Preview - Watford vs Chelsea Feb 6 2018

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Match Day 26
Watford vs. Chelsea
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: D L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Abdoulaye Doucoré (7)

Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Alvaro Morata (10)

Two sides with very differing objectives do battle at Vicarage Road in the final fixture of Match Day 26. Watford will be hoping their new manager can quickly make his mark on the side to hopefully avoid being sucked into the relegation quagmire. For Chelsea it's that all important position in the top four which must be maintained, with big rivals Tottenham now hot on their heels.

Watford may be up in 11th position, but they will be beginning to peer nervously over their shoulders as they are in the midst of a truly woeful run of form. 11 losses in 17 games is poor by any standards, with the resultant slide being enough to doom Marco Silva. An away draw at misfiring Stoke in new boss Javier Garcia's first game in charge may not have set the world alight, but at least served to arrest the decline to a degree.

Quite how Chelsea managed to lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth in their most recent Premier League outing is something of a mystery, with the Blues boasting 65% of possession, and bossing the shot count 21-11. That result did perhaps illustrate a lack of cutting edge which has become evident of late, with Chelsea failing to find the net in four of their past eight games in all competitions. It will be hoped their activity in the January transfer window can assist in that regard.

Despite that recent aberration vs Bournemouth, Chelsea simply look superior to Watford in every department. Bolstered by the arrival of Olivier Giroud and with Eden Hazard in sparkling form, its tough to see the Hornets keeping them at bay. Only Manchester City have picked up more points than Chelsea away from home this season, and we see the Blues improving that record still further here.

Prediction: Watford 1-3 Chelsea


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time:  4 - 1
Shots: 21 - 7
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 -2
Possession: 45% -55%

Richarlison and Sebastian Proedl were booked for the home side. David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas saw yellow for Chelsea, with Tiemoue Bakayoko crucially seeing red for a second bookable offence.

Surprisingly given that they were down to ten men from the 30th minute, Chelsea managed to maintain the bulk of possession. That is however the only stat in which they came out on top, with Watford putting the ball to more productive use, dominating both the total shots and shots on target figures.

Playing without a recognised centre forward, Chelsea looked sluggish from the off here, but it was ultimately a lack of discipline which saw the Blues head into the break with a mountain to climb. Booked twice in the space of five minutes, Tiemoue Bakayok headed for an early bath on the half hour, and twelve minutes later Thibaut Courtois compounded the damage by bringing down the on loan Gerard Deulofeu in the area. Troy Deeney made no mistake from the resultant spot kick.

Despite their recent woes, Chelsea do always have the brilliance of Eden Hazard to call upon, and the Belgian duly stepped up in the 82nd minute to curl a beauty into the top corner. Any thoughts that that effort may have rescued a point didn't last long though.

First Daryl Janmaat finished off a neat move in the 84th minute, before 88th and 90th minute efforts from Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra rubbed salt into the wound.

Chelsea remain fourth, but on the back of last weeks home hammering at the hands of Bournemouth, Antonio Conte now finds himself under serious pressure.

Watford meanwhile now appear to be firmly out of their recent slump and move six points clear of the relegation zone.

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