Chelsea and Watford clash at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday as both sides strive for points for differing reasons.
Chelsea head in to the game in 3rd place, a point behind Leicester City in 4th – but wary that both Wolves and Manchester United are hot on their heels in the race for a Champions League spot.
Frank Lampard will have been furious that his side squandered a great chance to leapfrog Leicester on Wednesday, with the Foxes losing to Everton – but the Blues couldn’t capitalise as they were undone by relegation-threatened West Ham 3-2 at the London Stadium.
West Ham’s win was as damaging for Watford as it was Chelsea, as it gives the Hammers daylight between themselves and the relegation zone – a bottom 3 which the Hornets are teetering above by a point.
For Chelsea, Jorginho may make his first appearance since lockdown after serving his suspension picked up for ten yellow cards prior to the break in the season.
The Italian is likely to replace Mateo Kovacic in the Blues’ midfield after the Croatian picked up a knock against West Ham.
Frank Lampard could shake up the Chelsea defensive line after a poor showing at the London Stadium saw his side ship 3 goals.
Watford will have Danny Welbeck available again, with the striker making his return from a long-term injury in recent matches.
Gerard Deulofeu is expected to miss out for Nigel Pearson’s side though as he continues to recover from surgery undertaken during lockdown.
Chelsea v Watford at Stamford Bridge is an 8pm kick off on Saturday, July 4.