Watford vs Chelsea preview, betting tips and prediction: Blues could come unstuck at Vicarage Road
Score Draw @ 9/2 with Betfair
Olivier Giroud to score anytime @ 6/5 with Betfair
Chelsea to win with over 2.5 goals @ 7/5 with Betfair
Chelsea have been far from consistent in recent weeks, but nobody was expecting to witness what happened against Bournemouth on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. The pressure is growing on Antonio Conte, who led the Blues to the Premier League title last year. But the club’s hierarchy will be hoping that, after they secured the services of Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri late in the transfer window, Conte’s mood will have improved after originally criticising the transfer policy.
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They travel to a Watford side who will have to prove themselves again after the surprising sacking of Marco Silva and hiring of former Malaga boss Javi Gracia. It will be his Premier League bow at Vicarage Road, meaning the Hornets could be well placed to take advantage of Chelsea’s low confidence. They’ve dipped into the January market themselves and signed Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu. If he is on song, it could be another bumpy night for Chelsea.
As mentioned above, it has been a real mixed bag for Chelsea recently. Following a long run of draws, they appeared to hit their stride with a 4-0 win over Brighton before easing past Newcastle in the FA Cup. They looked certain to qualify for the Champions League, but the result against Bournemouth has cast doubt over that now.
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Watford are still struggling for form, but it is hard to judge them until Gracia has really got his feet under the table. A run of one win in 13 games saw the end of Silva, so he will need to hit the ground running.
Watford should give a home debut to Deulofeu while Giroud is likely to start with Alvaro Morata still out injured and we have backed him to score.