Chelsea vs Watford: Get 18/1 on Blues to Win

Chelsea vs Watford: Get 18/1 on Blues to Win

Chelsea vs Watford: Get 18/1 on Blues to Win

Midfielders N'Golo Kante (hamstring), Danny Drinkwater (calf) and right wing-back Victor Moses (hamstring) are out against Watford, while David Luiz (calf) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (groin) picked up knocks against Roma and could be absent.

Crucially, Conte has allowed his relationship with Abramovich's principal advisor at Chelsea to deteriorate to the point where an accelerated divorce now appears the most probable outcome. It should also see a return to the more proactive 3-4-3 - hopefully with Pedro, who's less out of form than Willian- rather than the defensive 3-5-2, which has not worked as well as it did earlier in the season.

The mood at the moment is not the best.

Hughes reported Conte insisted on three training sessions between Saturday's shock 2-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace and Wednesday's 3-3 draw with AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League.

"To come back into the game to get a point is big for the team, to show the character and that we won't give up".

"I think we are doing everything to try to win games".

Defender Gary Cahill, however, is expected to be available despite having stitches in a chin wound and finishing the Roma match swathed in a huge bandage. We are playing every two days, it's impossible and we are paying for this.

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"Alongside that we are having important injuries and everyone knows we don't have a huge squad".

However, that does not change the fact Chelsea look understrength and ill-equipped to fight for silverware on four separate fronts in 2017-18. I repeat: "the problem is [having] to play every game with the same players".

The champions, who host Watford tomorrow, are already nine points behind leaders City.

But Hornets boss Marco Silva may not turn to Troy Deeney, despite his influential display as a substitute against Arsenal last week.

Conte is due to speak to the press on Friday ahead of Chelsea's clash with Watford this weekend.

Asked if he feels that he enjoys the complete support of the Chelsea hierarchy, Conte said: "For me the important thing is to work and I always hope to always have this enthusiasm and pressure to work in my job".

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