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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Watford

Chelsea vs Watford Preview and Prediction

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Watford

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, December 26 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Watford 13/2

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day in the Premier League, a team they know have the ability to cause them problems in this troublesome time for the club.

The home side picked up a much needed three points last weekend against Sunderland but the same problems continued to show, as they conceded a number of good opportunities to the away side.

The atmosphere surrounding the club and in the stadium is poisonous at the moment, the best thing Chelsea fans can do is get behind the team here and they will be hoping for a win in Guus Hiddink’s first game in charge in his second spell at the club.

The fans are clearly unhappy with Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack José Mourinho and vented their frustration during last weekends win. Every game is a must win for Chelsea at the moment, but this is going to be a tough task.

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Watford will come to Stamford Bridge full of confidence. Their impressive 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend is nothing more than they deserve.

The strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo is proving to be too much to handle for most clubs and they will look to get a Chelsea defence with no confidence.

Watford have won their last four games on the bounce and will be very satisfied with their position of seventh in the Premier League.

This could be a historic result for the Hornets and we expect them to maintain their professional outlook to the game despite how well they have been performing of late.

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Team News

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao remain the only notable players who could miss out.

Watford will be without Nathan Ake, who is unavailable for selection against his parent club, Sebastian Prodl is a doubt, while Joel Ekstrand, Tommy Hoban and Rene Gilmartin all look set to miss out.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Watford’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Form – Watford have won their last four on the bounce including the destruction of Liverpool last weekend, they’ll be up for this one.

Key Player: Odion Ighalo – Watford’s goal machine has already netted 12 this season and will be looking to cause trouble to the shaky Chelsea defence.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Watford – Given Chelsea’s struggles a draw is a result they couldn’t have too many complaints about against heading into this tie against an inform Watford side full of confidence. The fans will expect a win and will certainly be on top of their under-performing stars once again.

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About Lewis Addley (601 Articles)

Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter.
Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB.
All views are my own.

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