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Watford v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 5th February 2018

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Without a recognised striker available, Chelsea had a shocker at Stamford Bridge in midweek, losing 3-0 there against Bournemouth. That was a huge blow for them and now it’s out on the road to face Watford who got their first point under Javi Gracia in midweek as played out a 0-0 draw at Stoke. Will the arrival of Olivier Giroud to Chelsea help them get back on track in their battle for a top-four finish?

Watford v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 1/2, Draw 16/5, Watford 11/2* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.)

Watford News and Form

Watford collected a point in midweek as they played out a 0-0 draw with Stoke away from home. That leaves Watford on a five-match winless streak in the Premier League at the moment and they have collected just the one victory since beating Newcastle back on November 25th. Their home form has seen them win just three times Vicarage Road this season and they have won just one of their last six home fixtures. That was a 2-1 victory over Leicester back on Boxing Day. Watford have failed to score in their last two games but they have scored in each of their last seven on home soil. Their defence though is a big concern because they have conceded in each of their last six matches at Vicarage Road. Over 2.5 goals at William Hill is going to be worth considering because each of their last four home games have gone over the goal line. Watford have conceded over two goals per game on average on home soil so far this term. Even though they start the weekend up in 11th in the Premier League they only have a four-point cushion above the relegation Zone. A home win in this one would certainly boost their confidence.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues had an absolute nightmare in midweek as they were hammered 3-0 at home by Bournemouth. That was arguably their worst performance of the season and they were all over at the place at the back and completely just fell apart. They started the game without a recognised striker on the field but the arrival of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal will fix that for them. The Frenchman is at even money odds at William Hill to score on the weekend for his new club. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four away games winning two and drawing two of them. In their last away game in the flight, they tore Brighton apart 4-0. Chelsea have only lost twice on the road this season and both defeats were by a one-goal margin only. Chelsea really need to knuckle down and produce a response to that midweek failure. Despite their bomb against the Cherries, Chelsea gave taken a clean sheet in six of their last eight league games and the Blues to win to nil at William Hill, given Watford’s struggles may still have some appeal and their midweek loss will have left a good price riding on that option.

Watford v Chelsea Head to Head

Chelsea have won three of their last four visits to Vicarage Road now and overall home and away have won their last three against the Hornets, scoring ten goals in the process. Watford’s last win over Chelsea was back in the 1999 Premiership and they are winless in thirteen against the London side since then, losing ten of those. Seven of the last eight meetings between the two clubs have gone over 2.5 goals.

Who will win – Watford v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea will be better with having a proper striker on the field and you won’t see them as defensively frail as they were against Bournemouth very often. This is a testing game for them, but with Watford still trying to put the pieces of a new plan together, back a Chelsea win but with both teams to score.

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