The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for their side to bounce back against Watford this evening. It hasn’t been a very good few weeks for the Blues, and a disappointing 3-0 loss to Bournemouth was the last thing that Antonio Conte needed. 

The significance of this evening’s clash with Watford, then, cannot be understated. Anything but a win will leave Chelsea in a very difficult position, not least with regards to the future of their manager.

That being said, they should really have enough to take down the Hornets. Watford had their own troubles this season, and whilst their decision to bring in a new manager recently is likely to have a positive effect long-term, the Blues should be well placed to secure a victory.

Whether Chelsea perform as well as fans are hoping, though, could well depend on Antonio Conte’s team selection. More specifically, with Alvaro Morata unavailable, it may well depend on who the Italian chooses to replace him.

The obvious answer would be Olivier Giroud, but Conte stated last week that he didn’t think that the Frenchman was ready. Nonetheless, it’s a decision that – according to our landlord – he simply has to make.

Here are TWO reasons why…