CHE vs WAT Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
With Tottenham Hotspur losing to Bournemouth, Chelsea can move to 3rd in the table when they host Watford in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening (IST).
With a new manager and a couple of new signings, it has been a season of transformation for Chelsea. For the first two months, it seemed Chelsea have expedited their transition period as they made a flying start to the new campaign.
But then the reality reined in, and the balloon of optimism soon bursted as Chelsea failed to keep the momentum with Liverpool and Manchester City. As a result, Sarri's team got into a long and arduous battle for the top-four.
They are very much in it, and in the driving seat as well. The reason that none of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United could exude enough consistency to pull clear of the champions league battle. And after Spurs' 0-2 loss to Tottenham, Sarri could even take the team to a 3rd place finish this season.
Chelsea are also very much alive in the Europa League, and in pole position to reach the final after contriving a 1-1 result in the first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Watford meanwhile have been one of the most consistent sides in the Premier League this season outside the top-six. For long they were the frontrunners to earn the best of the tag rest and finish 7th on the table.
But the Hornets have gone off the boil off late, losing three times in the last four games heading into this match.
Watford can't finish seventh but they can still make this a memorable campaign because they are in the final of the FA Cup.
The Premier League match will be played between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge, in London. The ground has a capacity of 41,631.
The game will start at 06:30 PM (IST), on Sunday, April 5.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Chelsea – W L D D W L
Watford – W W L W D L
Injured – Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s season is over after the young England international underwent surgery on his Achilles.
Antonio Rudiger is also out for the rest of the season.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Ruben-Loftus Cheek should be fit after picking up a knock in the Europa League in midweek.
Gary Cahill will be monitored after complaining of pain in Achilles Tendon.
Note: Eden Hazard should come back into the side after coming off the bench against Frankfurt. Maurizio Sarri could make more changes, especially in the attacking department. Gonzalo Higuain is expected to replace Olivier Giroud in the playing 11.
Probable XI: Kepa (GK), Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Hazard, Higuain
Injured – Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prodl are out for Watford.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Tom Cleverley remains a doubt.
Note: Troy Deeney is available once again after missing the last game with a suspension. That means he will be starting the game alongside Gerard Deulofeu with Andre Gray dropping down to the bench.
Probable XI: Foster (GK), Hoelbas, Mariappa, Cathcart, Femenia, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra, Hughes, Deulofeu, Deeney
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 3.5, 13.5, 3, 3
N'Golo Kante – 3, 11, 4
Eden Hazard – 3.5, 10, 4, 21
Cesar Azpilicueta – 3.5, 10.5, 1, 8
David Luiz – 3.5, 4.5, 2.5
Gerard Deulofeu – 4, 9, 7.5
Stats and facts:
Chelsea have been victorious in seven of their last 8 home Premier League games against Watford.
Watford have beaten Chelsea just once in the last 15 games in all competitions (Lost 11).
Eden Hazard is Chelsea‘s highest goal-scorer this season with 16 strikes. He has also racked up a team-high 13 assists as well.
Cesar Azpilicueta (102), N'Golo Kante (74) and Jorginho (72) have made the most successful tackles for Chelsea this season.
Troy Deeney has scored a team-high 9 goals for Watford this season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
This is Watford's last home game, so expect the hosts to come out the blocks with spring on their heels. That said, Abdoulaye Doucoure is one of the most consistent players in Watford's ranks. No wonder, he has been getting attention from all over Europe and is being linked with a move to PSG as well.
Eden Hazard was used from the bench against Frankfurt, and he will definitely start here. He needs no introduction. He belongs to a unique breed who can change the face of the game in a trice.
Watford are normally compact at home, so Hazard's trickery and fast feet could open the game up for the Blues.
A good option to name him your vice-captain.
Other options for captain and vice-captain: Gerard Deulofeu, Pedro, Ricardo Pereyra, Cesar Azpilicueta
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster
Defenders: David Luiz, Azpilicueta, David Luiz
Midfielders: Pedro, Kante, Doucoure (C), Will Hughes, R Pereyra
Forwards: Hazard (VC), Deulofeu / Deeney
CHE vs WAT Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
CHE vs WAT Dream11 potential winner:
Watford should at least get a draw here.