May 15, 2017
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Chelsea vs Watford: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Newly-crowned Premier League champions will welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge on Monday. It will be a party atmosphere in West London as this will be their first home game since they clinched the title last Friday. They haven’t been given much rest, but they won’t care about that as their job for the season is done. That said, it would be a surprise if they take their foot off the gas as Antonio Conte isn’t the type of character to accept that.

The Blues have undergone a huge transformation from the team that underachieved last season and the key to that has been the arrival of the Italian head coach. He has fired up the players and changed their tactical set-up. The 3-4-3 formation gets the best out of the players that he has at his disposal. Although a lot of teams are playing a similar shape in the Premier League now, Chelsea were the trendsetters at the beginning of this season. They have achieved their goal for the campaign and it will be interesting to see how they push on over the summer.

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Meanwhile, their opponents on Monday have also achieved their pre-season objective as they have confirmed their Premier League status for another campaign. However, we have witnessed a similar trend to last term. After a great start under Walter Mazzarri, they have slowed down after the turn of the year and it seems that there is little ambition past surviving in the top flight. Since reaching 40 points, they have lost four successive matches, which is a huge concern.

Recent form

Chelsea recovered from their two slip-ups to Crystal Palace and West Ham United to win their last four matches, clinching the title in the process. The Blues have been excellent at putting together runs of victories this season and they could finish it with a run of six wins if they triumph in their final two matches.

Watford have only won three of their last ten matches and haven’t picked up a single point since they reached 40 points in April. Furthermore, they haven’t scored a goal since that day either.

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Predicted line-ups

There could be a lot of changes made by the home side now that the title has been confirmed. N’Golo Kante could return, while Michy Batshuayi, Willian, Nathan Ake and John Terry could all be given starts.

Juan Camilo Zuniga could be given a start in defence, while M’Baye Niang is an option to change things in attack as they were once again inefficient at the weekend.

Injuries/suspensions

N’Golo Kante could return to the side after missing the last two matches, which will mean that Antonio Conte will have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Watford will be missing Christian Kabasele who picked up a hamstring injury against Watford. Tom Cleverley will return to the squad after being ineligible for Friday’s defeat against the Toffees.

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Match Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Chelsea have been in great form and will want to finish their season with two wins. That would move them onto 93 points, which would represent an excellent total. It can be difficult to predict the results of a champion after they have been crowned, but Conte will continue to demand the best from his players.

If he opts to field some fringe players, they will see it as an opportunity to play their way into his plans for the FA Cup final. Watford have lost their last four, while Chelsea have won theirs. There is surely only one outcome on Monday.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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