PREMIER LEAGUE leaders Chelsea make the short journey to Watford tonight looking to get back to winning ways.
The Blues were held 1-1 by Man Utd last time out, while the Hornets have lost three of their last four top-flight games.
- Kick-off time: 7.30pm GMT
- Watford XI: To follow
- Chelsea XI: To follow
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What is the team news?
Emmanuel Dennis and Adam Masina are doubts ahead of the Chelsea clash after picking up injuries in the clash with Leicester.
Ben Foster is out with a groin problem and Ismaila Sarr is also injured.
Romelu Lukaku may be in line to start for the Blues after coming on as a sub against Man Utd at the weekend.
Ben Chilwell is out with an ACL injury while Mateo Kovacic is still on the sidelines too.
Mason Mount may start, however, after coming off the bench against Man Utd and Juventus last week.
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Chelsea are top of the Premier League table with a mere one point separating them from second-placed Manchester City.
The Blues have won nine out of 13 matches, which is the joint highest tally with City, and lost just once, which is the joint best return with Liverpool.
The west Londoners have scored 31 goals, which is the second highest amount behind the Reds, and only conceded five times, which means they have the best defence in the top flight.
But Thomas Tuchel’s men are facing an interesting challenge as although they have won their last two away Prem games against Watford, they have never won three in a row at Vicarage Road before.
Furthermore, Chelsea haven't won any of their last five Premier League games on a Wednesday, losing three times along the way
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Watford are 17th in the Premier League table with a mere three points separating them from the relegation zone.
The Hornets have won four out of 13 matches and lost eight times along the way by scoring 18 goals and conceding 24, which is the highest tally out of every team outside the drop zone.
Watford haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 23 Prem matches, which is the longest current run of any team, and have shipped 45 goals in the process since a 3-0 victory over Liverpool in February 2020.
The Hornets won their last Premier League fixture on a Wednesday in January 2020 when they beat Wolves 2-1, which was their first ever league win on that day
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Watford and Chelsea’s first ever encounter took place way back in 1970 during an FA Cup semi-final clash that saw the Blues winning 5-1.
Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of 29 times with the west Londoners winning a majority of 17 games, compared to the Hornets’ mere seven victories.
Watford’s most recent win over Chelsea took place in 2018 when they triumphed with a 4-1 score at Vicarage Road but went on to lose all their next four meetings that followed.
That was their first victory in nine years as they lost 10 out of their previous 13 matches across all competitions
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GOOD EVENING FROM WATFORD
Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road.
Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri faces his former team and is dealing with quite an injury crisis with various key players sidelined.
Ismaila Sarr (knee ligaments), Ben Foster (groin) and Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring) have all been ruled out until at least January, while Ken Sema is dealing with a knee problem.
Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), Peter Etebo (quad) and Kwadwo Baah (ankle) are also unavailable, whereas Ranieri will have to make a late assessment on Emmanuel Dennis and Juraj Kucka.
However, it’s not all bad news as Adam Masina is expected to be fit after overcoming a recent knock against Leicester.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, will have to make a late call on Jorginho, Reece James and Timo Werner’s fitness, even though they all trained before the match.
But Tuchel will still be deprived of Ben Chilwell and N'Golo Kante as they are both out with a knee injury.
Mateo Kovacic is nursing a hamstring problem, but Romelu Lukaku appears to have overcome his ankle issue as he made a substitute appearance against Manchester United last week.
That means Lukaku may even be fit enough to start for the Blues against Watford
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