Chelsea vs Watford prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?

In a crucial game at both ends of the Premier League table, Chelsea host Watford hoping to bounce back from defeat against West Ham.

That result hurt Nigel Pearson’s side in their bid to beat the drop after just one point from their three games since Project Restart.

Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored at Vicarage Road back in November in a 2-1 win for the visitors.

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The Blues only have two points separating themselves from Manchester United and Wolves in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Here is our prediction for the game.

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When is it and what time is kick-off?

The match will begin at 8pm on Saturday 4 July at Stamford Bridge.

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NowTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

You can get a live stream through NowTV or the Sky Go app.

Team news

Mateo Kovacic came off at the London Stadium with a knock and could be a doubt here, while Fikayo Tomori is nearing a return to fitness having just missed out midweek.

Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah have been missing after being reprimanded for breaching lockdown rules. While Isaac Success, Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu should all be out once more.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea predicted X: Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic

Watford predicted XI: Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney

Odds

Chelsea: 2/5

Draw: 7/2

Watford: 13/2

Prediction

Chelsea’s defensive fragility was on full display at the London Stadium and Nigel Pearson will hope to expose that once again. But Frank Lampard’s anger following the defeat against West Ham suggests he should get a reaction here and for all their problems at the back, even with Tammy Abraham struggling, the Blues pose a threat going forward. Christian Pulisic is enjoying his best form since joining the Blues and we expect the hosts to have just enough to maintain the required pace in the battle for a top four finish. 2-1.

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