Luiz to Start? Chelsea’s Predicted XI to face Watford

By Joel Turner IN General,Lineup,Premier League - 09:10 Oct 21st 2017

Chelsea will be keen to get back to winning ways against Watford today after back-to-back league defeats dented their hopes of defending the Premier League title.

After defeats against Man City and Crystal Palace they now face fourth-placed Watford, who are buoyant after victory against Arsenal last weekend.

A draw against Roma in midweek may have helped to restore confidence in a side that could end up 12 points adrift of league leaders City if they lose again today. (view our detailed statistical match preview of the game)

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CHELSEA LINE-UP
v WATFORD - STAMFORD BRIDGE, 21 Oct 2017, 12:30
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Courtois
92%
010 / 0
David Luiz
63%
204 / 1
Cahill
63%
001 / 1
Azpilicuet
90%
141 / 0
Zappacosta
29%
110 / 0
Alonso
89%
213 / 0
Fabregas
80%
131 / 1
Bakayoko
73%
222 / 0
Pedro
38%
220 / 0
Hazard
46%
230 / 0
Morata
61%
721 / 0
Totals201913 / 3

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has fresh injury concerns in the form of  David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Luiz was withdrawn early in the game against Roma as a precaution and Bakayoko complained of groin pain. Both are however hoped to have recovered for today’s game.

Victor Moses remains injured, which should hand another opportunity to Davide Zappacosta at wing-back.

Danny Drinkwater – who is yet to make his Chelsea debut – and N’Golo Kante remain unavailable through injury.

 

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