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Chelsea vs Watford LIVE: Express Sport brings you all the latest team news, updates and analysis from Stamford Bridge


Hassan: We’ve reached a point where I am actually afraid of playing Watford – enough said.

Toby: Feel so sorry for Chelsea and their injury crisis. They have such a weak squad. How will they cope?

Roscoe: Happy to see Antonio Rudiger start. Hopefully start fast, get an early goal & kick on better than we did on Wednesday!


11:40: Antonio Conte has made three changes from last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace.

Willian and Michy Batshuayi both drop to the bench, while Victor Moses remains sidelined through injury.

In come Antonio Rudiger, Pedro and Alvaro Morata as Chelsea look to get back to winning ways.

17-year-old former Exeter defender Ethan Ampadu is on the substitutes bench. Lots of people saying this kid is the real deal.


11:35: Marco Silva makes one change to the side who beat Arsenal last week.

Troy Deeney replaces Andre Gray in attack as the Hornets continue with three at the back.


11:30: As promised, here are today’s line-ups. I see that David Luiz has recovered from that calf strain.

Chelsea XI: Rudiger, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christiansen, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Musonda, Willian, Batshuayi.

Watford XI: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Holebas; Pereyra, Deeney (C), Richarlison.

Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue, Carrillo, Gray.


11:25: The starting XI’s will be arriving shortly folks. Fingers crossed Eden Hazard is starting, he’s my Fantasy Football captain…


11:20: How’s everyone feeling this morning?

I’m irritable. I spent the entire train journey to work listening to a group of ladies discussing the virtues of the humble avocado.

It was all very pleasant until one of the group suggested making tea with the seed…

From the onwards it was mutiny.

Speaking of mutiny, Antonio Conte has dismissed rumours of discontent swirling around Stamford Bridge, with some reports suggesting the players are unhappy with his training methods.

We’ll have more on that a little bit later.


11:15: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Watford from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after eight games, and desperately need to end a run of three matches without a win.

Conversely, Marco Silva’s Watford are loving life.

The Hornets climbed up to fourth place when coming from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 last Saturday, and have a genuine chance of winning at the Bridge for the first time since 1986.

It should be a belter. Let’s get going!


Defender David Luiz (calf) and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (groin) are Chelsea’s latest injury concerns, with boss Antonio Conte saying he has “many doubts” for this game.

Midfielders Danny Drinkwater (calf) and N’Golo Kante (hamstring) and wing-back Victor Moses (hamstring) are out.

Watford are again without defenders Sebastian Prodl (thigh) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring) but there are no fresh injury problems.

Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and defender Craig Cathcart both continue to recover from knee problems, along with forwards Isaac Success and Mauro Zarate.

Last season: Chelsea 4 Watford 3, Watford 1 Chelsea 2

Last five league matches: Chelsea W D W L L; Watford W L W D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 7; Richarlison (Watford) 6