Watford vs Chelsea
English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 26 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford).
Watford and Chelsea will head into their Boxing Day tie in completely opposite mood. The Hornets’ form has seen a massive rise in recent weeks. They won two and drew one of last there league matches scoring an impressive seven-goal tally along. Watford are thus looking to make it three wins in a row here following successes against Cardiff City (3-2) and West Ham (0-2).
Javi Gracia’s 4-4-2 formation with Troy Deeney accompanied by Gerard Deulofeu in the final third looks to be working fantastic for the Hornets. The Spanish forward bagged a goal in each of last two games for Watford, while Deeney was also on target on Saturday against West Ham at London Stadium. Such fine form helped Watford climb up to 7th in the league standings. They won five and lost four of nine home matches in the season so far.
Watford vs Chelsea: Head-to-head
Chelsea were on a thread of three consecutive wins in matches against Watford.
Nevertheless, the streak came to an end in early-February this year when the Hornets claimed a demolishing 4-1 victory over the Blues at Vicarage Road Stadium.
Each of last three H2H games saw goals scored at both ends and as many as five goals scored.
Watford vs Chelsea: Prediction
Fans were full of praise for Maurizio Sarri after an emphatic 2-0 victory over reigning champions Manchester City three weeks ago. However, the formation with Eden Hazard as “false 9” did little to impress in following fixtures. The Blues are finding it tougher and tougher to score as time goes on. They notched only one goal in past two matches (1-0 League Cup victory over Bournemouth and a 0-2 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League).
Watford do tend to leave plenty of room at the back, but they will come into this in much higher spirits and we don’t quite see them as full underdogs in the Boxing Day clash with out-of-form Chelsea. The home win or draw looks good at 2.10, while we will be brave enough and back red-hot Watford to snatch a three-pointer at the sky-high 5.25 odds.
Watford vs Chelsea: Bet Tips
Watford or Draw Double Chance @ 2.15 (23/20)
Watford to win @ 5.25 (17/4).