With Chelsea dropping points at the weekend and shortening the gap at the top, they look to bounce back when they visit Watford.
With Chelsea dropping points at the weekend and shortening the gap at the top, they look to bounce back when they visit Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday.
The league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United, while Watford were defeated 4-2 by Leicester City.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had their leading position cut short to just one point as Michael Carrick’s Manchester United sealed a point at Stamford Bridge.
It took until the 50th minute when Jorginho – who recently finished third in the Ballon d’Or voting – allowed Jadon Sancho through on goal after a poor first-touch to gift the visitors a 0-1 lead.
Redemption was secured for the Euro 2020 winner just 20 minutes later, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka gave away a cheap penalty for a foul on Thiago Silva which was expertly converted by the Italian to draw the home side level.
Despite still sitting at the top of the Premier League on 30 points – just one above contender Manchester City – the Blues will feel the 1-1 draw was two points dropped as they go into the game with Watford.
Chelsea have an excellent form away from home in the league this year – with four successive away victories without conceding and the only side yet to be defeated away from home.
Claudio Ranieri’s side failed to capitalise on their impressive 4-1 victory against Manchester United last week as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat away to Leicester.
The Italian was greeted with a warm welcome back to the capacity crowd at the King Power, though it was the only high point of the afternoon with his side out-classed by the Foxes.
It was James Maddison who opened the scoring early on, and later providing for both of Jamie Vardy’s goals along with a finish from Ademola Lookman to earn the home side all three points despite a late fight-back after Emmanuel Dennis got Watford back into the game.
Watford now find themselves in 17th place, just three points safety and Manchester City to follow their game with Chelsea. Though fixtures against Brentford and Burnley shortly after should prove to be vital games for Ranieri to provide breathing space for his side.
Chelsea have received a boost to their forward line as Romelu Lukaku made a cameo appearance of the bench against Manchester United and should be ready to start for the first time since September, though N’Golo Kante remains out.
Ben Chilwell will be out until next year after suffering from cruciate ligament damage as well as absentee Mateo Kovacic who continues to miss out.
Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta may be drafted back into the Chelsea defence along with Mason Mount who came off the bench on Sunday.
As for Watford, forward Emmanuel Dennis and Adam Masina are new injury doubts after their defeat to Leicester, while Ben Foster is set to miss out through injury.
The goalkeeper joins the long list of absentees alongside Nicolas N’Koulou, Peter Etebo, Kwadwo Baah, Ken Sema, Isamaila Sarr and Francisco Sierralta.
Watford vs Chelsea – kick off at 7:30pm a (UK time) on Wednesday 1st December 2021.