CHELSEA v Watford: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 26 December
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our last game, against Sunderland, was probably the worst we’ll have to sit through this season – and god knows we’ve had to sit through enough dross. Obviously, we will always want to win – the point was, we wanted the same level of commitment under Jose Mourinho they managed to summon up without him last week. You’d have to think they got that message loud and clear, so it’s up to them what they do about it now.
This afternoon’s game against Watford won’t be anything like as easy, they’ve shown they have goals in them for a start and off the back of a win against Liverpool, the confidence will be all with them.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says “I spoke fully to the squad and of course we talked a bit about the past: why I’m here, the reasons why we are down. We cannot ignore what has happened in the recent past, but I asked them and told them to look in the mirror and be hypercritical and give the best for the team. They have to look forward. There must be a great desire to play, yes? If you don’t have that desire, please knock on my door and we’ll talk – we’ll talk briefly.”
Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores meanwhile, says “It’s tougher when a team have changed the manager. The team know that they need to show for the new manager. But we are ready for the experience. They play well and they have lots of experience and quality. We are expecting a very tough match. I had Guus for three years as a coach. I have a very good relationship with him, he is a very nice man. He’s always thinking about the ball, about possession. He’s worried about the players feeling free. It was 21 years ago – but things change.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Falcao is likely to still be out but we could see the return of Eden Hazard (hip).
For Watford, Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) are injured and Nathan Ake is ineligible against us.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Willian, Pedro; Costa.
WATFORD (Possible line-up): Gomes; Cathcart, Ake, Britos, Nyom; Capoue, Watdon, Abdi, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo.

LAST SEASON
N/A

CURRENT FORM
Chelsea: LWDLLW
Watford: LLWWWW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have not lost on Boxing Day in 10 games
~ Chelsea have lost four home games this season
~ Watford have won four consecutive top-flight games for the first time since April 1987.
~ Watford have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four home league games.
~ Watford have won six of their last eight league matches.

PREDICTION
Watford have goals in them and can defend their own as well. As for Chelsea, who even knows what they’re capable of any more? I don’t think Hiddink will have had enough time to paper over the cracks yet though, so won’t expect anything from this one

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