Following the return from Germany, attention quickly turns to a home domestic fixture. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of Sunday's Premier League game with key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
Chelsea have won 11 of our past 14 home matches in all competitions, with our only defeat in that time coming against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round in February.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have lost one Premier League home game so far this season (Leicester in December), and have kept eight clean sheets in our past 12 matches at Stamford Bridge conceding just five goals in total during this period.
The Blues have lost one of our past 21 home games in the Premier League (12 wins, eight draws).
Chelsea have not lost our last home league game of the season since the 2001/02 campaign (1-3 v Aston Villa), with the Blues winning 10 and drawing six since then.
We have kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this term, only Liverpool (20) and Man City (19) have recorded more.
Chelsea have conceded fewer goals in the final 15 minutes than any other Premier League team this season (four).
Eden Hazard has scored in 50 home games without ending on the losing side, winning 42 and drawing eight.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the only Chelsea player ever present in the Premier League this season. Since December 2015 he has missed just one of our 135 league games.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 16 (4 pens), Pedro 8, Loftus-Cheek 5, Morata 5, Higuain 4, Kante 4, Barkley 3, Willian 3, Alonso 2, David Luiz 2, Giroud 2, Jorginho 2 (1 pen), Azpilicueta 1, Rudiger 1, own-goals 2
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 8
Ross Barkley and Davide Zappacosta’s next appearance will be their 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.
Jorginho made his 50th on Thursday night in Frankfurt.
WATFORD IN NUMBERS
Watford have not lifted any major silverware but have won several lower division championships. Their best top-flight season was 1982/83 when they were runners-up to First Division champions Liverpool and ahead of third-place Manchester United. That was Chelsea’s worst season when we escaped relegation from the old Second Division by finishing 18th.
The Hornets have won 23 points on the road from their 18 games. They have won six at Burnley, Wolves, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Huddersfield, drawn five at Fulham, Southampton, Everton, Bournemouth and Brighton, and lost seven to Arsenal, Newcastle, Leicester, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Since their return to the Premier League in 2015, Watford have scored more Premier League goals against Chelsea than they have against any other side (13). They’ve also scored more goals at Stamford Bridge (seven) than any other visiting side over the past four seasons.
Watford are looking to win consecutive away league games for the first time since a run of three in September 2017.
The Hornets have gone 10 Premier League games without a clean sheet, the current longest run in the division.
Watford have picked up two wins in their last seven league matches, beating already relegated Fulham and Huddersfield.
They have lost each of their last 10 Premier League clashes against ‘big six’ opposition, since beating Tottenham in September. The Hornets have conceded 24 goals in those 10 matches, scoring six in return.
Fifty-four per cent of Watford’s 52 goals conceded have been scored in the last 15 minutes of each half (12 first half, 16 second half).
The Hornets have been shown 75 yellow cards this term, more than any other Premier League side.
Javi Garcia has been in charge for longer than each of Watford’s last six full-time managers. Gianfranco Zola was the last to stay longer when he was in charge for 526 days between July 2012 and December 2013.
Manager Javi Gracia
Days in charge: 469
Gracia's managerial record against Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Deeney 9 (1 pen), Deulofeu 9, Gray 7, Pereyra 6, Doucoure 5, Cathcart 3, Holebas 3, Hughes 2, Capoue 1, Cleverley 1, Femenia 1, Quina 1, Sema 1, Success 1, own goal 1.
WATFORD’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 27 April
Watford 1 Wolves 2
Team 4-2-2-2: Foster; Femenia, Mariappa (c), Cathcart (Success 82), Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes (Kabasele 74), Pereyra; Deulofeu, Gray.
Booked: Holebas, Success, Capoue
Scorer: Gray 49
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 5
An away defeat: 1
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating 10 bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 15 cautions before the before the end of the season to escape a three match ban.
Premier League bookings
Jorginho 7, Rudiger 7, Alonso 6, Azpilicueta 4, David Luiz 3, Kante 3, Kovacic 3, Morata 3, Arrizabalaga 2, Hazard 2, Pedro 2, Willian 2, Barkley 1, Christensen 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Paul Tierney is the official for his third Blues match this season. He was the referee for our home game against Huddersfield and our away game Newcastle. He was also the referee for our pre-season friendly at Stamford Bridge again Lyon.