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Watford vs Chelsea Match Preview
Chelsea will look to improve their position in the top-four by bouncing back from a midweek loss when they travel to a steadily declining Watford. Though their positions in the Premier League (PL) table does not reflect the same, it is a massive game for both the sides. This Watford vs Chelsea fixture will be played at the Vicarage Road Stadium on Monday, February 5, so check out our Watford vs Chelsea prediction and betting tips.
Watford’s worries accentuated in the midweek when they dropped points away at Stoke City (0-0). That left them with just one win in their last 12 PL matches (W1, D3, L8). On paper, they are 11th in the PL table after 25 games (27 pts, W7, D6, L12), but in reality they are just three points above the relegation zone. A lot will depend on their home form where they have won only once in their last six PL games (W1, D2, L3). In fact, no team has fewer than their 13 points at home in 12 games and have conceded a league-high 25 goals at the Vicarage Road. Improving defensively at home is key to their hopes ahead of this Watford vs Chelsea fixture.
Chelsea’s form is fluctuating as well, as the Blues won only once in their last three games in all competitions (W1, L2). That win was in the FA Cup while the loss to Arsenal duped them out of the League Cup. The worst result, though, was the 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth. That loss dropped them to fourth in the PL table ahead of this encounter, after 25 games (50 pts, W15, D5, L5). With Tottenham Hotspur breathing down their neck at just two points behind, there is a lot on offer for the visitors in this Watford vs Chelsea encounter. If Tottenham beat Liverpool on Sunday, Chelsea could start this match outside the top four, but will have a chance to get above Liverpool. A Tottenham loss will suit them, but Antonio Conte’s men will not want to leave anything to chance.
Watford vs Chelsea H2H
Chelsea have not lost in their last seven encounters with Watford, winning five and drawing two of them.
Watford vs Chelsea Team News
Watford will be without Tommie Hoban, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Huerelho Gomes, and Kiko Femina along with a host of others.
Chelsea will not have David Luiz and Andreas Christensen available for this match, while Alvaro Morata and Willian are doubtful for this trip.
Watford vs Chelsea Probable Line-ups
Watford XI: Karnezis (GK), Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas, Pereyra, Capoue, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison.
Chelsea XI: Courtois (GK), Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud.
Watford vs Chelsea Prediction
This has all the makings of another nightmare for Chelsea as they struggle for consistency in the league. New signing Olivier Giroud could come straight into the game, but their defensive problems could prop up again and will give a welcome window for the hosts to exploit. We are backing goals in both nets and don’t be surprised if the hosts end up picking up at least a point.