Watford

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Vicarage Road

05/02/2018 | 8:00 pm

Chelsea

V

Vicarage Road

05/02/2018 | 8:00 pm

In a sentence: Chelsea will look to bounce back from their shock 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth when they visit Watford in the Premier League on Monday night.

Last time: The Blues recorded a 4-2 victory over Watford when the pair met at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. The two teams were locked at 2-2 entering the final moments, before the Premier League champions netted two late goals.

This time: Watford are 11/2 to triumph with Chelsea at 6/10 and the draw available at 67/20.

You might remember: Watford’s first and only Premier League win over Chelsea came in September 1999. Allan Smart scored the only goal of the match against a Chelsea side that included the likes of Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps.

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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is looking to make his return from injury at the weekend

Watford and Chelsea have served up some brilliant matches in recent memory, and the neutral will be hoping for another on Monday night. There have been 13 goals in the last two Premier League meetings between the two London rivals, although it has been a fixture dominated by the team in blue. Indeed, Chelsea have won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the two sides in all competitions, and have only ever lost one Premier League game against Watford, with that occurring back in 1999.

Watford are 11/2 to triumph as new head coach Javi Gracia prepares to take control of his first Premier League match at Vicarage Road. The Hornets picked up a point away to Stoke in the league on Wednesday night, but they are without a win in the top flight since Boxing Day. A run of five fixtures without a victory has seen the club slip into 11th place, and they are now only four points above the relegation zone.

Chelsea are 6/10 as Antonio Conte’s side look to bounce back from their shock 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday night. The loss was the club’s fifth in the league this season, and they remain in fourth position in the table. Worryingly, Chelsea have only won one of their last five games away from home in all competitions, and confidence will be low following the Bournemouth match.

The draw is 67/20, and it is worth noting that Chelsea have drawn three of their last five matches on the road. Watford, meanwhile, shared the points with Southampton in their last Premier League match at Vicarage Road. Both managers will be desperate to avoid a defeat on Monday night, and that could well bring a tight and cagey affair.

Deulofeu is 15/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the on-loan Barcelona attacker can be backed at 50/1 to net two or more times against the Premier League champions. The Spaniard showed glimpses of his talent during his Watford debut against Stoke, and has the qualities to cause Chelsea’s unsettled defence problems.

Morata is the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock, as the Spain international prepares to return following a back problem. The striker has not exactly been full of goals in recent weeks, but he has 10 strikes to his name in the Premier League this season. It is 6/5 that the forward gets his name on the scoresheet at any point during the match.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Goals, as recent meetings between the two teams suggest that there will be plenty of them at Vicarage Road. It is 5/1 that over 4.5 goals are scored, while over 5.5 goals can be backed as high as 12/1.

2

We fancy:

Correct score of 2-2 is available at 18/1. Both teams will feel that they can exploit weaknesses in the opposition, and a score draw seems a likely outcome here.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Chelsea lost by three goals at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and Watford to win 3-0 in this match is 176/1.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.