Preview - Watford vs Chelsea 03 November 19

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Match Day 11
Watford vs. Chelsea
Sunday, November 3rd 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Watford:
Last five matches form: L L D D D
Average goals per match: 0.50
Average goals against per match: 2.10
Top Scorer: Tom Cleverley, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra & Andre Gray (1)

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.30
Average goals against per match: 1.60
Top Scorer: Tammy Abraham ( 8 )


Chelsea did take a little while to find their stride under Frank Lampard, but the really seem to be rolling now. Having rattled up four successive wins in the Premier League to take their place in the top four, they bid to keep the good times rolling on Match Day 11 as they head to rock bottom - and winless - Watford.

Chelsea did the double over Watford in the League last season, picking up the points courtesy of a 2-1 success in this one, and triumphing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

It isn't only in the current season that Watford have struggled. Going back to last year, the Hornet's have now failed to win any of their past 14 Premier League fixtures. They have at least stopped the rot to an extent though in drawing each of their last three - two of which came here at home in stalemates with Sheffield United and Bournemouth.

Chelsea have won each of their last four on their travels, with their pace in attack seeming to be a particularly potent weapon away from home. With the Blues having hit four or more in each of their last three, Watford will likely have to be fully focussed at the back if they are to have any chance of getting something out of this one.

Watford have failed to score in three of five at home so far this season. They may well get on the scoresheet here against a Chelsea side who will give you a chance, but they simply look outgunned.


Prediction: Watford 1 - 3 Chelsea

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 12 - 16
Shots on target: 3 - 10
Corner Kicks: 1 - 6
Possession: 33% - 67%


Christian Kabasele, Daryl Janmaat, Craig Dawson and Adrian Mariappa were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Anthony Taylor also taking the names of Jorginho and Mason Mount of Chelsea.


Another pretty impressive performance on the road from Chelsea. Well on top in all of the key stats, this was really far more comfortable than the ultimately narrow margin of victory would suggest.


It took the Blues only five minutes to open the scoring. A sublime ball from Jorginho deep on the right bisecting the Watford defence to play in Tammy Abraham. Smart finish from Abraham to loft the ball into the left-hand side.


But for a couple of sensational one-handed stops from Ben Foster this could have been a lot worse for the home side. As it was Watford made it into the break just one goal adrift.


The second arrived ten minutes into the second half. Abraham played in in the right of the area and whipping in a dangerous low ball. Christian Pulisic the man arriving to finish down the middle from only a few yards.


Watford hadn't really been in the game, but did manage to grab themselves a lifeline with ten minutes to play. Gerard Deulofeu clipped in the right of the area and the penalty kick awarded upon consultation with VAR. Deulofeu himself stepping up to finish into the bottom left.


1-2 final score.


Chelsea go third on the back of this win ahead of Leicester City's clash with Crystal Palace. That's eleven games without a win for Watford now. The sacking of Javi Gracia certainly not seeming to have the desired effect. They remain rock bottom and five points adrift of safety.



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