Monday night at 20:00 hours, Watford and Chelsea conclude the 26th Premier League match with a game of rain! Watford is an unpredictable band that will hardly appear in front of the London rival. Chelsea is in fourth place (goal 45-19), while Watford is 11th (33-44), not far from relegation.
Watford has a long list of unavailability before the match with Chelsea. The hosts will not be able to play Britos, Catchart, Chalobah, Hoban, Hughes, Wague, Kiko, Gomes and Kaboul, almost a whole team! Chelsea also lacks two very important players. Besides Christiansen and Luiz, who can be redeemed, Conte has no batch on Morata and Willian, two essential pieces in the white-blue offensive. That will complicate Chelsea’s offensive mission, but Watford has a pretty easy to defeat defensive.
Chelsea, however, has used the fans with inconsistent evolutions, which put the en-titre champion in fourth place in the standings. Last season, the Londoners were shuffled home with Bournemouth, where they lost by 0-3! This result came after a 3-0 convincing with Newcastle, and the recent track was also shadowed by the failure of the English Cup in front of Arsenal. On one hand, Chelsea knows that the success of this season depends on the UCL qualification and the move from Watford is the kind of match to be won.
Antonio Conte has just announced he is preparing to extend his commitment to London, which brings stability to the team. If the guests will start dominating the hostilities, we have a good chance to see a spectacular victory brought by Hazard, Alonso and Bakayoko, football players with real qualities. The last 3 direct duels were won by Chelsea after dramatic games, ended with 2-1, 4-3 and 4-2 and we expect to see a similar scenario this time. Watford has not scored 3 goals (0-0 to Stoke, 0-1 to Southampton and 0-2 to Leicester), but Chelsea gets a goal almost every move and that should give courage to the hosts. At the guests will start the French Giroud in attack.
THE PROBABLE TEAMS:
Watford: Karnezis – Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas – Pereyra, Capoue, Doucoure – Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison
Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger – Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, M. Alonso – Hazard – Giroud
Insider TIP: Chelsea to win – 1.65