Chelsea vs. Watford: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Eden Hazard  of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea will be looking to all but secure UEFA Champions League football for next season when they welcome Watford for their last Premier League home game of the season on Sunday.

The Blues have two league matches to play and could seal qualification with a victory if Arsenal and Manchester United lose their games.

However, they have not won in their past three in the league, and Maurizio Sarri's side is riddled with inconsistency.

Watford might have one eye on May 18's FA Cup final against Manchester City, which could play into their hosts' hands.

                                                                            

Date: Sunday, May 5

Time: 2 p.m. (BST), 9 a.m. (ET)

Odds: Chelsea: 2-5, Watford: 7-1, draw: 4-1

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Preview

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Sarri has found his first year in England to be challenging. The Blues started the league campaign on fire, going unbeaten for 18 games until a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in November. But that loss triggered a malaise at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has been unable to resurrect his early-season impact, and Chelsea have often looked uninspired and, at times, disinterested.

An impressive run in the UEFA Europa League has kept the season exciting for supporters, and the slump in results at Arsenal and Manchester United has aided the Blues' chances of a top-four finish.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Troy Deeney of Watford in action with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers  during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, Eng
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Watford have enjoyed an impressive campaign, and the success in the cup has refocused their priority heading to its conclusion.

The Hornets' league form has been affected since their FA Cup semi-final win over Wolverhampton Wanderers; Javi Gracia's team have registered only one win in their past four.

Watford are safe in mid-table, potentially handing the impetus to Chelsea, who are in greater need of the points.

Gracia could take the option to rest his best players as the trip to Wembley Stadium grows ever closer.

Chelsea could only draw 1-1 away at Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday. That result could tempt Sarri to save his superstar talent for the return leg.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 02: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Sebastian Rode of Eintracht Frankfurt during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea at Commerzbank-Arena on May 02, 2019 in Fra
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Eden Hazard surprisingly started on the bench in Germany, but the Belgian made a second-half cameo.

Hazard's form will be vital in the closing games of the season. The player has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, with Santiago Siguero of Marca reporting Hazard will become "the first piece" of a new-look Blancos, but he remains Chelsea's most lethal player.

The 28-year-old has an impressive 16 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League this season, and if Chelsea are to close out Sarri's first year with a top-four finish and a trophy, Hazard is certain to play a major part.