By Maryam Naz
24th December 2018
With last week’s defeat at the hands of the Foxes still fresh in their collective memory, Chelsea will want to bounce back with a Boxing Day win against Watford. But Vicarage Road has not been a happy hunting ground for the Blues, who will face stern opposition in the Hornets.
Watford vs Chelsea: odds and predictions
Javi Garcia’s men are betting as 4/1 outsiders in our Watford vs Chelsea predictions, with the away team wagering as 7/10 favourites, and a potential draw priced up at odds of a 14/5 pick.
Mauricio Sarri’s men were left wanting against Leicester City last week in a humourless 1-0 defeat where a Jamie Vardy-led attack undid them on more than one occasion. This week they face similar attacking flair in Watford’s offence, spearheaded by the skilful Gerard Deulofeu.
The Spaniard has scored in his last two league games, and while he has never scored in three consecutive top-flight matches before, our betting tipsters are pricing him up at odds of 9/1 to do so again.
Paired up with his sparring partner and captain Troy Deeney, there is a strong forecast that either one could make the back of the net bulge this Wednesday.
Yet facing a Chelsea side in need of a win after both North London sides were victorious yesterday means that it won’t be a stroll in the park for the Hornets.
Watford vs Chelsea head-to-head (most recent first) Watford 4-1 Chelsea, Watford 2-4 Chelsea, Watford 3-4 Chelsea, Watford 1-2 Chelsea, Watford 0-0 Chelsea
Watford vs Chelsea match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Watford to draw 2-2, betting @ 12/1
While Watford will be looking to secure three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since their opening four matches of the season, the first match bet in our Watford vs Chelsea predictions forecasts that they might have to settle for a draw instead.
Despite the odds favouring a home win for Javi Garcia’s men, they will face a Chelsea side in need of a win to cover up last week’s blushes and maintain their charge for a top-four place.
The likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Jorginho will be hard to pin down, but a point against potential title-challengers won’t be unwelcome.
Given that the last four games between Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League has resulted in 21 goals – an average of 5.3 per game – betting on our over 2.5 goals scored pick will reap value for money.
The second instalment of our Watford vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips wagers that a goal-fest will play out between two sides who have dazzled in their attack, but have failed to sparkle in their defence.
Goals galore will be the name of the game with the likes of Deeney, Deulafeu, Hazard and Willian gracing the pitch, but considering that both teams like to play on the counter, this will leave spaces in behind to exploit.
Predicted scorer: Eden Hazard our pick to score first, trading @ 7/2
The last of our Watford vs Chelsea predictions expect Eden Hazard to clinch a century of goals for Chelsea, becoming only the 10th player in the history of the club to do so.
The Belgian forward missed out on the scoring last week against the Foxes, but make no mistake, given the right opportunity he’ll find the back of the net.
Up against a Watford defence that has shown defensive weaknesses against the likes of Watford and Cardiff City, Hazard may find it easier than expected to come up with the goods in front of goal.
Watford vs Chelsea stats: Opta
- Watford won their most recent meeting with Chelsea (4-1 in February), ending a run of 13 games without a win against them in all competitions (D3 L10).
- The previous five Premier League games between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road have seen both sides win two games apiece (one draw).
- Watford are looking to record back-to-back competitive wins against Chelsea for the first time since April 1987.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games played on Boxing Day (W8 D5), since a 2-4 loss at Charlton in 2003-04.
- Chelsea have lost three of their last six Premier League matches, including two of their last three away from home. They’d only lost two of their previous 21 overall in the competition (W13 D6 L2).
- Chelsea have already lost two Premier League games in December – they last lost three games in the same calendar month in October 2015 under Jose Mourinho.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.