Chelsea duo miss out of Watford clash through injury as outcast handed rare start

Chelsea duo miss out of Watford clash through injury as outcast handed rare start

Chelsea look to get back to winning ways

A wasteful Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening as Jorginho featured heavily.

It was the Italian’s mistake that allowed Jadon Sancho to pounce, a poor touch handing the out of form forward a clear route to goal, before he calmly rolled the ball past Edouard Mendy.

However, Jorginho redeemed himself somewhat, slotting home a penalty to level the scores after Aaron Wan Bissaka was adjudged to have fouled Thiago Silva.

The result cuts Thomas Tuchels side’s lead to just a point at the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester City breathing down their necks and Liverpool a further point behind the west Londoners.

As a result, they desperately need to get back to winning ways when they face Watford at Vicarage Road this evening.

Speaking ahead of the game, however, Tuchel revealed that all of Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner picked up minor knocks against the Red Devils, while N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic remain out.

James doesn’t even make the bench

And, in agonising news for Chelsea and FPL users globally, Reece James has not even made it onto the bench for the clash with the Hornets, while Jorginho is also not deemed fit enough to start.

With Kovacic and Kante both out, this means a rare start for Saul Niguez, the Atletico Madrid loanee, in the centre of midfield. Meanwhile, Kai Havertz is preferred to both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to lead the line, with Mason Mount returning from injury.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Brentford FC 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
17 Watford FC 13 -6 13
18 Norwich City 14 -20 10
19 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4

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