Chelsea are on the verge of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League after they defeated Watford 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to leave them in third place in the English Premier League.
The Blues are likely to need just one point from their final league match of the season next weekend to confirm their top four finish, although they could even qualify for the UEFA Champions League this evening if Arsenal fail to beat Brighton & Hove Albion at The Emirates Stadium.
It was the visitors who were the brighter of the two sides early on and Gerard Deulofeu and Will Hughes went close either side of a Troy Deeney header which forced Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into action for the first time.
Jorginho registered Chelsea’s only shot on target of the first half but he was unable to find a way past visiting keeper Ben Foster.
The match sprung into life early in the second half. Eden Hazard’s sharp strike was turned behind for a corner kick and The Blues took full advantage of the set play with Ruben Loftus-Cheek heading in the opener from close range.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0 to Maurizio Sarri’s men when David Luiz jumped highest to meet a corner kick delivery and the Brazilian directed the ball into the net with his head.
Pedro and Gonzalo Higuain then saw efforts saved by Foster before the latter netted Chelsea’s third goal when he drilled the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Jose Holebas then saw an effort strike the bar before Isaac Success tested Arrizabalaga as the visitors looked for a consolation goal. It wasn’t to be for The Hornets as the home side cruised to a 3-0 win which could prove to be decisive in their quest to finish in the English Premier League’s top four