Preview - Chelsea vs Watford 05 May 19

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May 05, 2019, 12:41 AM Last Edit: May 05, 2019, 01:31 AM by Harry85
Match Day 37
Chelsea vs. Watford
Sunday, May 5th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (16)

Last five matches form: W L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Gerard Deulofeu & Troy Deeney (9)

Chelsea currently hold the advantage in the race for the top four but only two points ahead of Arsenal and with a very similar goal difference, they don't have too much room for error. As such the Blues will be looking for nothing less than three points from their final home game of the season as Watford pay a visit to Stamford Bridge.

With Wolves beating Fulham this weekend, Watford can no longer grab seventh in the table, but they will still at least be looking to finish the season on a high ahead of the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. The Blues also came out on top in the game here last season. 4-2 the score on that occasion.

Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rüdiger are all out for the home side. Watford will be without Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prödl.

With Chelsea having been in Europa League semi-fial action in midweek, Watford may have a slight advantage in being the fresher side.

Chelsea will likely have been disappointed to have only drawn with Burnley in their most recent game here, but have been excellent overall at home this season, with just the one defeat in 18. With two goals or more in six of their last seven here, they are in pretty good form in front of goal.

Watford have won six of 18 on the road overall, but have struggled against top six sides, already having lost at Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

That record against the top sides suggests Watford are up against it here facing a Chelsea side who ought to have a motivation advantage.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 0 Watford


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  19 - 15
Shots on target: 9 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 59% - 41%

Just the one booking at Stamford Bridge with Abdoulaye Doucouré of Watford being the only player to have his name taken by referee Paul Tierney.

It did take Chelsea a little while to get their noses in front in this one, and Watford possibly just shaded the first half in terms of chances. They couldn't make any of them count though and were put to the sword in the second half. A deserved win for Chelsea on the overall balance of play having come out ahead in all the key stats.

Chelsea had Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for making it into the break on level terms, with one stunning save from Troy Deeney in particular catching the eye.

Three minutes into the second half, the home side were in front. Eden Hazard clipping a ball into the area from the right and Ruben Loftus-Cheek bulldozing his way in to power a header down and in from around six yards and towards the far post.

Three minutes later the Blues doubled their advantage. Simple stuff. A Hazard corner from the right finding David Luiz arriving six yards out to bullet a header straight down the middle.

The third arrived 15 minutes from time. Pedro slipping in Gonzalo HiguaÍn in the right of the box and the Argentine frontman clipping the ball over Ben Foster - who had gone to ground - from the right corner of the six-yard box. 3-0 final score.

It certainly hasn't been plain sailing for Maurizio Sarri in his first season at the helm, but overall it must go down as a relatively successful campaign. With the possibility of a trophy still alive in the Europa League, the Blues move up to third with this win and have secured Champion's League qualification with a game to spare. Disappointing for Watford who stay tenth, but of course have the FA Cup final to look forward to.

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