheet would just be a matter of time for the Blues.
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