Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC vs. Chelsea FC

Venue: Vicarage Road – Wednesday, February 3 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 3/1 – Draw 9/4 – Chelsea 1/1

Match Preview

Watford host Chelsea in an intriguing Premier League clash on Wednesday night, with the London rivals separated by just five points going into the midweek matches.

The Hornets ended a four-game losing run by beating Newcastle 2-1 last time out, and followed that win up with a 1-0 FA Cup win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Watford have only scored four in their last five league games and will need Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney to pick back up again if they are to try and achieve a top half finish.

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Chelsea will arrive at Vicarage Road in high spirits as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games. Guus Hiddink has not lost a game since taking over and has the Blues looking better.

They beat MK Dons 5-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and look to be on the rise again after an appalling first half of the season.

A top four finish looks to be out of the question but Chelsea know they need to win as many matches as possible to try and end the campaign on a high.

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John Terry will be leaving at the end of the season and the Blues captain is certain to rally the side each week as he will look to savour every last moment in a Chelsea shirt.

The reverse fixture ended 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this one looks likely to contain more goals as both sides will look to attack from the off.

Team News

Watford have no new injury worries coming into this one. Lloyd Doyley is the only player out injured and so Quique Sanchez Flores will be able to pick what he thinks is the strongest possible side to go out and beat Chelsea for this one.

Chelsea will be sweating over the fitness of Willian, as the winger is a doubt with a foot injury. Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are both likely to remain out so Diego Costa will need to lead the attack effectively once again. John Obi Mikel is likely to remain in the side after impressing since Hiddink took control.

Key Points

Watford’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Chelsea’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have not lost since Guus Hiddink took control of the first-team in December, going unbeaten through nine straight games.

Key Player: Oscar – The Brazilian playmaker scored a first-half hat-trick for Chelsea in their 5-1 win at MK Dons on Sunday and will hope to make another impressive impact here.

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Score Prediction

Watford 1-2 Chelsea – This looks set to be another entertaining clash between two clubs who are looking to climb the table. Chelsea look strong again and will be tough to beat. Guus Hiddink has turned the club’s fortunes around and will likely oversee another victory in this one.


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