Are you ready for some (more) football? A Monday night party? A Monday night party that could actually turn into a real party now that Chelsea have wrapped up the title and have nothing but pride and the spirit of competition (and probably a few glares from Antonio Conte) to play for?
Chelsea have of course been partying since that win over West Brom on Friday, at least in spirit if not in body since the boys were back in training yesterday continuing to put in the work that got us this far, and will hopefully get us the rest of the way (and into next season). Wins in the last two Premier League games would set a new Premier League record for wins in a season (30) while a win against Arsenal in the FA Cup final on the last weekend of the season would make Conte’s debut season even more fantastic with the Double.
So, work work work, fight fight fight, win win win. The party don’t stop, just like the work. Work work!
Date / Time: Monday, May 15, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT; 12:30am IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6, home of the Champions of England
Referee: Lee Mason — Mason refereed his first Chelsea match of the season just a few weeks ago (when we beat Southampton 4-2), but he’s back already!
Forecast: Mild and mildly damp.
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBCSN, NBC Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Universo Now (USA); Hotstar (India)
Chelsea team news: The Champions are expected to rotate and perhaps heavily so, giving match time to the backups and the younger members of the squad, as well as final Stamford Bridge starts to John Terry and Asmir Begović. There are no reported injuries, though youngster Charly Musonda may still be out and N’Golo Kanté’s thigh injury has proven more troublesome than first imagined. He has missed the last two games, but was on the bench on Friday.
Chelsea have won five in a row and have kept three clean sheets in a row as well. Keeping those streaks going into the FA Cup final in two weeks from now would be more than welcome.
Watford team news: Watford are somewhere between the relegation zone and the top six — turns out they’re near the bottom, six points above the last relegation spot, which has now been confirmed as belonging to Hull City. Much like West Brom on Friday, Watford really have nothing to play for and their recent results reflect that attitude: four straight losses without a single goal scored.
Previously: The first time we played Watford was way back at the beginning of the season. Michy Batshuayi helped save the day on that day, just as he did on Friday. (He should be starting today.)