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Chelsea 4-3 Watford

  • Chelsea and Watford play out thriller at Stamford Bridge.
  • Goals from John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Michy Batshuayi and Cesc Fabregas hand champions victory.
  • Etienne Capoue, Daryl Janmaat and Stefan Okaka ensured visitors fought back.
  • Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.
  • Watford: Gomes (GK) (c); Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Amrabat, Cleverley, Behrami, Doucouré, Janmaat; Capoue; Niang.
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21:54

Full-time: Chelsea 4-3 Watford

21:54

A bit of handbags to end the game, resulting in a yellow card for Deeney.

21:51

10-man Watford almost became nine as Holebas gives away yet another foul.

21:51

RED CARD! Prodl is shown his second yellow for a late challenge on Pedro.

21:50

Pedros surges through in the hope for a fifth goal but the Spaniard's chip is a bit too ambitious and sails over the bar.

Watford replace Capoue with Deeney.

21:49

FIVE minutes of added time to play.

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Excellent work from Kante and Willian hands Fabregas a chance to score after missing an earlier chance, and he more than makes amends with a fine effort.

21:47

GOAL! Chelsea 4-3 Watford (Fabregas)

21:44

Fabregas tries the spectacular and forces a corner from Gomes from all of 35 yards. The Brazilian parries for a corner, which is headed over by Terry.

21:43

Batshuayi reacts angrily to a late Prodl challenge. The Austrian was reckless, but there was no intent to harm Batshuayi, who almost headbutted his nemesis.

The Belgian has now been taken off, with Pedro in his place.

21:41

Chelsea set to bring on Pedro, but their plans may be scuppered as Zouma is struggling with what seems to be a thigh problem.

21:39

Okaka is pulling all the strings! The Italian combines with Capoue before finding Behrami, who shoots wide from all of 25 yards.

21:37

Chelsea's second substitution: Fabregas on, Chalobah off.

21:37

Fabregas is now stripped and ready to come on.

Watford's tails are up as they force another corner out of Zouma. Cleverley takes and Okaka almost connects, but Chelsea just about clear.

21:34

Amrabat lays the ball back to Cleverley, who crosses the ball into the box. Chelsea fail to clear and the ball falls to Okaka's feet. The Italian, who only just came on for Niang, makes no mistake with a smart finish.

Chelsea make an immediate change as Aina replaces Kenedy.

21:32

GOAL! Chelsea 3-3 Watford (Okaka)

21:30

The all-action Azpilicueta wants more goals and almost bags another, but Gomes is on hand to save Watford, as he so often has this season.

Willian takes the corner that Azpilicueta catches sweetly on the volley, but his effort, surprisingly, flies over.

A change for Watford as Niang is replaced by Okaka.

21:28

Batshuayi tries to bag another but his effort is blocked by Prodl. The ball then falls to Ake, who shoots well wide of goal.

21:26

The game has fallen in tempo after an all-action start to the second period. Hazard plucks out Willian with a great ball over the top but the Brazilian is shepherded out by Holebas, who risked fouling him on the touchline.

21:18

Chalobah the latest to go in Lee Mason's notebook after colliding with Behrami. The young Englishman was incensed by the decision, which did look harsh.

21:15

Batshuayi is the man of the moment for Chelsea.

21:13

Azpilicueta furious with Daryl Janmaat after receiving what he perceives to be a deliberate elbow from the Dutchman, who tries to make amends. The Spaniard is having none of it, though.

21:11

GOAL! Chelsea 3-2 Watford (Janmaat)

A wonderful solo goal from Janmaat as he latches onto a loose ball, drives at the heart of the Chelsea defence, turns Ake and finds a way past Begovic. An instant reply from Watford.

21:09

Yet again, the goal comes from a corner.

Hazard finds Kenedy who lets fly, his shot is deflected into the path of Ake, who calmly squares the ball to Batshuayi. The Belgian simply cannot miss.