Three Chelsea players to look out for ahead of Watford clash – Rotation expected as Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Christensen set to return

Chelsea will look to bounce back after a frustrating draw against Manchester United, as they prepare to face Watford at Vicarage road.

With many injuries and key players unavailable, Thomas Tuchel will certainly have to rotate the pack which will see a number of players keen to impress in aim of keeping their spots within the team.

We take a look at three players who are expected to start and prove a point up against a Watford team who currently sit 16th in the league.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea is challenged by Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on July 04, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea is challenged by Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on July 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Lukaku set to start after missing six games with injury

Speaking yesterday in his press conference, Thomas Tuchel confirmed Romelu Lukaku is ”ready to progress with minutes.” It is expected he will start the game as opposed to coming on as a substitute.

With an abundance of chances wasted against Manchester United, Lukaku will certainly be keen to remind everyone of his qualit, in particular Thomas Tuchel, to show just what this Chelsea side were missing against Manchester United and Burnley. Chelsea fans will expect him to show his clinical touch and get on the scoresheet. The Belgian currently has three league goals in eight appearances.

Will Saul get the opportunity to impress?

With Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho all unavailable, there is a very good chance we will see a midfield pivot of Saul alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek. With the flexibility and work rate of Mason Mount, there is a chance of the Englishman starting in the midfield two in place of Saul. However, Saul will certainly be the more likely option with Mount playing in attack alongside Lukaku.

Having been subbed off against Aston Villa after a disastrous cameo in the league earlier this season, the Spaniard will certainly be expected to put in a solid performance as he looks to bounce back and put in a case to consistently start more games.

Since he arrived from Atletico Madrid on loan, he has only made six appearances in all competitions.

Comeback for Christensen?

Andreas Christensen was in fine form up until the Leicester game where he was dropped to the bench and has remained there since.

With Tuchel set to rotate this evening, it will come as a surprise if we see Thiago Silva starting again as it would mean he’d be playing his fourth games in eleven days which would certainly take its toll on the 37-year-old physically.

Christensen has been immaculate throughout 2021 – albeit since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, where he’s benefitted from playing in a back three. The ball-playing centre-back will be expected to start tomorrow in place of Thiago Silva who should be well rested ahead of the trip to West Ham this weekend.

Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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