Chelsea will be welcomed as heroes’ on Monday night as the Blues host Watford in their first game back at Stamford Bridge since becoming Premier League champions.
Michy Batshuayi scored a late winner at West Brom on Friday night to clinch the title for Antonio Conte’s side, who have led the table since November.
The Bridge will be rocking as Conte’s men return to west London victorious, but the Blues’ season is far from over with Walter Mazzarri’s Watford aiming to spoil the title party.
Chelsea also have the small matter of an FA Cup Final against Arsenal to look forward to later this month, and Conte has a squad full of players desperate to earn a starting role at Wembley.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has a full squad at his disposal for the club’s first game as league champions.
N’Golo Kante could return to the side having sat out the last two matches, while John Terry and Michy Batshuayi may also start.
Watford are set to be without defender Christian Kabasele, who injured his hamstring against Everton.
Tom Cleverley returns to the squad having been ineligible for Friday’s defeat against the Toffees.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte:
“They know we have to work during the training session to prepare in the right way these two games against Watford and then Sunderland.
“When you work hard it’s important to celebrate and then to prepare in the right way the final of the FA Cup, because we have the opportunity to fight to win the double and we must be ready to do this.”
Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri:
“We have to play as we did (against Everton) at Chelsea.
“Of course, these players are giving me a lot of satisfaction – they are giving everything and trying their best.
“Everton had reached their objective, and look how they played; the nice thing in England is teams never give up until it is finished.”
FOLLOWER SCORE PREDICTION
*Stats by BBC Sport
- Chelsea are unbeaten in six Premier League meetings against Watford since losing the first encounter in September 1999 (W4, D2).
- That 1-0 home win in 1999 is Watford’s only triumph over the Blues in their past 16 meetings in all competitions (D5, L10).
- The Hornets are winless in six league visits to Stamford Bridge since winning 5-1 in the top flight in May 1986 (D4, L2).
- The champions are vying for a 14th Premier League home win in 15 attempts.
- If Chelsea win their final two fixtures they will become the first club to record 30 English top-flight victories in a 38-game season.
- They are the division’s highest scorers with 76 goals. They have only once scored more in a Premier League season: 103 goals in 2009-10.
- Antonio Conte is only the fourth manager to lift the Premier League trophy in his first season in England, emulating Jose Mourinho in 2004-05, Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10 and Manuel Pellegrini in 2013-14.
- The Hornets could equal the club’s top-flight record of five consecutive defeats and five games in a row without a goal.
- They have lost six consecutive away league games without scoring for the first time since May 1952.
- Watford have only managed one goal in their past nine hours and 56 minutes of action.
- They have never come from behind at half-time to win a Premier League game, drawing seven and losing 48.
- Walter Mazzarri’s side need five points to equal last season’s tally of 45.