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LIVE BLOG

90+3min: FULL TIME

90+1min: Hazard rattles the side-netting

90min: Cahill clears the ball with a header in his first involvement!

89min: GARY CAHILL IS ON THE PITCH, replacing David Luiz. Nice gesture. Azpilicueta gives him the captain’s armband. An even nicer gesture.

87min: Giroud misses an even greater chance as he’s found by a deflected Hazard cross this time, but gets his finish all so wrong again.

85min: Giroud misses a great chance as he’s found by a David Luiz cross, but gets his volley well wrong.

83min: Watford hilariously miss an open goal as Pereyra’s free kick hits the post and from the rebound, a Watford players heads the ball onto a second Watford player ahead of him. The ball bounces into the goal, but it’s a clear offside.

78min: Higuaín makes way for Giroud, after Watford hit the bar as the referee lets a clear foul go.

75min: GOAL!!!! HIGUAÍN!!! Chelsea pass it around, eventually finding Higuaín on his typical run. For once he gets there and chips over the goalkeeper with a great finish. 3-0, CHELSEA!!

70min: Will Hughes with a couple fouls in quick succession; no yellow.

66min: Chalobah gets a hand from the Chelsea crowd as he makes way for Cleverley. Watford have their latest corner, which Chelsea eventually play out.

64min: Watford have a corner but Jorginho and Kovačić clear and Hazard leads the counter, finding Higuaín ... but Chalobah’s there with a last ditch sliding tackle to prevent the shot.

59min: Somehow Chelsea fail to score a third as Hazard twists and turns, finds Pedro, whose shot is somehow saved. RLC’s there to poke at the rebound, but it trundles just wide of the empty net.

56min: Deulofeu pops up for the first time in a long time, working 1-v-1 against Azpilicueta, who forces him on his left, with which he drags the shot wide of the far post.

51min: GOAL!!!! DAVID LUIZ!!! Another corner, this one’s a bit simpler. Hazard takes it long, David Luiz beats Mariappa to the header and he thumps it into the back of the net. 2-0, CHELSEA!!!

49min: GOAL!!!!! LOFTUS-CHEEK!!! Hazard takes the corner short, gets it back, and chips towards the far post, where RLC beats Chalobah and nods it into the back of the net. 1-0, CHELSEA!!

48min: Hazard dances around a takes a surprise shot from a wide angle that Foster just barely claws away for a corner.

HALF-TIME: No changes for either side at the half; Chelsea get us back underway.


45+1min: Half-time to scattered boos.

41min: Pedro’s at it again as RLC finds him, he plays a 1-2 with Higuaín, and slams one towards the far post, just missing.

40min: Chelsea work another cross, this time from the right, but Higuaín can’t escape Mariappa’s attentions and puts it wide. Pedro working hard on the right to create that.

38min: Hazard fashions a cross from the left byline, beating Chalobah, but no one from Chelsea crashing the net so it goes out for a throw on the far side.

35min: Great effort from Hazard to win the ball back in the high press, finds Pedro, who tries the cheeky chip with Foster slightly off his line, but he can’t quite dial it in and it’s over the goal.

32min: Alonso gives the ball away as Watford press, but Kovačić wins it back with a great slide tackle. Chelsea come forward, but can’t quite work anything good.

30min: Pereyra takes out Hazard just outside the corner of the penalty area. In comes the free kick, but it’s just out of reach of Higuaín on the far post. He collects eventually and swing it back in from the other side, aiming for the far post where Femenia tackles David Luiz to the ground; referee not interested.

27min: Azpilicueta finds a cross from the right, but Higuaín’s first touch takes him wide and the opportunity’s gone. Chelsea win the ball back and re-establish possession.

25min: Jorginho gives the ball away and Watford turn upfield; Alonso’s last minute challenge prevents a clean shot from Doucoure.

23min: Jorginho wins the ball in the middle and finds Hazard with a ball over the top ... but it’s just a bit too long and he can’t get it under control with the first touch and Foster’s there to grab it just in the nick of time.

20min: Holebas drills one over the top from 16 yards, left side. Watford playing with plenty of intent and aggression, and the referee’s largely letting them.

15min: Higuaín makes his usual run, but his shot is blocked and then wrongly called a goal kick.

14min: Azpilicueta clears at the far post as Watford continue to press and Deulofeu’s showing off some skills. Chelsea come forward and Jorginho tests Foster, which he almost fails. Then Watford counter and Jorginho’s there to mop up on Deulofeu. Action at both ends!

10min: Kanté has a problem and has to come off. Looks like a hamstring. Loftus-Cheek on.

7min: Watford win another corner. They go short, and swing it in from deep, finding Deeney’s head, who aims for the top corner ... BUT KEPA’S THERE to make the huge save.

6min: Deulofeu turns and takes aim from 20 yards, but it’s well wide.

4min: Azpilicueta fashions a cross, which Foster catches with ease. At the other end, David Luiz fouls Deulofeu on the right touchline, the free kick from which Chelsea only clear for a corner. Holebas takes that as well, but it’s Chelsea who almost break — Pedro’s excellent ball just misses Kanté.

KICK-OFF: Watford get us underway, and they establish a bit of early possession.


Chelsea’s last home game of the Premier League season is here, and it’s against the FA Cup finalists, with a chance to go third thanks to Spurs losing yesterday. Must win!

All eyes will be on Eden Hazard (and Gary Cahill), two legends who are most likely playing their final home league games at the Bridge.

And of course it’s the debut of the new home shirt.

Here we go!


Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Alonso, David Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c) | Kovačić, Jorginho, Kanté | Hazard, Higuaín, Pedro

Substitutes from: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Willian, Giroud

Watford starting lineup (4-4-2):
Foster | Holebas, Mariappa, Catchcart, Femenía | Pereyra, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes | Deeney (c), Deulofeu

Substitutes from: Gomes, Kabasele, Janmaat, Masina, Cleverley, Success, Gray


Date / Time: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 14:00 BST; 9am EDT; 9:30pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Paul Tierney

On TV: none (UK); CNBC (USA), Star Sports Select HD2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); Fubo (affiliate link — USA only)


Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!