Kick-off: 1930, 26/12/2018
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Watford vs Chelsea
Watford go searching for a third successive Premier League win and can be buoyed by their recent home meetings with Chelsea, losing just one of the last three.
The Blues, meanwhile, suffered a third defeat in six top-flight outings when going down 1-0 at home to Leicester on Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are looking particularly vulnerable away, so we like 14/5 for a draw as our opening Watford vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
The Hornets have recovered from a six-game winless run to reel off victories over Cardiff and West Ham to move into seventh place.
Skipper Troy Deeney opened the scoring with a first-half penalty and Gerard Deulofeu added a late second to stun the Hammers, for whom Michail Antonio twice hit the woodwork.
Deeney told the club’s official website: “It was a tough game. We were more clinical, more ruthless and it resulted in a great away performance.
“Games like this are nice to win but it’s nothing serious. We’ve got Chelsea in a couple of days. Everyone’s going to enjoy Christmas with their families and then we’ll go again.”
Manager Javi Gracia was also full of praise for Deeney, saying: “I like the way he plays, his commitment, all the things he does day by day. He is our captain and an important player for us.”
The Hornets have won five and lost four of their nine home games but five of them have seen both teams scoring, so a stalemate is overdue and 15/4 for a score draw also takes the eye from the Watford vs Chelsea odds.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Sarri lost at home for the first time as Chelsea boss when Jamie Vardy struck six minutes into the second half as Leicester won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 18 years.
Eden Hazard hit the crossbar in the first period and Marcos Alonso fired against a post in stoppage time, but the Blues slipped level on points with Arsenal in fourth place.
Sarri said: “We played very well for 55 minutes. We played very good football.
“After the goal, the reaction was for me a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players.
“There was time to score, without reaction as a team shocked, as a team in mental confusion. In the match, we had a bad reaction. Now it depends on our reaction in the next three days.”
Watford have scored in seven of their nine home games and Chelsea have been blanked just once in eight away matches, so we will finish our Watford vs Chelsea betting tips by going for a 1-1 draw at 27/4.
Last Chelsea line-up: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian.
West Ham 0-2 WATFORD – Troy Deeney (pen), Gerard Deulofeu
CHELSEA 0-1 Leicester
Head-to-head: Watford 4-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-2 Watford, Chelsea 4-3 Watford, Watford 1-2 Chelsea, Watford 0-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-2 Watford
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