Chelsea bounced again from their unhealthy defeat at West Ham with a snug 3-Zero win towards a relegation-threatened Watford facet at Stamford Bridge.
The competition was just about accomplished and dusted at half time with Olivier Giroud’s assured end and Willian’s composed penalty giving them a 2-Zero lead.
Watford barely improved after Danny Welbeck’s introduction however the last objective of the sport went to Chelsea as Ross Barkley rounded off the win with an emphatic end.
There shall be fears about N’Golo Kante’s health because the midfielder got here off late within the second half with a suspected hamstring damage.
The consequence sees Chelsea return into fourth, having briefly misplaced their spot within the Champions League positions on Saturday, whereas the Hornets are only a level above the underside three and 18th-placed Aston Villa have a recreation in hand on them. That recreation in hand is Liverpool away, nevertheless.
Manchester United thrashing Bournemouth meant Chelsea may ill-afford one other slip-up towards a struggling facet. However it was a comparatively stress-free night with the job being all-but accomplished at half time as they discovered themselves 2-Zero up.
The primary probability of the sport noticed Giroud get put via by Pulisic however Ben Foster saved the striker’s low effort along with his toes. Giroud wasn’t to be denied on 28 minutes although as he latched onto Barkley’s incisive via ball earlier than firing it in-off the publish.
Being 1-Zero down on the break wouldn’t have been disastrous for Watford however being two targets behind is a very completely different kettle of fish and that’s precisely what occurred when Willian tucked the ball away from the penalty spot.
Solely Capoue will know what he was pondering when he determined to go charging into Pulisic, who was about to ship a cross, however was crucially contained in the field and referee Kevin Good friend had no selection however to present the foul. Willian despatched Foster the incorrect strategy to rating his third penalty in successive Premier League matches.
Chelsea let a lead at West Ham slip and have been responsible of doing it in different matches this time period however they managed the second half properly.
Willian compelled Foster into palming his effort away whereas Kepa saved a low effort by substitute Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck then turned Andreas Christensen inside out however his low cross was simply unable to seek out Will Hughes.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek ought to have made it 3-Zero close to the tip however timed his header all incorrect, nevertheless, Barkley did add to their complete moments later.
The midfielder acquired a ball from the left earlier than smashing his first Premier League objective in 20 months residence.