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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.
Cesar azpilicueta

Full-time: Chelsea 4-3 Watford

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

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

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

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.

FIVE minutes of added time to play.

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.

GOAL! Chelsea 4-3 Watford (Fabregas)

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

GOAL! Chelsea 3-3 Watford (Okaka)

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.

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

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.

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.

Batshuayi is the man of the moment for Chelsea.

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.

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.

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.

GOAL! Chelsea 3-1 Watford (Batshuayi)

Teams are back out for the second period. Michy Batshuayi gets proceedings underway.

Half-time: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

Commanding display from a much-changed Chelsea, who lead courtesy of goals from John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta. Etienne Capoue restored parity for Watford after Terry's blunder, but the hosts more than deserve to be in front.

Cesar azpilicueta

Three minutes of added time left to play. Still 2-1 to Chelsea, but Watford are putting up a fight through the likes of Amrabat and Niang.

Is there anything he can't do?

Capoue almost nods in another equaliser as Chelsea fail to fully clear a Watford corner. The midfielder fails to test Begovic, though, and his attempt sailed over the bar.

Niang receiving treatment for a cut on his lip after being caught by the hand of Kante. Substantial amount of blood pouring from the forward's face, but there was nothing malicious or untoward from Kante.

Superb from Azpilicueta. Hazard's corner is cleared only to the path of the Spaniard, who rifles a low, driven shot through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner.

Excellent goal from a simply excellent player.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Watford (Azpilicueta)

Willian find Hazard with another stupendous long ball. He makes space for himself up against Mariappa but drags his shot just wide of Gomes' left post. Both Willian and Hazard have looked very lively for the Blues.

Joy for Terry, but it was rather short-lived.

John Terry

Claims for a penalty waved away as Hazard latches onto Kante's wondrous pass and collides with Gomes. The Brazilian did excellently to stop the Belgian in his tracks.

At the other end, Ake receives a yellow card for clipping Behrami.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Watford (Capoue)

What a minute for John Terry.

Second after giving Chelsea the lead, the veteran's wayward header gives Capoue a gift. The midfielder heads past Begovic to level things up.

It just had to be him.

Willian's corner is not cleared by Watford, and Terry is the first to react to the loose ball, slicing it into the net via the post. Nice to see.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Watford (Terry)

Willian picks out Hazard excellently and the Belgian forces a corner. Hazard takes it short to Willian and the ball is eventually worked to Batshuayi, who swivels and forces another corner.

The game has entered a lull after a rather bright start from Chelsea. Watford trying to create an opening but are hounded by blue shirts at every given opportunity.

John Terry in command, as he has so often been for Chelsea.


A lovely ball from Ake sets Kenedy free. The Brazilian is tripped by Amrabat, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.

Willian delivers the set piece in the hope of finding Ake, but Gomes is able to collect the ball with ease.

Worries for Chelsea as Hazard is clipped late by Behrami. The Belgian is quickly back on his feet, but is still feeling the effects of the challenge.

Hazard goes through the gears and sprays a lovely ball out to Azpilicueta, but the Spaniard's cross finds it way into the hands of Gomes.

Holebas was booked for trying to haul down Willian, The Greek international eventually ended up on the floor.

First chance of the game goes to Chelsea as Willian shrugs off a challenge from Holebas and bursts into the area. The Brazilian finds Batshuayi, but his effort is blocked, as is Eden Hazard's. Three minutes gone, Watford's Behrami is down receiving treatment.

Chelsea fans chant Antonio Conte's name, and he responds by clapping all corners of the stadium. They certainly love the Italian in west London.

Watford get proceedings under way at Stamford Bridge.

A glimpse of the guard of honour.

The referee for today's clash is Lee Mason. A raucous noise rings out from all sides of Stamford Bridge.

Watford are out first, giving Chelsea a respectful guard of honour.

Final reminder of the team news:

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.

The teams are emerging from the Stamford Bridge tunnel. Kick-off just moments away now.

10 minutes until kick-off. Most of Chelsea's stars have been rested, but arguably their three most important players all start tonight.

No rest for the wicked Kante, Azpilicueta and Hazard.

Eden Hazard

All smiles from Watford's Gomes. Will he be grinning from ear to ear when the final whistle blows?

Heurelho Gomes

A reminder of the statistic IB Times UK brought to you before. The omens are good for Chelsea, but can Watford take advantage of Conte's rotation?

A much-changed Chelsea, put through their pre-match paces.

20 minutes to go until kick-off. A reminder of this evening's team news, with no fewer than nine changes for Chelsea.

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.

Stamford Bridge

It's party time at Stamford Bridge this evening. And why not?


Quite remarkable from Chelsea. Still very much loving the Roman empire.

Michy Batshuayi starts his first Premier League match this evening. He may have had a largely frustrating campaign at Stamford Bridge, but former Chelsea forward Tore Andre Flo has backed him to be a success next season.

"He is at a very good club and obviously scoring that goal must have boosted his confidence," Flo told talkSPORT. "He has shown he could be a really good player and hopefully he can step up a level and maybe take [Diego] Costa's spot.

"He seems to be a very popular player among his teammates. He works hard in training and has a great attitude."

Michy Batshuayi

Some words from Gary Cahill:

"The pressure's gone in the league so we can go out and enjoy ourselves. We enjoyed Friday of course, but we were in yesterday preparing for the game today. We are looking forward to getting out there."

Gary Cahill

Heurelho Gomes knows the Hornets fell a bit short but is determined to end this season on a high.

Some pre-match thoughts from Antonio Conte:

"A good weekend for me and the players and the club and fans. It's difficult to compare this title with others, it's hard to win in every country but I'm enjoying this win, it's a great season for everyone. After the start of the season I think nobody thought Chelsea could win the title.

"I don't know if there was one moment, in this path we found great confidence in ourselves, we trusted ourselves and improved. During this season we found the right confidence to trust in the title.

"I think it's right to give opportunities because we played on Friday, it's a chance for some players who have not played a lot but have always showed great commitment and work rate. They deserve to start, it's an important game as we have 28 wins

"It's important to enjoy the title but for sure I've started to think about the FA Cup final. It's another very important target for us."

Antonio Conte
Phil Noble/Reuters

Diego Costa does not start for Chelsea tonight, and Blues fans may not see much more of him at Stamford Bridge.

Costa has been heavily linked with a move to China, and Shanghai Shenhua boss Gus Poyet is interested in signing the Spaniard, but Chinese Super League rules may throw a spanner in the works.

"I would love to but it will be very difficult for us because of the quantity [of non-Chinese players] we have got," Poyet, who spent four years at Chelsea between 1997-2001, told Talksport when asked if he was currently trying to sign Costa. "There are three who are playing.

"There would have to be a massive change to the structure of the club to be able to bring Diego here. I don't know if it's going to happen, I would never say 'no, never', but I would say it would be very difficult for him to come here."

Diego Costa

A programme all Chelsea fans will want to get their hands on this evening.

John Terry starts a Premier League match for the first time this year for Chelsea, while Conte has also handed starts to Ake, Kenedy, Zouma, Begovic, Chalobah and Batshuayi.

Is a change of system afoot? We'll find out very shortly.

Antonio Conte

In case you were wondering about Chelsea's training gear.


Watford substitutes: Pantilimon (GK), Mason, Eleftheriou, Zúñiga, D Pereira, Okaka, Deeney.


Chelsea substitutes: Eduardo, Aina, Alonso, Cahill, Fabregas, Pedro, Diego Costa.


Watford: Gomes (GK) (c); Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Amrabat, Cleverley, Behrami, Doucouré, Janmaat; Capoue; Niang.

Three changes from Mazzarri. Relatively modest.


Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.

Conte rings the changes!

Some day for Gomes... the former Tottenham may not want to be quite so busy this evening.

Team news less than 10 minutes away.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Antonio Conte may ring the changes against Watford with the small matter of the FA Cup on the horizon, and is hoping to see his former teammate John Terry run out at Stamford Bridge.

"It will be a party atmosphere at the Bridge," Hasselbaink told Sky Sports. "I would love to see John Terry, I would love to see him playing, especially at the Bridge, especially in front of his own fans for the last two times.

"Obviously Conte will have to think about the FA Cup final as well. Certain players will have to take over, you can't give players two weeks off and expect them to turn up for one of the most important games of the season."

John Terry
Terry, 36, is preparing for the next chapter in his career. Reuters

Some stat, that. Antonio Conte has simply worked wonders at Stamford Bridge this season.

The Premier League is already in Chelsea's grasp, but will they top a phenomenal season with the FA Cup in a couple of weeks?


Chelsea may have already sewn the Premier League up, but Watford defender Adrian Mariappa is not expecting Conte's men to take his side lightly.

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," Mariappa told Watford's official website. "We need to put in another performance and try and get some points."

"I can't see Chelsea stepping off, to be honest. We'll prepare well and we know they're a very good side, so we won't be thinking about them stepping off their game," he said.

"We know we need to be on top form to come away with a result."

Chelsea are in the building.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against Watford and have only lost once in their last 16 meetings against the Hornets. Watford's last win over the champions came in September 1999.

Will the Hornets improve on that shoddy record tonight?

Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Chelsea vs Watford.

Antonio Conte's men are currently basking in Premier League glory after securing the title against West Bromwich Albion on Friday (12 May) and will be hoping to put on a show for their delighted supporters against Walter Mazzarri's men, who have been on the beach for some time.

Conte has no injury worries to mull over - the hangovers have been and gone, sore heads nursed back to working condition - while Watford will be able to welcome back midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Stay with IB Times UK for the breaking team news, latest updates and reaction to all the goings on at Stamford Bridge.

Stamford Bridge