Chelsea will be desperate to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss at West Ham when Watford visit Stamford Bridge tonight.
Chelsea take on Watford at Stamford Bridge this Saturday evening knowing that three points may be required to retain their spot in the top four of the Premier League standings.
The chasing pack are now hot on Chelsea’s tail in the scrap for Champions League football, with Manchester United and Wolves just two points back.
Lampard’s team could kick-off tonight in sixth if results go against them.
Watford, meanwhile, face a battle to avoid the drop and have not won since Premier League football resumed. Will they boost their chances by condemning Chelsea to another damaging defeat.
Watford will make the trip to West London knowing that victory could put the club as many as four points above the relegation zone with just five games remaining.
However, despite dominating possession and creating the better chances, the Blues succumbed to a surprise 3-2 defeat against opponents who had struggled in their previous two outings.
The match lost against West Ham leaves Chelsea holding just a two-point lead over Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race for a Champions League spot, significantly upping the stakes ahead of welcoming Watford to Stamford Bridge.
Although Lampard will naturally be excited by the performances of Christian Pulisic in the final third, he acknowledged earlier this week that he was less than impressed with the mistakes being made at the other end of the pitch.
To a large degree, their previous wins against strong opposition are no longer relevant, and Lampard will reiterate to his players that they have to deliver a response this weekend or face the possibility of dropping down to sixth place.
Despite Watford having gone on a four-match winless streak, Nigel Pearson will feel that their extra preparation time could prove decisive at the weekend.
With Villa and Bournemouth looking no closer to ending their own respective runs without a win ahead of games with Liverpool and Manchester United, Pearson knows that there is a window of opportunity for his team.
For the first time since the resumption, they are clear underdogs, but being given that tag in the past has generally led to Watford delivering a positive response during a pivotal period of their season.
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Date, time and venue
Chelsea vs Watford is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
The match will be behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Emerson Palmieri and Kurt Zouma will both expect to feature in the Chelsea starting lineup after the backline’s poor showing against West Ham.
With Mateo Kovacic having sustained a knock on Wednesday night, Jorginho could come into the team for his first appearance since the resumption.
Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud may also get the nod over Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham respectively.
Despite the defeat against Southampton, Pearson could opt against making too many alterations to his Watford side.
Although he has come through the last three games unscathed, Danny Welbeck is likely to remain among the replacements.
Possible line up for chelsea
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud
Possible line up for Watford
Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney
How and where to watch
Chelsea vs Watford will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.
Also, Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.