Considering the tournament position of the teams in anticipation of the next confrontation, Frank Lampard’s guys would be preferable to be the favorite. His wards have noticeably added recently. Watford looks pretty good at home. Can a team from London defeat this fortress?
Watford team news
A month and a half has passed since the moment when Quique Sanchez Flores led Watford. The Spanish specialist rebuilt the team for the game with five defenders, but so far it is difficult to unequivocally answer whether he solved the problems of the “hornet” in defense. On the one hand, in the previous three games, “Watford” conceded only one goal – and that one in London in the away match against “Tottenham Hotspur”. According to the statistics of the game in defense, the “hornets” in October were among the best. On the other hand, “dry” home matches with “Sheffield United” and “Bournemouth” – is not an indicator. Moreover, the “cherries” several times were very close to the goal.
Also, Watford continues to suffer losses. In the match with “Bournemouth” Kike Sanchez Flores lost Tom Cleverly, and even earlier – in London – Danny Welbeck dropped out for a long time. Troy Deeney is still unavailable, so the Hornet coach can continue to use the wingers – Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereira to spearhead the attack. Cleverley in midfield can replace Nathaniel Chalobah.
Chelsea team news
An opponent of the “Hornets” in the middle of the week dropped out of the English League Cup. But the defeat of “Manchester United” is unlikely to hit the mood of the players, “Chelsea”. Because the mentor gave young players to play. The “blue” gave a series of four victories in a row and are now sharing with “Leicester” the third and fourth positions in the standings. In addition, the team significantly increased their chances of reaching the Champions League playoffs, beating Ajax away.
Frank Lampard in the cup match expectedly held in reserve Cesar Aspilicuetu, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Willian got a good rest. Probably all of the named players will return to the starting lineup. As for N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri, this couple is still inaccessible. But in the application may be Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, who returned to the main group.
Team possible starting lineup
Watford starting lineup:
Foster; Kabasele, Dawson, Cathcart; Janmaat, Capoue, Chalobah, Doucoure, Holebas; Deulofeu, Pereyra
Chelsea starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham
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