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Chelsea vs Watford – LIVE Reddit Soccer 22/05/2022

Chelsea vs Watford – LIVE Reddit Soccer 22/05/2022

Chelsea head into their final Premier League fixture against Watford on Sunday afternoon having realistically already secured third position in the standings. Meanwhile, Watford will guarantee 19th position with all three points at Stamford Bridge, although it will still take a Norwich City win against Tottenham Hotspur to dislodge them from second-bottom. Having failed to record more than two points per game in this season’s Premier League, there can be no denying that Chelsea have endured a disappointing top-flight campaign by their own high standards.

Nevertheless, as Thomas Tuchel alluded to earlier this week, the Blues have been competing against two of the best teams that this country has ever seen, and they would have been required to reach 90 points for just the fourth time in their history to rival Manchester City or Liverpool. Realistically, third spot was as good as it was ever going to be this season, although that will not be used as an excuse for just 12 points coming from their last nine Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea again missed numerous chances on Thursday evening as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City, Marcos Alonso cancelling out James Maddison’s early strike. The West Londoners have now won just one of their last five league fixtures at Stamford Bridge, that solitary triumph being posted courtesy of a last-gasp winner against West Ham United. Only a Chelsea defeat, a Spurs win over Norwich and an 18-goal swing will prevent the home side from claiming third spot, although Watford will be hoping that Spurs can get the better of the Canaries at Carrow Road.

Chelsea will aim to end their 2021/22 Premier League campaign on a high when they welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Just one more week remains for the 2021/22 season to officially end. The curtains will fall on the Premier League campaign on Sunday, with all ten games scheduled to be played simultaneously on Sunday. And Chelsea will look to end the term on a positive note when they play hosts to Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will end a second successive Premier League campaign in the third spot on the table unless they lose heavily and Tottenham Hotspur can score goals in double figures against Norwich City. But 2021/22 will go down in Chelsea history as the season where the Roman Abramovich era ended in the wake of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Chelsea’s new owners will hope to continue Chelsea’s legacy of being a successful club, provided the takeover goes through without any hiccups. Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel will remember 2021/22 as the season that got destabilised by off-field issues, ultimately ending with only the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to show for their efforts.

On the other hand, Watford’s return to the Premier League has ended quickly, with the Hornets going down after just one season in the top flight. The Pozo family has continued the bizarre tradition of being trigger friendly with their managers, with Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri failing to steer Watford to safety. Roy Hodgson did not succeed in his endeavour either and will retire after guiding the Hornets to a 19th-placed finish.

The reverse fixture ended in a 2-1 win for Chelsea, with Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech on target, while Emmanuel Dennis scored for Watford. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

Thomas Tuchel is sweating over the fitness of a few first-team players ahead of the visit of Watford. On Saturday, the Chelsea manager could be bereft of the services of up to five squad members due to injury concerns and other issues.

Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) remain long-term absentees, with the duo expected to return in time for the start of Chelsea’s pre-season campaign. Meanwhile, Tuchel will be concerned about the availability of Mateo Kovacic (ankle), Timo Werner (hamstring) and Andreas Christensen.

Christensen should miss out again for Chelsea, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger will form the central defensive unit against Watford. Edouard Mendy picks himself between the sticks, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being his deputy.

Up ahead in midfield, Kovacic’s doubtful status will enable Tuchel to pair Jorginho with N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park. Reece James and Marcos Alonso should flank the central midfield duo, with the two wing-backs carrying much of Chelsea’s creative threat.

Mason Mount got some much-needed rest on Thursday against Leicester City but should return to the starting eleven against Watford. Kai Havertz will likely be the other attacking midfielder, with Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic options on the bench. Finally, Romelu Lukaku will spearhead the Chelsea attack on Sunday.

With a £2.2m difference between 19th and 20th, the Hornets will want to finish in the former position, and an eight-game winless streak suggests that they may have to be reliant on results elsewhere.

Roy Hodgson, who will be replaced by Rob Edwards after this game, spoke highly of his players after the recent goalless draw against Everton, but they were thrashed 5-1 at home to Leicester in their most recent outing.

Two of their last three away defeats have been at Liverpool and Manchester City, Hodgson perhaps partially relieved that only seven goals were shipped in those fixtures.

With this game representing the 74-year-old’s 1231st and likely final game as a manager, he will be hoping that his players can give him the footballing send-off that he deserves.

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