The second home game since the restart is served up this weekend. We continue our build-up with the essential numbers in detail…
Chelsea vs Watford head to head Premier League record
Chelsea are seeking a fourth consecutive victory against the Hornets for the first time.
We have won six and lost one of our past seven Premier League games against Watford, seven games which have brought a combined 30 goals scored (4.28 per game), with the Blues netting 18 to Watford’s 12.
Watford have won one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (two draws, nine defeats), winning 4-1 at Vicarage Road in February 2018.
Watford’s last victory at the Bridge was in May 1986 when they won 5-1. Eighteen-year-old youth team keeper Les Fridge played his only game for the club.
The Hornets have not kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge since November 1986. They have conceded 34 goals in their 11 trips since then.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 1-5 Watford – 1985/86
Chelsea 4-0 Watford – 2006/07
Last season’s corresponding match
CHELSEA 3 WATFORD 0
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 05.05.19, 2pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz (Cahill 88), Alonso; Kante (Loftus-Cheek 9), Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 78), Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Zappacosta, Barkley, Willian.
Injured Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Drinkwater
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Scorers Loftus-Cheek 48, David Luiz 51, Higuain 75
Watford (4-4-2) Foster; Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Hughes, N Chalobah (Cleverley 66), Doucoure, Pereyra; Deulofeu (Success 82), Deeney (c) (Gray 82)
Unused subs Gomes, Janmaat, Masina, Kabasele.
Head coach Javi Gracia
Booked Doucoure 90
Referee Paul Tierney
With the Blues failing to leapfrog Leicester on Wednesday, four points now separate the Foxes in third, Chelsea (fourth), Man Utd (fifth) and Wolves in sixth.
Chelsea are aiming to win four consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since October-December 2017 when we achieved seven in a row when Antonio Conte was in charge.
Chelsea have lost four of our past five Premier League matches against teams starting the day 17th or lower in the division.
With his penalty on Wednesday, Willian reached eight Premier League goals for the season, equalling his previous best season in 2016/17.
Willian is the first player to score a Premier League goal in every month of the year.
Willian has scored all six penalties he has taken for the club plus three from three in shoot outs.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 13, Willian 8 (3 pens), Pulisic 7, Mount 6, Alonso 4, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Giroud 3, Kante 3, Azpilicueta 2, Rudiger 2, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Tomori 1
This season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Foster 32, Doucoure 31, Cathcart 29
Most goals: Deeney 6, Sarr 5, Deulofeu 4, Doucoure 4
Most assists: Deulofeu 5, Sarr 3, four on 2
Most clean sheets: Foster 9
Watford are one point above the relegation zone with six games to play.
Nigel Pearson’s side have won one of their past 10 Premier League matches, a 3-0 victory over champions Liverpool in February.
They are without a win in their past five away Premier League matches, since a 3-0 win against Bournemouth in January.
Watford have lost 26 of their 27 away Premier League games against sides starting the day in the top four of the table, winning the other in January 2017 versus Arsenal.
On their travels, Watford have lost all 10 league games when they have gone behind this season.
Ben Foster made his 100th consecutive Premier League start for Watford against Southampton last week, becoming the oldest player (37 years 86 days) to appear in 100 straight matches in the competition.
Against Southampton, Watford were the only team in the Premier League this season, and the first since November 2017, to score in a game despite not having a single shot on target.
The Hornets have lost 10 of their 16 away games this season, picking up 10 points from a possible 48.
Premier League scorers
Deeney 6 (2 pens), Sarr 5, Deulofeu 4 (1 pen), Doucoure 4, Pereyra 3 (1 pen), Gray 2, Cleverley 1, Dawson 1, Hughes 1, Masina 1, own-goal 1.
Nigel Pearson’s record v Chelsea
Watford’s last Premier League game
Sunday 28 June
Watford 1 Southampton 3
Team 4-2-3-1: Foster; Femenia (Pussetto 79), Cathcart, Dawson, Masina (Holebas 74); Hughes (Welbeck 73), Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra (Joao Pedro 74); Deeney (c)
Booked: Dawson, Doucoure, Cathcart
Scorer: Bednarek own-goal 79
Watford have conceded the most fouls in the Premier League this season (398).
There are no suspensions.
In the Premier League, the deadline for suspension for accumulating five and 10 bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 15 cautions before the end of the season to escape a three-match ban.
Premier League bookings list
Jorginho 10, Kovacic 7, Christensen 5, Zouma 5, Alonso 4, Kanté 4, Willian 4, Emerson 3, Mount 3, Rudiger 3, Tomori 3, Abraham 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Pedro 1
Doucoure 9, Capoue 7, Cathcart 7, Dawson 5, Femenia 5, Holebas 5, Hughes 4, Deeney 3, Deulofeu 3, Masina 3, Pereyra 3, Mariappa 2, Chalobah 1, Foster 1, Gray 1, Janmaat 1, Kabasele 1, Pussetto 1, Sarr 1, Success 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Kevin Friend
VAR: Graham Scott
Kevin Friend was the official for our last game before the lockdown against Everton. His only other Blues game this season was against Burnley in January, also at the Bridge.