Watford had big wins against Everton and Manchester United under the Italian while suffering a heavy loss to Liverpool, and now faces the league leaders – who have only conceded once on the road this championship season.
With Manchester City and Liverpool playing later, Thomas Tuchel’s men have a great chance to develop their lead before they sit down and watch their rivals in some tough away games.
Chelsea’s pre-game advantage is only one point away after drawing a home draw against Burnley and Manchester United in recent weeks, but the Blues remain undefeated away from home and have won seven of their last eight games. against Watford.
With the kick off at 7:30 p.m., join James Robson at Vicarage Road and Marc Mayo for all the latest updates …
The first team news
Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday confirmed doubts about Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner. N’Golo Kante missed the draw with Manchester United due to a knee injury and is expected to miss that game.
Mateo Kovacic (thigh) and Ben Chilwell (knee) are absent for Chelsea, and Tuchel could look to Romelu Lukaku for a first start as he injured his ankle more than a month ago.
Watford is struggling with a long list of absentees including Peter Etebo (thigh), Ken Sema (knee), Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Francisco Sierralta (thigh), Kwadwo Baah (ankle), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstrings) and Juraj Kucka (knee). Emmanuel Dennis and Adam Masina fight against blows.
Ranieri said: “It’s okay, I don’t like to cry. I want to react, I want my players to be positive, confident and to fight together.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will only be available live via the Amazon Prime Video streaming platform.
Direct: Amazon Prime Video subscribers can watch the game through the Prime Video website or app.
Have a good evening!
We have a very busy night of Premier League football – with the leaders first!