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

Chelsea duo miss out on 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 score 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, Chelsea 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 both Chelsea fans and FPL users globally, James has not even made it onto the bench for the clash with the Hornets, while Jorginho is also deemed not 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.

Will the Blues pick up all three points?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6