Chelsea vs Watford
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 22 May 2022
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
When Chelsea hosts Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they will be looking to complete their Premier League campaign on a high note.
Only one week remained till the 2021/22 season comes to a close.
The Premier League season will come to an end on Sunday, with all ten games scheduled to be played at the same time.
Chelsea will hope to finish the season on a high note when they host Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will finish third in the Premier League for the second consecutive season unless they lose badly and Tottenham Hotspur score ten goals against Norwich City.
However, the season 2021/22 will go down in Chelsea history as the season in which the Roman Abramovich era came to an end in the aftermath of the Russian-Ukraine war.
Chelsea’s new owners will seek to maintain the club’s prosperous history, assuming the takeover goes well.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel will recall the season of 2021/22 as one marred by off-field troubles, with only the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to show for their efforts.
Watford’s return to the Premier League, on the other hand, was short-lived, as the Hornets were relegated after only one season in the top division.
With Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri failing to take Watford to safety, the Pozo family has continued their peculiar pattern of being trigger nice with their managers.
Roy Hodgson, who led the Hornets to a 19th-place finish, will also retire after failing to achieve his goal.
Chelsea won 2-1 in the reverse encounter, with Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech scoring, while Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis scored.
The Hard Tackle examines the matchup before of the most recent meeting between the two teams.
Chelsea vs Watford Head to head :
- The latest encounter had finished in a 1-2 win for Chelsea.
- They are on a five-fixture winning streak.
- The hosts had scored a total of 36 goals from the past 9 appearances at this venue combined.
- The latest meeting at this ground had finished in a 3-0 win for the hosts.
Chelsea vs Watford Prediction :
Watford will be down to the bare bones due to Roy Hodgson’s squad’s fitness difficulties.
As a result, the veteran manager could end his career on a losing note, given the vast difference in talent between the Hornets and Chelsea.
The Blues, on the other hand, have been vulnerable defensively, as they discovered against Leicester City earlier this week.
Chelsea, on the other hand, should easily defeat Watford on Sunday, with Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku causing havoc in the final third.
Chelsea will win 3-0 on Sunday, according to The Hard Tackle.
Chelsea vs Watford Team News :
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Xabi Alonso are all expected to start this game ahead of possible summer exits, however it’s uncertain if Andreas Christensen will get the same treatment.
Another player who could depart Stamford Bridge, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, could start in goal, with Malang Sarr and Saul Niguez getting some playing time.
Tuchel is unlikely to take any risks with Timo Werner’s hamstring issue, therefore youngster Harvey Vale might be among the replacements.
Despite the style of Watford’s defeat to Leicester, Hodgson does not have many options for making significant changes to his starting lineup due to the club’s injury list.
Ben Foster, the club’s goalkeeper, will make his final appearance, while Hassane Kamara and William Troost-Ekong could return to the defense.
Kwadwo Baah, a highly-rated teenager, might make his Watford debut if he comes on as a substitute.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr; James, Saul, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount; Havertz
Watford possible starting lineup:
Foster; Ngakia, Kabasele, Troost-Ekong, Kamara; Sissoko, Kayembe, Gosling; Kalu, Pedro, Sema